SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

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Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware node options were announced.  SolidFire ... Read More »

Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

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Overnight news officially broke that Hewlett Packard Inc is to divide its business into two, focusing on PCs and printing through HP Inc and enterprise services and hardware through a company to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Meg Whitman will run one (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and chair the other (HP Inc). The idea of spinning off parts of HP (including the PC ... Read More »

EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

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News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block ... Read More »

VMworld 2014: VAIO – vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

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One of the more interesting announcements at VMworld 2014 this year was a technology called VAIO or vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering.  This new feature was detailed in session TEX1492 (although I didn’t see it) and will allow 3rd party vendors to insert code in the form of a filter driver and deployed as a VIB that can be used ... Read More »

Why Have VVOLs Taken So Long to Deliver?

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Another VMworld has come and gone and still we haven’t seen the production deployment of VVOLs.  Just to recap, VVOLs are the evolution of the packaging of virtual machines that currently reside in data stores.  The main benefit is to be able to apply storage performance and availability policies to a VM object rather than an entire datastore as we ... Read More »

Another $140m for Nutanix as the Spectre of EVO Rises

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Today Nutanix Inc announced another (series E) round of funding from undisclosed investors to bring the total investment in the company to $312m (see Codex entry for Nutanix for details). There’s no doubting the timing of this announcement is no accident, coming in the same week that VMware announced it’s entry into the hyper-converged market with EVO. Nutanix are building their ... Read More »