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CentOS Moves Closer to Red Hat

In an announcement yesterday the CentOS Project has announced that it is moving closer to Red Hat, with a more collaborative approach to the way in which CentOS is managed and distributed.  For those not fully aware, CentOS is a free open-source binary compatible version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (which is a fully supported and chargeable product).  CentOS is ... Read More »

The Virtual Machine is a Legacy Construct

Virtualisation is great.  As well as being a massively cool technology (and I’ve been using it since 1987), it has allowed us to manage more workload, first by running multiple mainframe instances on the same physical machine and second in the x86 world to take our physical servers and consolidate them into larger physical footprints.  In a way virtualisation had ... Read More »

Violin Memory Delivers Converged Storage

As mentioned in this recent post, there’s a lot of activity in the market looking at combining storage and compute not just in the same rack (version 1.0) but within the same server infrastructure itself.  We can look to Nutanix as being the first to bring this to market in a commercial product and where they have led, others have ... Read More »

Nasuni Cloud Mirroring – Protecting Against Service Provider Failures

Following on from my post discussing the shutdown of Nirvanix, last week I took some time to catch up with Nasuni and had a good conversation with Andres Rodriguez, Founder and CEO.  In particular, we talked about their new Cloud Mirroring feature, a replication offering that looks to mitigate the risk of using a single back-end storage service provider. Background ... Read More »

What is EMC’s Project Nile?

At EMC’s recent launch event (coverage here), the company provided teaser information on something called “Project Nile” – a sideways swipe at Amazon Web Services and something that’s due to develop into a product offering some time in 2014.  But what is Project Nile, a platform, a product, a service?  Hans De Leenheer’s recent interview with Chad Sakac and the ... Read More »

Storage Innovation – Diablo Technologies

Although it doesn’t appear to be well taught these days, the fundamentals of computer architecture are important for understanding how our industry will evolve over time.  This knowledge is important in understanding some of the innovations we are seeing come to market.  I hear people talk about lack of innovation in the storage industry, however that couldn’t be further from ... Read More »