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 infrastructure used often can’t keep up with demand so performance suffers and users’ virtual desktops slow down. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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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 Tracker. According to the press releases, blogs, tweets, emails and every other conceivable form of communications, — i.e. -New Gartner Magic Quadrant Names EMC a Solid-State Array Leader –IBM Named #1 in Software Defined Storage Platforms –Pure Storage Named A Leader In Inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays -Gartner ranks SolidFire #1 for overall flash use case in the Critical Capabilities Study and recognizes SolidFire as a Visionary in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays; — there were many winners, but some – like Dell – were less obvious than others. IDC ranks Dell as No. 1 in several key market segments, blogs Alan Atkinson,VP and GM, Dell Storage, but when you combine both external and internal storage shipments, his company is the BIGGEST (enterprise) storage vendor. That’s not to take away from Seagate, which recently announced shipping its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid drive, and regularly ships millions of enterprise drives on a quarterly basis, but they aren’t included in the IDC study. Dell was included in the IDC Q2 external disk study, along with EMC, NetApp, IBM, HP and Hitachi (HDS). According to IDC, factory revenues were down 1.4% year-over-year to $5.9 billion, but the combination of internal and external revenues were up 0.3% to $7.8 billion. Total capacity shipped was up 23.9% YoY, to 11.5 exabytes, but that was considered relatively low by historic comparisons. For external drive revenues, EMC held on to top spot (30.1% share), but dropped 5.2%, followed by NetApp (13%), IBM (12.1%), HP (10.1%), Dell (7.2%) and Hitachi (6.4%). Dell still only came in fourth in revenues for total disk storage system shipment revenues, behind EMC, HP and IBM, but ahead of NetApp and the 25.8% earned by every other storage vendor out there. However, when you consider capacity shipments, both internal and external, Dell said it leads all enterprise vendors in terabytes shipped in the first half of 2014. In this time, IDC reports that Dell has shipped 4,311,728 terabytes – or more than 4,300 petabytes or north of 4 exabytes – of storage. Dell grew 14.8% sequentially when compared to the second half of 2013, while several others dipped in terabytes of storage shipments – EMC (-7.7%), HP (-6.2%) and IBM (-7.8%). There’s more to...

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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 vSphere-presented storage, doesn’t it? Well, yes it does, and like all the flash acceleration–based companies, Infinio handles it well. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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 interested. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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