CEO Updates: Tintri and Violin Memory (updated)

Over the last two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to meet with CEOs from two startup companies in the storage industry.  Both are relatively new to their positions, however each company has very different challenges ahead. Violin Memory is one of the original all-flash storage vendors which went through a rather rocky IPO last year; Tintri is a startup focusing ... Read More »

Storage Field Day 5: Vendor Profiles (Part 2)

This post continues the discussion on what to expect from vendors presenting at the next Storage Field Day in Silicon Valley between 23-25 April 2014. SanDisk The first thing that comes to mind when I hear SanDisk’s name is their range of consumer devices.  Of course the company is about a lot more than that and has previously presented at a ... Read More »

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 »