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Storage Field Day 5: Vendor Profiles (Part 1)

With just under a month to the next Storage Field Day (the Influencer event run by Stephen Foskett and his team) I thought it would be good to profile the presenting companies and set the scene about what we can expect during the three days of presentations. For those unfamiliar with the Tech Field Day format, the idea is to ... Read More »

Review: QSAN AegisSAN Q500-F21 SAN Array

Despite all the talk about new technologies, there’s still a market for SMB/SME capable storage arrays.  I already have a QSAN P100V4 in the lab, which is my main iSCSI array and that has been working faultlessly for the last 18 months.  Recently reviewed the QSAN Q500-F21, part of the AegisSAN range that supports both iSCSI and Fibre Channel. Product ... Read More »

Project Mystic – EMC & VMware Do Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

If the rumours are to be believed, EMC and VMware are teaming up to develop their own converged infrastructure solution.  With the imminent release of VMware’s Virtual SAN platform, it appears even the storage “giants” of the industry are accepting that converged infrastructure is a force to be reckoned with. The CRN article above is thin on details but let’s ... Read More »

Cost Reduction Is Still On The Agenda for Enterprise Storage

Dave Merrill has another great article on his “Storage Economist” blog, talking about predictions for 2014.  This one is interesting as it talks about the price erosion versus growth curve that we have seen over the last few years.  He predicts CAPEX spend will actually increase as we move forward into 2014. Managing growth continues to be the number one ... Read More »

Changing Consumption Models in Enterprise Storage

Anyone who is involved in purchasing enterprise or midrange storage will recognise the story being painted in a recent blog post on the Pure Storage website.  The post introduces the concept of “Forever Flash” by first discussing the way in which storage is typically purchased. It’s true that vendors have manipulated the storage refresh cycle to their own advantage, but ... Read More »

Hitachi Added to All-Flash Codex Page

The work continues to collect more data for the All-Flash Codex page.  I’ve now added Hitachi’s HUS VM all-flash model, which uses custom FMD (flash memory device) modules rather than SSDs.  Finding the appropriate content can be tricky, so thanks to those who have come forward and offered material and links.  One document I hadn’t found was one on HUS ... Read More »