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.
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.