Matt Leib looks at how Pure Storage has accomplished some very interesting things in its relatively short history. Their FlashArray//X, as of 2018, is an all-NVMe portfolio of arrays, that works as a high-speed block device with minimal latency. With this NVMe foundation, Pure Storage is leading the way when it comes to solving storage problems across the board and helping us usher in the future of storage.
Sometimes a company’s code name for projects in development can give you some insight into how they view it. The one that always stick in my mind is “Revolution”, Nintendo’s code name for what ultimately became the Wii. It showed how different the console was than anything in the company’s past, and reflected the impact Nintendo expected of it.
In the same way, Cisco’s Project Starship has now been launched as Intersight. The name loses some geek factor, but is probably much better for IP. Much like the codename implies, this is a project that is clearly linked to how Cisco sees the future of their business. Cisco has been working on this for a while, and it’s a natural extension of their Unified Computing Systems that they’ve had for almost a decade.
Keith Townsend of Virtualized Geek comments: I’ve been accused of being a conspiracy theorist, and I’m sure this post won’t do anything to dispel that perception. I’m talkingVMware’s EVO platform and the missing partnership between Cisco and HP. I’m sure that there is a reason beyond technology why two of VMware’s largest server hardware partners […]
Kevin Houston of Blades Made Simple comments: Cisco is taking a very unique approach with the UCS M-Series. Veering away from the tradition server model of each server having its own NIC and RAID controller, the servers in the M-Series are “disaggregated” and share a NIC and Storage. Although this platform is ideal […]
Jason Nash’s comments on his blog: WHIPTAIL helped fill a gap in Cisco’s datacenter portfolio, storage. But it’s far more important than that and much more of a longterm strategic move. Cisco has, arguably, the best server platform in the business which some distinct advantages over other architectures. The goal is to leverage the software […]
Robert Novak of rsts11 comments: I’ve been working on a series of posts about upgrading an integrated UCS environment, and realized about halfway through that a summary/overview would make sense as a starting point. I recommend a refreshing beverage, as this is longer than I’d expected it to be. Great post for people just starting […]
Tony Bourke of The Data Center Overlords comments: On my way back from South America, I was pointed to a bake-off/performance test commissioned by Brocade and performed by a company called Evaluator Group. It compared the performance of edge FCoE (non-multi-hop FCoE) to native 16 Gbit FC. The FCoE test was done on a Cisco […]
I’m not sure many Cisco UCS customers are really going to go out and buy Brocade VCS for converged networking, but they could. Here’s “UCS Guru” Colin Lynch on the benefits of this combination.
Comparing Cisco Cius and the iPad in the Enterprise
After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. The corporate IT market is much more dynamic and competitive, with a few very large “superpower” companies discovering their power to drive purchasing decisions. If a supplier can create an integrated “stack” of hardware and software, they can push product purchases that might otherwise be overlooked or postponed. This is the main reason that enterprise IT acquisitions work so well: Where a small company must fight to sell their product, a large one can hitch it to a much more strategic sale and have it pulled along.