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 »

Google Drive Starts Price Drop Madness

It was widely reported last week that Google have dropped the price of their online storage offering, Drive.  Customers get 15GB for free, with 100GB at a measly $1.99 per month and a terabyte at only $9.99.  But is the race to the bottom a good thing? Price erosion in storage is not a new thing; it’s been happening ever ... 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 »

Will TCO Drive Software Defined Storage?

With the imminent announcement of pricing for VMware Virtual SAN, there has never been a more complex landscape for storage in the enterprise.  But how much of future decisions will be based on technology and how much on understanding the TCO of solutions being deployed? Rumour has it that VSAN will be priced at about $2500 per CPU.  That’s on ... 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 »