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Black Friday Comes Early for Violin

Violin Memory Inc released their 3Q 2014 financial results last week, which showed both an increase in revenue for the quarter and an increase in their losses for the same period.  At the same time they increased their customer base by only 32.  The markets reacted badly to the news, with Violin’s stock price falling by 48% on Friday 22nd ... 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 »

Virtualisation – Solving the Storage Problem

One of the interesting take-aways from VMworld EMEA this year was the number of companies looking to solve the “storage problem” in virtualisation.  I’m sure many of our traditional storage vendors will say that no problem exists, however there is a perception that storage, in particular Fibre Channel, is a costly solution and requires expensive administrators to keep tidy and ... Read More »

Understanding the Value of Seagate Kinetic

Once in a while a new technology comes along and despite all your best efforts, it is a challenge to put a measure on the value.  So it is with Seagate’s Kinetic announcement, which has been covered across the media recently.  In case you missed it, here’s the press release.  Seagate are claiming it as a breakthrough in hard drive ... Read More »

6TB HGST Helium Drive Continues Move to Two-Tier Storage

Over the years, hard disk drives have steadily increased their speeds, peaking at 15,000 RPM, with only a fleeting attempt by Western Digital to push the boundaries up to 20K.  As we know, at that point solid-state drives became more viable than faster HDDs and manufacturers have reined back their aspirations.  Recently we’ve seen more focus on larger capacity storage. ... Read More »

The Storage Industry Is No Get Rich Quick Scheme (Goodbye Starboard)

The demise of Starboard Storage, a vendor of hybrid storage arrays is being widely reported across the IT media outlets (see coverage in related links at the end of this article).  Howard Marks has some good background on the company history, which saves me repeating what’s already been written.  Starboard were both hybrid and converged – hybrid in the sense ... Read More »