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Acquisitions Continue to Drive Storage Flash Market

This week we have seen yet another brace of storage vendor acquisitions – and it’s only Tuesday.  As announced today, Whiptail Inc are to be acquired by Cisco as technology to be integrated into their UCS stack.  Earlier this week (i.e. yesterday), Virident Systems Inc were acquired by Western Digital (WDC), one of the top two hard drive manufacturers. Whiptail ... Read More »

EMC Megalaunch – Speeding to Lead Balloon

It’s difficult to know where to start with EMC’s “Megalaunch”, broadcast for 24 hours yesterday, but let’s split it into two; the hyperbole and the actual product announcements. With reference to Happy Days, EMC have certainly jumped the shark.  Some may say they jumped the shark some time ago when they decided to ride a motorbike over a row of ... Read More »

Living Without Microsoft – The Desktop

This is one of a series of posts discussing devolving from the software and hardware products of Microsoft.  Previous posts: Living Without Microsoft – Introduction (24th August 2013) I’ve been a user of Microsoft’s Windows platform since it was first released in 1985.  At the time I was a University student studying Computer Science and Mathematics and during the holidays ... Read More »

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 »