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HP Storage Bets on 3PAR

At the recent HP Discover event in Frankfurt, HP announced their latest storage products in what was billed as their “most important/exciting announcement in 10 years”.  As well as re-branding the storage platforms from IBM-esque naming to more user friendly (and presumably copyright and trademark-able) monikers  the company release details of their extended 3PAR range, now called StoreServ, which in part ... Read More »

Data Robotics Releases Business-class Arrays

Today Data Robotics (Drobo) are announcing a new range of storage devices specifically targeted at business customers.  However this is a market that already has many players; what are they offering and how will they fare in this already competitive market? New Devices First of all, let’s take a look at the new storage devices.  Nomenclature has been changed over ... Read More »

Virtualisation: DroboPro – Hyper-V’s Best Friend!

I’ve had my DroboPro for some time now and initially I had mixed results with it.  Although I was aware of the single connection to an iSCSI target restriction, I was slightly disappointed with the lack of vmfs support within the Drobo operating system, especially as the product sells itself on understanding the filesystem format.  My next move has been to test ... Read More »

DroboPro – Hyper-V’s Best Friend!

I’ve had my DroboPro for some time now and initially I had mixed results with it.  Although I was aware of the single connection to an iSCSI target restriction, I was slightly disappointed with the lack of vmfs support within the Drobo operating system, especially as the product sells itself on understanding the filesystem format.  My next move has been to test ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Run My Storage At 60%? No Way!

Hu Yoshida has an interesting view on his recent post discussing storage utilisation rates.  His concluding remark suggests running at a maximum of 60% utilisation – even with Dynamic Provisioning.  Hu, you must be joking, right? Point 1: I’ve paid for my 100% of storage and I’m going to use it.  I don’t remember any vendor suggesting only paying 60% ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: 3par and HDS – 50% Saving – Guaranteed?

In the past week, both 3Par and HDS have announced a 50% guarantee on reclaimed storage if customers move data from existing “fat” legacy arrays to 3Par storage or use HDS thin provisioning technologies.  The 3Par news release is here; the Hitachi news release is here. The 3Par guarantee is presented with a caveat: The above is intended to highlight ... Read More »