The storage industry got a lot more competitive this morning, as Dell announced plans to buy 3Par. This is the latest round in a well-established race for the enterprise storage dollar, challenging superpower (and Dell partner) EMC in the high-end SAN space. What does this acquisition say about the industry as a whole? Where are we headed?
Iâ€™m not a fan of making press releases on behalf of other companies however once in a while, a news item catches my interest. So it is with the announcement of the Violin Memory Inc. 3200 series of all-memory storage arrays. Why are these interesting? Because I think they are moving and potentially blurring the boundaries between spinning drives and memory-based permanent data storage.
With the usual EMC fanfare, VPLEX has been heralded as â€œa new storage platformâ€œ. For a product that appears to contain no storage at all (and in fact writes through to the underlying virtualised arrays before confirming I/O to the host), I canâ€™t quite see how the claim stacks up.
When you think about it, we all are subject to vendor lock-in all of the time. As soon as I decide to purchase my new mobile phone, I am usually tied to either the phone manufacturer or the carrier that is use. Sometimes I am even tied to both, you just need to think about the iPhone as an example for this kind of lock-in.
As some of you might have read, the stack wars have started. One of the bigger coalitions announced in November 2009 was that between VMware, Cisco and EMC, aptly named VCE. Hitachi Data Systems announced something similar and partnered up with Microsoft, but left everyone puzzled about the partner that will be providing the networking technology.
Just as public cloud computing is beginning to catch on, the enterprise data center world has been shaken up by the biggest IT product vendors. Rather than sit back and watch their wares commoditized, companies like Cisco, EMC, HP, and now HDS are stepping up to the plate with integrated “stacks” that include server, storage, networking, and management software. The next-layer players, VMware and Microsoft in particular, are joining hands, too, eager to support these stacks. To paraphrase the wise Jedi master, Yoda, “cloudy, the future is.” So, the stack wars have begun!
It has been an exciting month, some new details are emerging related to automated storage tiering, workload distributions, workflow automation, SLA’s, QoS and how Policy based storage management can help solve these challenges.
Yesterday Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) used SNW USA to release information on their proposed cloud strategy, referred to as â€œAgile Cloudâ€. Everyone believes they need a cloud story and clearly Hitachi are no different.
This is the final post in a series on Enterprise Data Migration Strategies. Â Previous posts:
Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies â€“ PartÂ I
Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies â€“ PartÂ II
Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies Part III
Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies â€“ PartÂ IV
Previously we’ve discussed how to plan, structure and organise migrations. Â In this post, I’ll touch on some […]
I’ve read with interest this week the posts on wide striping and the consequent expansion to thin provisioning. Â Here are some of the highlights:
First there’s Martin Glasborow’s post, which discusses whether wide striping and thin provisioning should be chargeable items. Â I’d go a step further than Martin and suggest that thin provisioning (TP) should also […]