SVA Software is a pretty new venture. Their big play is within the IBM storage market. It’s a pretty specialized niche, but after seeing some of the product, looks to be useful. It’s no secret that the big trend in IT is abstraction tied to excellent data visualization. We’ve seen this in all sectors, from networking to virtualization. SVA is offering this to IBM storage.
Chris M Evans view on the scalable All-Flash Array and SVC: I’m a big fan of storage virtualisation and SVC has many great features. However scale-out is not one of them. The system may be capable of scaling capacity, but the poor number of logical volumes and extents it supports is severely limiting to many […]
Today, IBM alerted the world that they had not fallen asleep at the wheel by kicking out an awfully-impressive midrange storage array, the Storwize V7000. This seems like an excellent device, filled with proven engineering borrowed from the successful SAN Volume Controller (SVC) line of storage virtualization products. But closer examination (and IBM’s own Tony Pearson) reveal that it contains exactly nothing from their Storwize acquisition apart from the name.
So we have VPLEX and despite some scratching of heads as to what it is; it is really quite simple, “storage access is further decoupled from storage physicality.” And this really is nothing especially new; decoupling the storage access from storage physicality has been going on for some time.
Earlier this month, Texas Memory Systems announced they had acquired the intellectual assets of Incipient, a company that producedÂ SAN virtualisation hardware andÂ software.Â With Incipient gone, EMC hardly bothering to mention Invista, what is the future of SAN LUN virtualisation?Â
I talked about Incipient last year, here and here when discussing the costs of performing migrations.Â As […]
Solid-state storage performance stalwart, Texas Memory Systems (TMS), has secured access to the patents and source code of SAN virtualization pioneer, Incipient, Inc. TMS will likely use this new technology to cluster and scale their storage offerings, while Incipient remains independent for now.
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 […]
Myself and Tony Asaro have had a bit of snit over the uniqueness of the USP-V; he opines that it is unique and I am right that it is not unique. In many ways, this comes down to Tony’s opinion that the USP-V is unique because it is the only external storage virtualisation array which is Enterprise Storage. In his opinion neither the v-Series or the SVC are Enterprise Storage and hence do not compete with the USP, DMX and DS8K range. Also in SVC’s case because it does not have it’s own disk and simply virtualises external arrays; it is not a storage device (I’ll leave that comment alone).
EMC today announced a new generation of the flagship Symmetrix enterprise storage array by EMC: Initial reactions have compared it to the CLARiiON (with which it shares hardware), the DMX-4 (with which it shares software), the new 3PAR F-Class, the Compellent Storage Center, the HDS USP, and NetApp’s next-generation clustered filers. In every case, the V-Max is different enough to be compellingly new – it’s a true hybrid of monolithic (tiger) and modular (lion), thus its codename, “tigon”!
Put NetApp in because you want to use NetApp but donâ€™t put it in to virtualise your existing environment unless you are prepared for a whole lot of work. If you simply want to virtualise and build a consolidated pool of disk, you might well be better looking at SVC or USP-V.