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Unified Storage – A Genuine Product Category?

This week Hitachi launched their entry into the Unified storage array marketplace (press release).  Hitachi Unified Storage (or HUS) as it will be known, takes AMS2xxx arrays and BlueArc NAS gateway/heads, combining them together to produce a unified platform.  We’ll come back to Hitachi in a later post, but in the meantime, I think it is worth questioning whether Unified ... Read More »

Could XtremIO Steal EMC’s Thunder?

If the weekend IT press is to be believed, EMC are on the verge of acquiring solid-state array vendor XtremIO in a deal worth around $450 million.  This would be a remarkable outcome for a company that is still technically “in stealth mode” and has no obvious revenue or customers. Why would EMC do this?  Their normal acquisition process is ... Read More »

Primary Storage De-duplication: Only for SSD Arrays?

I recently wrote an article for TechTarget that looked at the implementations of data de-duplication in primary storage arrays.  One of the things that stood out for me was the lack of de-duplication support in traditional (and some might say legacy) storage arrays. The cynical amongst us would say that the big 5 storage vendors have no vested interest in ... Read More »

Storage Field Day – 26th & 27th April 2012

The time has come around quickly and yet again I find myself attending another Tech Field Day.  However this will only be my third event; it’s also the very first Storage Field Day – an event dedicated to storage companies.  Over the course of the two days we will see a range of companies, some of whom have presented before ... Read More »

Solid State Storage Symposium 25th April 2012

As part of my trip to San Jose for Storage Field Day, I will be participating in the Solid State Storage Symposium, which is being held the day before the Field Day event on 25th April 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose.  You can find a link to the event at the end of this post. I’ll be hosting ... Read More »

Travel in April: Storage Field Day

At the end of April I will be attending the first Storage Field Day, part of Stephen Foskett’s Tech Field Day events.  It seems a little odd to be having a dedicated storage day, as most or a majority perhaps of the preceding presentations have been storage focused.  However there’s been a theme going on with Networking Field Days and a Security ... Read More »