The virtualization space seems a little light on technical content lately. There are plenty of event announcements and white paper or webinar promotions, but few posts on, you know, how stuff works. Here’s the incomparable Gabrie Van Zanten to change that, with a deep look at iSCSI configuration in VMware. It’s good to see that not everyone has been swallowed up in the lead-generation hype machine!
One of the amusing aspects of being self-employed is watching all the giants battle it out. Every company is gunning for someone, but the amazing thing is that they rarely have each other in their sights: NetApp is gunning for EMC who’s more focused on HP who wants to knock off Oracle who’s fixated on IBM. It sounds very “high school romance” but this is deadly-serious business.
Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP’s bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It’s open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is afoot!
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.
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?
So we got this growth problem, but there’s also an opportunity, and that opportunity is in Round Rock. How can we swing it? Simple: We got a great asset to sell off.
Yesterday, EMC announced Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST), their much hyped and much anticipated storage feature enabling the automated moving of data between tiers of storage on a policy basis.Â However the most notable missing feature in the EMC announcement was the lack of support for legacy DMX-3 and DMX-4 platforms.Â This to me sends […]
The first storage performance horseman is spindles: If you donâ€™t have enough disk units, performance will suffer. I have been laying out storage on enterprise arrays since the dark ages, and one of the first lessons I learned was allocating data to avoid hotspots. I remember spending hours back in the 1990â€™s hunched over custom Excel spreadsheets trying to get my storage layout just right, balancing the workload across every available disk.