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Violin Maestro – The Flash On-Ramp?

Imagine the following scenario, played out in IT departments around the world.  As business grows, so does data volume and application traffic.  Performance suffers as the application starts creaking around the edges.  The inevitable upgrade is required.  If the application is relatively new, it may be possible to scale out the architecture, however this isn’t the case for many traditional ... Read More »

Acquisitions Continue to Drive Storage Flash Market

This week we have seen yet another brace of storage vendor acquisitions – and it’s only Tuesday.  As announced today, Whiptail Inc are to be acquired by Cisco as technology to be integrated into their UCS stack.  Earlier this week (i.e. yesterday), Virident Systems Inc were acquired by Western Digital (WDC), one of the top two hard drive manufacturers. Whiptail ... Read More »

EMC Megalaunch – Speeding to Lead Balloon

It’s difficult to know where to start with EMC’s “Megalaunch”, broadcast for 24 hours yesterday, but let’s split it into two; the hyperbole and the actual product announcements. With reference to Happy Days, EMC have certainly jumped the shark.  Some may say they jumped the shark some time ago when they decided to ride a motorbike over a row of ... Read More »

Quick Thought: Gartner SSD Market Analysis

Chris Mellor did a quick write-up on some of the details in Gartner’s latest SSD market report.  The document, entitled “Market Share Analysis: SSD Component and SSD-Based Appliances, Worldwide, 2012” was issued in June and if you’re so inclined can be purchased online. Some of the detail Chris showed, including Samsung’s  SSD dominance, is interesting, but what I found worthy ... Read More »

3PAR Continues to be HP Storage Cornerstone

This week HP announced their new all-flash array, the 3PAR StoreServ 7450.  I’ll post separately on the details of the new platform, but for now, I’d like to discuss the strategy HP are taking compared to the wider market. As we can see from one of the slides presented yesterday, HP are firmly targeting EMC’s disparate technology portfolio. It’s true ... Read More »

Manipulating the Message – The Art of Marketing

The last few weeks have seen a couple of important flash technology announcements.  They are important as they bring two of the “Big 5/6” storage vendors up to speed in a market that is already pretty well occupied.  Unfortunately all of these announcements are coupled with hyperbole, figure hiding and in some cases, bare-faced lies. Company N Let’s look first ... Read More »