Storage Field Day 7 – 11-13 March 2015

Next week I will be in the Bay Area to attend Storage Field Day #7, the latest event of Stephen Foskett’s hugely successful Tech Field Days.  The Tech Field Day (TFD) series has been running since 2009 (see the nice picture with the first attendees in it) and has grown to encompass specific disciplines including virtualisation, networking, wireless and potentially “big data” ... Read More »

HDS Top with Latest SPC-1 All-Flash Benchmark

Following hot on the heels of NetApp and their SPC-1 benchmark figures for the EF560 all-flash array, HDS have announced that the VSP G1000 has delivered the fastest benchmark figures to date, as highlighted in the graph shown here (borrowed from Hu Yoshida’s blog post on the news).  Links to the various SPC-1 results are shown at the end of ... Read More »

Violin Memory Upgrades Products with Native Data Services

Earlier this week Violin Memory (NYSE:VMEM) released two new products that close the loop on integrating data services into the company’s familiar 3U appliance.  Under the branding of Flash Storage Platform the company announced the new 7300E entry level model, which scales to 35TB raw (125TB effective), while the 7300 scales to 70TB raw (217TB effective), both in the 3RU ... Read More »

IBM Storage “Rebrands”, But Only Partially

In what I can only describe as a “remarkable” announcement, IBM has taken a number of their lacklustre storage products and rebranded them, using the new name of IBM Spectrum Storage.  The title of the press release implies some new software has been developed but the majority of the new spectrum platforms simply appear to be renamed existing products.  The new ... Read More »

Flash In The Enterprise 2015 Report Now Available

This year I’m moving to producing more independent content and analysis through Langton Blue (my consultancy company).  I’ll be continuing to blog here however the content will likely change to be more technical while the blog at Langton Blue ( will become more business focused. The first of a series of independent reports has been published and is available for purchase ... Read More »

All-Flash Arrays – Call For Information (Updated)

It’s just over 12 months since I posted this spreadsheet on all-flash array comparisons, based on previous work from Calvin Zito and Vaughn Stewart.  I posted an update here but this is now woefully out of date and so I’m rewriting the comparison matrix and hope to have a new version online in February.  I’ve started contacting vendors but I’m ... Read More »