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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)

Storage Old, New and Past Due?

It’s been an interesting day of contrasts in the world of storage, one that shows storage is a diverse and wide ranging segment of IT. The Old Tape has been part of the discussion on the twitterverse and despite everyone’s best attempts, is not dead yet.  Tape and backup may not be seen as cool  - but data protection is an essential requirement of sustainable data management and tape still provides the one of the most cost effective methods of data protection and of course archive.  This has happened because tape continues to innovate.  Tape drive speeds and media capacities con... (more)

So.cl and Google+ Musings for a Monday

This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media application, so.cl.  This was quietly released over the weekend with little attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media platform.  It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl will be useful; currently it appears to be targeted at students and search sharing.  I wonder whether the intention is to use the output to help improve the quality of Microsoft’s search engine, Bing. Anyhow, the so.cl interface is reminiscent of Google+ (especially party invitations, that seem to... (more)

Bad Day At The Office For Dell, HP & Netapp

Just a quick post on news that came over the wire late UK time. Dell saw their share price drop by 17% today on weak quarterly figures, as reported by Forbes, with seemingly significant drops in their consumer business.  Could this partly be the Apple effect? Dell are working hard at building their storage business although there’s still a way to go in what is an evolving story. HP have announced they are laying off 27,000 jobs – 8% of the workforce – as they restructure (BBC News article).  This isn’t a surprise as the cuts were pre-announced, but perhaps the scale of the cuts w... (more)

Server Virtualization and Storage Management

In the past decade or so, storage management has developed into a discipline in its own right, driven by big increases in the amount of data being stored, as well as the rise of storage networking protocols that facilitate shared storage. Virtualization, meanwhile, has become the foremost technology for server and PC optimization.  In this environment, shared storage provides functionality that would otherwise not be possible, such as nondisruptive virtual machine migration. But virtualization adds a layer of complexity in the association between a server and the storage that s... (more)