Dell: The Year of VDI… For The Midmarket
Mar09

Dell: The Year of VDI… For The Midmarket

The concept of virtualizing desktops, aka Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, has been around since the early ‘00s, with the promise of simplifying and lowering the cost of end-user computing, licensing, support and software maintenance, with mixed — and typically less-than-predicted — results. VDI followed thin client computing, which got its start a decade earlier, and both follow in the footsteps of dumb and smart terminals...

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EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses
Feb16

EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses

EMC may be busy figuring out its pending future with Dell, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that while the overall IT market is inching along at 0.6% growth this year (albeit to $3.54 trillion), the converged infrastructure (CI) market is growing at 10X — 6.2% year-over-year (to $2.5 billion), and the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market is growing at 258X, with sales shooting up 155.3% (to $278.8...

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This Year in Storage

Happy 2016! Is that still allowed in February? Or, if you are like me, are you stunned that just over 8% of the year went by already! Anyhow, while ‘predictions’ is an over-used word around this time of year, there’s another ‘P’ word that has had more than its fair share of deployment in IT circles generally – and storage specifically – over the decades: the word is ‘paradigm’. And...

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Arrays First Steps In A New Seagate?
Dec09

Arrays First Steps In A New Seagate?

In its first big move since shelling out almost $700 million in August to acquire the storage system business of Dot Hill Systems, [which is pocket change compared to rival Western Digital’s $19-billion October bid for flash chip vendor SanDisk] Seagate Technology has announced a new and improved AssuredSAN (hardware) RealStor (software) family of hybrid and all-flash storage arrays. There are a number of enhancements, but the one...

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Cisco re IT’s Future: “Infrastructure as Code.”
Nov25

Cisco re IT’s Future: “Infrastructure as Code.”

“What surviving companies do is get market transitions right. Our competitors from 20 years ago? None of them exist. We …were lucky to emerge from every transition stronger than ever.” John Chambers, Cisco Chambers may have moved upstairs to chairman, but his company has identified yet another IT shift, to composable infrastructure, said Cisco’s Todd Brannon, Director of Product Marketing, Unified Computing. Conceptually,...

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