If the weekend IT press is to be believed, EMC are on the verge of acquiring
solid-state array vendor XtremIO in a deal worth around $450 million. This
would be a remarkable outcome for a company that is still technically “in
stealth mode” and has no obvious revenue or customers.
Why would EMC do this? Their normal acquisition process is to look for
targets that have well established customer bases, such as Isilon or
Greenplum. XtremIO’s technology is unvalidated in the marketplace and
there are already many other competitors out there; Violin Memory and Pure
Storage to name only two.
In February EMC announced two new products, codenamed Lightning and Thunder
(details). Lightning became VFCache, a PCIe SSD card and was due to ship
pretty much immediately. However, Thunder was described in more ephemeral
terms, with no real substance. Did Thunder really exist a... (more)
It’s pretty easy to pick holes in the current legacy storage products,
especially when it comes to integration within both public and private cloud
deployments. However it’s worth discussing exactly what is required when
implementing cloud frameworks, as the way in which storage is deployed is
radically different from the traditional model of storage operations. In
this post we will look at why traditional methods of storage management need
to change and how that affects the way in which the hardware itself is used.
This leads to a discussion on APIs and how they are essential... (more)
August seems to have been the month for a huge raft of storage-related
announcements and I’m still getting to grips with the detail, after being
away on holiday for the whole month. As I start to pick out the news and
make sense of how it fits into the storage landscape, I thought I’d start
with a few straightforward ones to ease me back into things gently.
Pure Storage FlashArrays were originally Fibre Channel only devices (see my
review after TFD#8 last year). In today’s unified world, that could be
seen as somewhat limiting, so Pure have announced support for iSC... (more)
At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service
offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier. As a complement to
their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term
storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a
long time but doesn’t require frequent access.
What Exactly is Glacier?
Many organisations need to retain data in archive format for extended periods
of time. This is for regulatory or compliance purposes or may simply be
part of their normal business process. Good examples are medical,
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