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Primary Storage De-duplication: Only for SSD Arrays?

I recently wrote an article for TechTarget that looked at the implementations of data de-duplication in primary storage arrays.  One of the things that stood out for me was the lack of de-duplication support in traditional (and some might say legacy) storage arrays. The cynical amongst us would say that the big 5 storage vendors have no vested interest in ... Read More »

EMC Enters The Market With “Me Too” Flash Products

Yesterday EMC finally revealed the details on their not-so-secret Lightning and Thunder flash projects.  Fortunately this launch event didn’t include cramming small people into minis or firing Chad Sakac out of a cannon, but was more focused on the market and products EMC are bringing to it.  There was also a large amount of Twitter activity; look back at the ... Read More »

Solid State Arrays: SolidFire

One of the attendees at TFD#8 was SolidFire Inc, another startup company focusing on selling entirely solid-state disk arrays.  As you’d expect, they have their own niche and part of the market they are targeting with their all-flash drive product.  So how do they compare to the competition and what’s their “unique selling point” compared to the likes of Violin ... Read More »

Who Will Be The First Solid State Array Vendor To Be Acquired?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you can’t have failed to notice that solid state storage is here and is here in a big way.  Two weeks ago at TFD#8, we had presentations from two all-flash array startups, Pure Storage and SolidFire.  I’ll have more specifics on these companies over the coming weeks, however ... Read More »

HP & Violin?

I found the following article from last week’s “The Register” an interesting one: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/27/hp_and_violin_memory/ In it, Chris Mellor talks about HP producing an Oracle Exadata competitor by integrating the use of Violin Memory’s all-SSD storage array.  Folks may remember that I predicted exactly this set up in the following post: http://www.thestoragearchitect.com/2010/06/17/enterprise-computing-storage-arrays-where-data-goes-to-die/ While attending an HP event last year it became ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Storage Arrays – Where Data Goes to Die

Last week’s news reports that COPAN Systems are back from the dead after their purchase by SGI.  The newly branded arrays have been tweaked (for example 50% of drives can be spinning on the SGI incarnation) but essentially the concept is the same; store shedloads of inactive data. HP Blades Day made me do some serious thinking regarding the way ... Read More »