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XtremIO (aka Project X) – Where’s the Innovation? (Updated)

There have been a few interesting articles discussing EMC’s anticipated release of Project X, also known as their XtremIO acquisition from earlier this year.  Tom Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus Data has a blog that does a virtual teardown on the leaked hardware specifications.  Robin Harris also chooses to raise the stakes with a commentary on EMC’s problem child.  Somehow I ... Read More »

Next Generation Storage Symposium – 7th November 2012

Last week I attended the Next Generation Storage Symposium (NGSS) in San Jose.  This was a forerunner to the second Storage Field Day, which I didn’t attend, however.  In the NGSS I moderated a panel discussion on next generation storage architecture, with Dave Wright from SolidFire, Jason Collier from Scale Computing, Matt Kixmoeller from Pure Storage and Tom Isakovich from ... Read More »

Further Thoughts on VVOLS (Updated)

Following on from my first post on VVOLs, I did a little research on the two technology previews that had been presented at this and last year’s VMworld – sessions INF-STO2223 & VSP3205 respectively.  The sessions fill in a few background ideas and seem to have evolved slightly over the past 12 months.  Here are some of the contents. I/O ... Read More »

Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – Virtual Fibre Channel

This is one of a series of posts discussing the new features in Windows Server 2012, now shipping and previously in public beta as Windows Server 8.  You can find references to other related posts at the end of this article.  This post reviews the new Hyper-V 3.0 feature, Virtual Fibre Channel. Background Virtual Fibre Channel (VFC) enables a Hyper-V ... Read More »

Optimising Storage Architectures for SSD

Last week I attended Hitachi’s 2012 Blogger Day.  Aside from catching up with some old friends, we were presented with some NDA stuff which will see the light of day soon.  In the meantime, I want to talk about a press release Hitachi made while I was still on holiday (and clearly missed as I returned, somewhat jetlagged). Previously I’ve ... Read More »

The Cyclical Nature of Storage

Perhaps I should have entitled this post “The Cyclical Nature of IT” because the same principles apply.   Over time, storage moves back and forth between fully dispersed and fully centralised like a sine wave on an oscilloscope. The Evidence Look at the evidence.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s there was no choice but to be centralised.  All we had ... Read More »