Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

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 »

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

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?

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

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 »

VMware Announces EVO – Hyper-Converged Reference Architectures

The big announcement so far at VMworld 2014 is the final emergence a new reference architecture called EVO and what was covertly known as Project Mystic or Marvin.  EVO is VMware’s hyper-converged offering to take on the likes of Nutanix, Simplivity and Scale Computing. It’s obvious that VMware sees the idea of hyper-converged solutions as both a threat and an ... Read More »

Compression – Table Stakes for Next Generation Storage Platforms

The storage world of tomorrow will see a divergence of technology into two main camps; storage will be either capacity or performance focused.  At the performance end, today’s newest generations of storage platforms are taking advantage of technologies such as flash to deliver high throughput and low latency I/O for the latest generation of performance hungry applications and hypervisors.  High ... Read More »