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The Psychology of Pricing

It’s been another interesting week in IT.  Following on from recent rumours, Nirvanix have finally publicly announced they are closing down, replacing their website with a single holding page directing customers to IBM.  Yesterday, Violin Memory released their shares to the public and floated on the New York Stock Exchange.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of appetite to buy and ... Read More »

Violin Maestro – The Flash On-Ramp?

Imagine the following scenario, played out in IT departments around the world.  As business grows, so does data volume and application traffic.  Performance suffers as the application starts creaking around the edges.  The inevitable upgrade is required.  If the application is relatively new, it may be possible to scale out the architecture, however this isn’t the case for many traditional ... Read More »

ZFS & MySQL – Using Open Source

I’ve been a fan of the ZFS (zed-eff-ess to us in the UK)  filesystem ever since I evaluated the Sun Storage 7000 server in 2009.  The platform and technology has since been acquired by Oracle.   Although Sun Microsystems did have some odd product strategies, releasing OpenSolaris was one of their better ones, a concept that Oracle decided wasn’t part ... Read More »

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 »

Storage IPO Season – Violin Memory and Pure Storage

It has emerged that both Violin Memory Inc and Pure Storage Inc are on the verge of initial public offerings, based on news articles last week.  Chris Mellor reports that Violin have filed for IPO, looking to raise $172m and in separate news, Pure Storage have raised a massive $150m in preparation for IPO some time soon.  Although both of ... Read More »