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Storage Networking World Europe – I

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snw_largeToday and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday), I’m visiting Storage Networking World Europe (SNWE) in Frankfurt as an “editorial guest” of SNIA.

Disclaimer: The organisers have paid for my flights and accommodation to attend this event, however I’m under no obligation to write anything; all views are my own.

It’s the first time I’ve visited this event, which doesn’t seem as large as IP Expo in the UK last week, but does have all the major vendors present.  As an official member of the “press” I get access to the press lounge, which gives me a more comfortable environment to recharge batteries and blog about what I see as I wander around.

IBM Storwize v7000

IBM Storwize v7000

Visiting the show floor earlier, I stopped by the IBM booth to check out the new IBM Storwize v7000 array, which looks a little like the old DS6000 devices.  It was interesting to see v7000 centre stage and the XIV displaced to another area off the actual stand.  Has XIV fallen out of favour so much it isn’t even allowed to be on the IBM stand?

I also managed to pop into the pNFS presentation by Alex McDonald (who took every opportunity to remind us that he’s Scottish, despite forgetting his kilt).  I can see pNFS starting the move towards a converged storage protocol, where access is objected based, with either block or file chosen depending on data characteristics and performance requirements.  Alex’s presumption on the death of SAN may be premature, but I think we should see convergence of data types as we move to an object world.

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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  • https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/storagevirtualization Barry Whyte


    Not distracting from the V7000, but the very dusty (now I see it) laptop ontop the box is the very one I type on now!

    The XIV was “displaced” due to lack of power (and support plinth) on the stand itself ;) Nothing more sinister!


  • Yves Pelster

    (I am working for IBM and was at the booth both days, all opinions are my own and not necessarily in line with IBM strategy)

    Regarding XIV and Storwize V7000: Last year the XIV broke the double floor on the event due to its enormous weight of almost a ton in the full configuration. The event management company was unable to deliver an additional 16A power direcly to the rest of IBM’s booth.

    XIV remains IBMs answer to any customer who feels storage management is too complex, rebuilding a disk has too much impact on application performance in RAID Systems, and that RAID Systems are under-utilized.

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