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Why The Software Defined Data Centre May Be Years Away

This week the news has been dominated by VMware and VMworld 2013.  The major theme has been “Software Defined”, in particular moving to a Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC).  The concept of SDDC is a noble one and certainly a target we should be looking to strive towards.  However in reality I believe it’s a while away.  There are a ... Read More »

The Evolution of Hitachi Data Systems

It wasn’t long ago that many people used to think of Hitachi Data Systems, aka HDS as nothing more than a box shifter.  I myself have to admit at being complicit in that view, being somewhat negative of the release of Hitachi High Availability Manager in 2009.  The other criticism levelled at the company was the quality of their software, ... Read More »

Living without Microsoft – Introduction

With news of Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft, I thought it would be interesting to see how easy it would be to divest completely of all Microsoft products in both the consumer and enterprise spaces.  I have a feeling that many of today’s existing users are there because they have to, rather than because they choose to and this experience ... Read More »

Tech Trailblazers 2013

Last year I was fortunate to be a judge of the 2012 Tech Trailblazers awards.  After some intense scrutinising, awards were made across nine categories including storage and virtualisation.  A full list of the previous winners are included at the end of this post.  I’ve talked about a few of these companies in the past, including SolidFire and Nutanix and ... Read More »

Managing Microcode Upgrades

Blog reader Chris Saunderson contacted me some time ago and asked the question on how often array microcode should be upgraded.  Well, better late than never Chris, I’ve crafted the following blog post to discuss the subject. Chris posed the question in relation to storage microcode.  On many (certainly enterprise) storage arrays, the control functions are managed in microcode, which ... Read More »

Gartner ECB (External Controller-Based Disk) – 4Q2012

The latest Gartner ECB survey is out and as discussed in my last post, I’ve updated my data to reflect the latest set of figures.  The vendors all have ups and downs each quarter so this data is particularly interesting as it covers year end 2012 and allows four years of comparisons from 2009 through to 2012. As expected, in ... Read More »