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The Evolution of Hitachi Data Systems

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It wasn’t long ago that many people used to think of Hitachi Data Systems, aka HDS as nothing more than a box shifter.  I myself have to admit at being complicit in that view, being somewhat negative of the release of Hitachi High Availability Manager in 2009.  The other criticism levelled at the company was the quality of their software, ... Read More »

Quick Post: Thought Provoking Hitachi Blogs

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There are a couple of good blog posts worthy of a look over at the Hitachi website this week, good enough for me to post references to them as they aren’t purely about the latest hardware product on offer. First, Dave Merrill (aka The Storage Economist) talks about storage cost ratios in “Back to 1999 Capex Ratio“.  Dave’s content is ... Read More »

Making Sense of Storage Vendor Growth Comparisons

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Each quarter, Gartner produces a report listing their estimates on figures for sales of external storage arrays, otherwise known as “external controller-based” disk (ECB).  The figures for 3Q12 are just out and make interesting reading.  IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle are all down on their position 12 months ago, whilst the other vendors have seen growth, with the best figures ... Read More »

VAAI Follow Up – VMware Recommend Disabling Thin Reclaim

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Last week VMware issued this advisory on their knowledge base, recommending the disabling of VAAI Thin Provisioning reclaim in ESXi 5.0.  Apparently it seems to be causing “poor performance’ during certain vSphere actions like Storage vMotion.  The “cause” section contains the somewhat vague comment as follows: VAAI Thin Provisioning is enabled by default on devices that adheres to T10 standards. ... Read More »

Hitachi Acquire BlueArc (At Last)

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I don’t talk about company acquisitions too often but I can’t let the purchase of BlueArc by HDS pass me by without adding my opinion.  First of all, for those of you who don’t know, BlueArc sells NAS hardware which has been resold by HDS for some years under the HNAS brand.  The hardware comes stand-alone or can act as ... Read More »

Infosmack Podcast #92 – From HDS Bloggers’ Day 2011

Last week I took part in a special Infosmack recording at the HDS Bloggers’ Day.  You can find a link to the recording here, via The Register; http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/29/hds_storage_virtualisation_podcast/ Unfortunately we still didn’t have the Hu v Claus benchpress competiton, but hey…. In this picture are: Greg Knieriemen – @knieriemen Hu Yoshida Claus Mikklesen – @yoclaus Nigel Poulton – @nigelpoulton Devang ... Read More »