HP Discover – All-Flash Podcast

During last week’s HP Discover, I spent 15 minutes discussing all-flash arrays with Calvin Zito (HP’s Storage Guy) and Chris Wahl, from Wahl Network.  The conclusion of our discussion is that it’s all about requirements for the customer rather than placing products into contrived categories.  The idea of the “all-flash array” or AFA has been useful as a reference point ... Read More »

Nimble Storage Reaches Successful IPO – What Next?

Disclaimer – this post does not constitute financial advice in any way and all information provided is purely for illustrative purposes. Last Friday, which was the 13th and clearly not unlucky for some, Nimble Storage Inc floated on the New York Stock Exchange at an opening price of $21.  The shares did well, closing at $33.93, or a premium of ... Read More »

Another View on HP Moonshot

After HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas earlier this year I was left struggling to think how HP’s Moonshot platform would offer the new paradigm in computing HP were promising.  I just didn’t accept the idea of “software defined servers”, which was perhaps the worst way to describe these low power computing devices.  However having done some research on processor ... Read More »

Comparing and Contrasting All Flash Arrays – All Vendors (Updated)

Don’t you just hate it when someone beats you to the blog post you intended to write.  Following on From Vaughn Stewart‘s Pure blog (Comparing and Contrasting All Flash Arrays), Calvin Zito (HP, Around the Storage Block Blog) has updated the sheet and added the HP 3PAR 7450.  Obviously, it’s Calvin’s job to show HP products in a good light, ... Read More »

The Virtual Machine is a Legacy Construct

Virtualisation is great.  As well as being a massively cool technology (and I’ve been using it since 1987), it has allowed us to manage more workload, first by running multiple mainframe instances on the same physical machine and second in the x86 world to take our physical servers and consolidate them into larger physical footprints.  In a way virtualisation had ... Read More »

Reinventing The Storage Array and Learning From Blackblaze

A recent post from the Backblaze blog has received wide coverage across the blogosphere and news outlets. Entitled “How long do disk drives last?“, it attempts to put some science behind the statistics of the life of a hard drive compared to the manufacturers quoted figures.  It’s not a surprise to find that the results show drives fail more often ... Read More »