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Unified Storage – A Genuine Product Category?

This week Hitachi launched their entry into the Unified storage array marketplace (press release).  Hitachi Unified Storage (or HUS) as it will be known, takes AMS2xxx arrays and BlueArc NAS gateway/heads, combining them together to produce a unified platform.  We’ll come back to Hitachi in a later post, but in the meantime, I think it is worth questioning whether Unified ... Read More »

Drive Prices Increase – Who Will Suffer Most?

Storagezilla calls out hard disk availability in his recent post.  In fact, I discussed the subject of drive prices last week with James Carter of Touchdown PR on my way to SNW Europe.  James highlighted he was seeing prices on standard drives having doubled recently. I went back and looked at my last drive purchases – two Western Digital 2TB ... Read More »

Compellent: New Features Speculation

Chris Mellor recently speculated on Compellent and the additional horsepower of their new storage product releases – series 40 controllers with Storage Center 5.4.  Over dinner last night, we discussed how various features could be integrated into the current architecture.  Many of them are surprisingly easy to achieve (or so we believe).  One feature under the spotlight was primary data ... Read More »

EMC Delays New CLARiiON and Celerra? – UPDATED

According to this Barrons report, EMC are delayed in the release of their next generation of CLARiiON and Celerra hardware until around April next year.  I’m not aware of details of any new products, but I suspect that EMC is looking to harmonise these two product lines into a single piece of hardware and software, making the products more unified ... Read More »

Will EMC Leave Non-Vblock Customers Out In The Cold?

Last Friday I was a guest on the latest Infosmack podcast, with special guest Chad Sakac.  One of the topics was Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager 2.0 (initially in beta).  You can read more details in the press release, however in a nutshell, UIM is all about providing unified orchestration for deployment of virtualisation in a Vblock architecture. I asked Chad ... Read More »

3Par Acquisition: The Future For The Storage Industry

The ongoing battle for 3Par by HP & Dell tells us much more about the state of the IT Industry than just the desires of two companies to acquire some interesting storage tech.  It signals an acceptance that storage is a key feature in the future direction of the IT industry – more important than networking and almost as important ... Read More »