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Today Data Robotics (Drobo) are announcing a new range of storage devices specifically targeted at business customers.  However this is a market that already has many players; what are they offering and how will they fare in this already competitive market? New Devices First of all, le...
I've been spending some time recently working with Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation platform and one of the major hassles I've experienced is having to use the command line rather than GUI for certain functions. If you're not aware, Windows 2008 Core is a stripped down version of a ...
In a recent post (this one on SRM), Wayne M Adams from SNIA took the time to comment as to why he believed SMI-S is alive and well. Rather than simply reply on that comment thread, I thought I would take the time to put together a summary of why SMI-S (in my opinion) hasn't worked and ...
I found the following article from last week’s “The Register” an interesting one: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/27/hp_and_violin_memory/ In it, Chris Mellor talks about HP producing an Oracle Exadata competitor by integrating the use of Violin Memory’s al...
Rick Vanover asked the question; “how many hard drives are spinning in your home lab/home today?”. My answer was 47, which quite surprised me.  It’s comprised of: Drobo Devices; 5 + 4 + 3 = 12 iX4 Devices; 4 + 4 = 8 NS4600 Device; 3 Backup HDD (SafePro); 1 CLARiiON; ...
If you received a broken record through the post (I didn’t) or have been following the twitterverse then you’ll know EMC had a big new release planned for today (18th January in US, 19th in UK/EMEA).  In a nutshell the announcements comprised the following: Unified NAS ...
A random comment made on twitter a few days ago has been stuck in my mind and been going around and around.  It’s finally emerged.  Even as we start into 2011 we don’t really have scalable Storage Resource Management products for the Enterprise. Sure, we have point products...
Amazon have announced the availability of a feature that allows vSphere virtual machines (as VMDKs) to be imported into AWS.  Today the feature is restricted to systems running Windows 2008 Server Sp2 but will be expanded in the future.  Now this concept sounds great but there’s ...
There’s no denying that virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V have revolutionized the way in which computing resources are deployed. Physical servers were usually under-utilized and took time and effort to deploy. These servers also consumed data center space, po...
There’s no denying that virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V have revolutionized the way in which computing resources are deployed. Physical servers were usually under-utilized and took time and effort to deploy. These servers also consumed data center space, pow...
Well, the announcement has been made and it’s official, Dell and Compellent are in talks over a “merger” which basically means Dell acquiring Compellent for around $27.50 per share.  The press release can be found here.  Even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, Comp...
Here are a few pictures from last nights joint vBeers and StorageBeers in London. The weather was bad around London (although not too bad in London itself), so numbers were lower than could be expected.  We were joined by Steve Duplessie and Calvin Zito as they were both in London att...
Before IP Expo this year, I was invited to a Q&A session with Zane Adam, Microsoft General Manager for Azure.    I’ve not posted any video from the event (yet).  Fortunately Microsoft have saved me the effort and posted a few clips online.  Here’s one video with a few i...
Portakabin Modular Construction. I had a small discussion today with a few folks on Twitter that was a forerunner to a Wikibon “Peer Incite” discussion on whether RAID was still relevant or not (hence the title of this post).  It seems to me that perhaps the Wikibon discuss...
I was recently briefed on the latest Symantec Disaster Recovery Study (2010), the details of which can be found here.  Some 1700 companies (of 5000 employees or more) were interviewed about various aspects of their backup environments.  As usual with these kind of surveys, there were s...
This is a guest post from Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy, CTO and co-founder of Gluster Inc. In the virtualization foot race, the server has clearly been playing the role of the hare, with storage—a.k.a., the tortoise—bringing up the rear. The technology innovation in server virtualization ...
Storage Beers will informally take place with vBeers this week on Thursday 2nd December at The Cittie of Yorke in Holborn; details here: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/44/446/Cittie_of_Yorke/Holborn I’ll be there from around 6pm in the main bar; look out for me @storagebo...
Chris Mellor recently speculated on Compellent and the additional horsepower of their new storage product releases – series 40 controllers with Storage Center 5.4.  Over dinner last night, we discussed how various features could be integrated into the current architecture.  Many ...
Despite protestations to the contrary, it seems that Ireland has finally accepted EU bailout money to the tune of some £77 billion.  This final humiliation sees the end of the economy dubbed “The Celtic Tiger” which was characterised by the establishment of many large IT or...
Here we go with another video, this time a quick interview with Andy Walsky from Overland Storage.  Andy talks a bit about the products, but of course there’s discussion about non-technical things, particularly those Netapp cycling girls, yellow wellies and Larry’s Robots. ...
