VDI Will Eat Your Storage System – And What To Do About It

As we’ve mentioned in previous columns, in order for a VDI project to have any chance of success it has to deliver at least the same computing experience users had prior to their desktop being virtualized. That makes sense, but it’s not that easy. In fact, we’ve blogged about this in not so uncertain terms “Users hate VDI and why that’s a problem”. But why do many users dislike their VDI solutions? In a word it’s the “experience”. The...

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Who’s On First? IDC, Gartner Anoint Storage Winners But…
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Who’s On First? IDC, Gartner Anoint Storage Winners But…

Like death and taxes, you can count on a veritable flood of press releases, blogs, tweets, emails and every other conceivable form of communications to pour out when analysts provide quarterly, annual or one-off report cards on vendors and markets. The most recent deluge occurred with the releases of Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays and IDC’s second quarter Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems...

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Infinio — But Is It Infinite?

Infinio is a Boston-based company that has a very interesting play on flash acceleration. Having recently sat through a briefing with its representatives, I can say that Infinio’s vision and future are bright. Why am I saying this? I have got to admit that with this company, I have been laboring under a misconception. I had thought that it was just another flash acceleration company. I mean, it handles read acceleration of...

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Software Only Server SANS in Remote Offices and…

In January, 2014, Wikibon, as part of its ongoing coverage of Software-led Infrastructure, provided a definition for a new architecture, they called Server SAN. Many look at Server SANs as the long-term disruptor to traditional datacenter storage arrays, but, just as importantly, organizations are beginning to use Server SAN solutions in remote offices and distributed enterprises. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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The First Web-Scale Problem – Too Many Parts

While originally intended for online application and storage providers, web-scale architectures have plenty of capabilities that catch the attention of enterprise IT. A web-scale architecture’s ability to scale both performance and capacity in a cost effective manner is at the top of every enterprise’s wish list. But web-scale architectures also have a few big problems that can get enterprises as disinterested as quickly as they got...

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