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Violin Memory acquires Gridiron Systems

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Yesterday, Violin announced that they have acquired Gridiron Systems, a vendor of cache acceleration hardware and software.  At the outset it may seem odd that an all-flash vendor would want to acquire a company offering acceleration for traditional arrays, however this could be a very smart deal indeed in a number of ways. Software is King Although hardware is important ... Read More »

Vendor Lock-in with Cloud Storage – Good or Bad?

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There have been two interesting and contrasting announcements covering cloud storage in the last couple of weeks.  The first was NetApp, who have announced “NetApp Private Storage for AWS”.  which seems to a proprietary way of replicating data into the AWS cloud.  The second comes from Nirvanix and Violin Memory; Violin have deployed their all-SSD storage appliances into Nirvanix’ public ... Read More »

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

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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 »

The Evolution of Solid State Arrays

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In the first wave of solid-state storage arrays, we saw commodity style SSDs (solid state drives) being added to traditional storage arrays.  This solution provided an incremental benefit in performance over spinning hard drives, however the back-end technology in these arrays was developed up to 20 years ago and was purely focused around driving performance out of the slowest part ... Read More »

Two New Podcast Appearances – Speaking in Tech and Violin

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This week I managed to fit in two podcasts.  First was episode 5 of Speaking in Tech with Greg Knieriemen and co.  Second was the first of a new series of podcasts from Violin Memory, which I recorded while in California for Tech Field Day.  You can find both podcasts from the links below.  Enjoy! Violin Podcast Speaking in Tech ... Read More »

Could XtremIO Steal EMC’s Thunder?

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If the weekend IT press is to be believed, EMC are on the verge of acquiring solid-state array vendor XtremIO in a deal worth around $450 million.  This would be a remarkable outcome for a company that is still technically “in stealth mode” and has no obvious revenue or customers. Why would EMC do this?  Their normal acquisition process is ... Read More »