This is a series of posts on the Promise SmartStor NS4600 home storage server.  Previous posts: Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part I Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part II Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part III One essential feature in any hom...
This guest post was sponsored by GFI Software Ltd.  For more information about GFI business backup solution visit http://www.gfi.com/business-backup-software. Natural disasters, hardware failure, deliberate sabotage by employees and theft are some of the events that can result in damag...
I’ve picked out a selection of storage related white papers for this month.  Remember they’re free, you just need to register. Transforming your Information Infrastructure with IBM’s Storage Cloud Solution Storage Source Magazine Improving Storage Efficiencies with D...
Here’s another video from this week’s SNWE in Frankfurt.  This time I’m talking to Barry Whyte about the IBM Storewize v7000; a modular array with SVC tendencies.  It’s good to see another vendor acknowledging that the ability to manage external storage is justi...
On day 2 of SNWE, I popped down to the Fusion-IO stand.  At the IP Expo event earlier this month, I was initially told I couldn’t video my chat with on of the presenters on the stand.  Fortunately that appears to have been no more than a mixup, and Mat Young (marketing guy in EME...
Today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday), I’m visiting Storage Networking World Europe (SNWE) in Frankfurt as an “editorial guest” of SNIA. Disclaimer: SNIA have paid for my flights and accommodation to attend this event, however I’m under no obligation to w...
This is a series of posts covering Storage Management.  Previous related posts: Enterprise Computing: 4 Pillars – Service: Chargeback Enterprise Computing: 4 Pillars – Service: More On Chargeback With relatively simple storage arrays, the process of charging for utilisation is a stra...
This year’s IP Expo at Earls Court in London has a real buzz about it.  I dropped in yesterday and managed to get a quick interview with Simon Hansford, founder of Attenda Ltd, a company offering cloud-based application managed services.  We’ve seen Simon on many a 3Par pro...
This is a guest post from Jim McGann, Vice President of Information Discovery at Index Engines – www.indexengines.com At dinner recently a friend complained about the problem of syncing Outlook with his new iPhone. Apparently he was the first iPhone user on his company’s email n...
This is a series of posts that cover the features of Hitachi’s new enterprise storage platform, the VSP (Virtual Storage Platform), also sold by HP as the P9500 array.  Previous posts: Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform: Disk Drive Architecture Hitachi have modified the VSP array to ...
Following on from me moaning about pointless USB sticks that vendors now give away as freebies, I decided to test out the performance of those devices to see which were worth retaining.  My wholly unscientific test measures the average throughput on writing a file as large as possible ...
I’ve just returned from spending two days in Barcelona, attending the HP Converged Infrastructure Event. Disclaimer: HP paid for my flights, hotels and meals during this trip.  I was otherwise not remunerated for my time or required to blog about the event. The event was more a m...
At the recent Hitachi Information Forum on 27th September 2010 I caught a few minutes with Michael Hay, Chief Strategist and Vice President of Product Planning.  We discussed some of the new features of the VSP platform.  Here’s the video.
I have to disagree with the premise of Chuck Hollis’ recent post on Kit Cars.  If you haven’t read the article (and I urge you to do so), it’s a blatant sell on the benefits of vBlock over “build it yourself” solutions that up until 12 months ago customers...
Although slightly off-topic, I can’t help venting my anger with a rant about poor business processes that have an IT angle.  Far too often the technology itself gets the blame, but in fact the issue is poor processes around the technology itself.  Two cases in point; Case 1 R...
Last month we saw the announcement of vSphere 4.1 and the support of new storage features centred around VAAI, the vSphere API for Array Integration.  This introduced a number of array offload features including Full Copy, Block Zeroing and Hardware Assisted Locking.  Now this new func...
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, with two lots of travelling in different directions. Last week I was in Barcelona at the HP Converged Infrastructure (CI)Event and the week previously at HDS’s launch of the new VSP (Virtual Storage Platform). Both HP and HDS released their ne...
According to this Barrons report, EMC are delayed in the release of their next generation of CLARiiON and Celerra hardware until around April next year.  I’m not aware of details of any new products, but I suspect that EMC is looking to harmonise these two product lines into a si...
This is a series of posts that cover the features of Hitachi’s new enterprise storage platform, the VSP (Virtual Storage Platform), also sold by HP as the P9500 array. The VSP is the first enterprise array from Hitachi that offers support for 2.5″ drives.  We’ve seen ...
Today HDS and HP will announce the next generation enterprise storage array architecture from Hitachi (see details here and here).  Both companies OEM the  VSP (HDS name) or 9500 (HP name) and so the releases are co-ordinated to occur at the same time.  I am currently in Santa Clara fo...