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Last Friday Eric Savitz over at Forbes reported that Dell may have put in a speculative bid for Fusion-IO (thanks to Don Jennings for spotting the article).  The rumoured price was $33 a share, which is approximately a 50% markup on the share price at the time – we can only assume the offer was rejected. As Chris Mellor recently reported, Fusion-IO have been increasing revenue but making a loss and Eric Savitz also noted that 55% of their revenue comes from just two companies – Apple and Facebook.  From what I understand there are also other storage companies that also contributed heavily to Fusion-IO’s revenue numbers. Remember STEC?  They rode high on the back of the SSD boom until their major supplier, EMC, decided they had a stockpile and didn’t need to keep on buying.  Fusion-IO revenue for Q4 is anticpated to be flat.  Does that mean Apple and Facebook and s... (more)

HP Cloud Now Available In Beta – A First Look

HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released their HP Cloud service in public beta.  Here’s the announcement press release.  The services on offer are: Available Now as Public Beta Compute – on-demand server instances. Cloud Object Storage – object-based storage using RESTful APIs. Content Delivery Network – local distribution of web content. Still in Private Beta Cloud Block Storage – persistent data for compute images Relational Database for MySQL – managed cloud databases There’s also the HP Identity Service for managing key & token access managem... (more)

Storage in Cloud Is Not the Center of the Universe

In a previous post, I touched on the need to have APIs for managing storage in cloud environments.  In this post, I’ll talk about how the way in which storage is deployed in cloud environments has to change. For the last 10 years, the advent of Storage Area Networks (SANs) has created a storage-centric view of the world with storage at the centre and the “planets” – networking and servers – wrapped around it like some pre-Copernican view of the universe.  Over time, SANs have evolved to be ever bigger, with some organisations deploying huge fibre channel fabrics.  As we’ve seen ... (more)

Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – New Features Roundup

This post tracks a series of articles discussing new features in the upcoming Windows Server 2012, currently in beta as Windows Server 8.  This represents Microsoft‘s eighth generation operating system, succeeding the previous server release Windows Server 2008 R2.   Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server “8″) – Storage Spaces     Related Articles Links From Other Sites SMB 3 is Going to be Huge in Scope and Impact – (Stephen Foskett) Who Will Support SMB 3.0 and Which Features Will They Support? – (Stephen Foskett) SMB 3.0 Best Feature of Windows Server 2012 – (Nigel Poulton) ... (more)

The Evolution of Solid State Arrays

In the first wave of solid-state storage arrays, we saw commodity style SSDs (solid state drives) being added to traditional storage arrays. This solution provided an incremental benefit in performance over spinning hard drives, however the back-end technology in these arrays was developed up to 20 years ago and was purely focused around driving performance out of the slowest part of the infrastructure – the hard drive.  Of course SSDs are an order of magnitude faster than HDDs so you can pretty much guarantee SSDs in traditional arrays results in underused resources, but is prem... (more)