This coming week I will be in Las Vegas for HP Discover 2013. I was last here 2 years ago and HP have had a turbulent time since then, especially with their mobile strategy and the Autonomy acquisition. From my perspective, I’m interested to hear about new developments on the storage front – no doubt there will be announcements from the 3PAR (StoreServ) and StoreVirtual teams amongst others. I’m also looking forward to getting more information on Project Moonshot, billed as a software defined server. I’m not really clear on the value proposition for Moonshot and having yet another “software defined” moniker doesn’t help.
Speaking of software defined, I did a video with HP a couple of weeks ago on software defined storage. Although we still have no clear definition, Kate Davis and I discussed some of the ideas and issues around what software defined storage means. A link to the video is listed here.
Based on my poll earlier this year, many people see SDS as being based on “white-box” x86 servers. I’m sure that will please Intel, but fundamentally from a hardware perspective I think we need more than that in certain instances. For example, exploiting flash fully still requires some design around the hardware; building in fault tolerance & availability (e.g. hot-swapping components) requires a clustered design – this isn’t simply white-box x86 implementation. I do agree with the policy-based management piece though and that ultimately for me, along with QoS is what I see SDS delivering. Historically, storage arrays have delivered “best efforts” responses, with lightly loaded arrays outperforming a fully loaded configuration; we all can point to examples where end users who were first on a new array would start complaining once the box was fully configured to other hosts. What we do need is more predictable response, even if that means under-utilising hardware initially. It also provides the basis for differentiated service; something providers can charge for.
If you’re in Vegas drop me a note, otherwise I’ll be based around the bloggers area. In the meantime, have a look at the following link that covers potential new storage announcements. I’ve also included a link to Calvin Zito‘s list of attending bloggers.
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