QLC NAND – What can we expect from the technology?

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Posted on November 07, 2018 at 08:12 AM

Since NAND flash storage was first introduced into enterprise computing, we’ve seen a rapid explosion in the types and capabilities of flash products that can now be deployed in servers, HCI solutions and storage arrays.  QLC NAND is the next evolution of cost reducing, space increasing flash technology.  What is it and what can we […]

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AWS and VMware Partner to Bring RDS for the Enterprise

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Posted on September 14, 2018 at 08:00 AM

At VMworld 2018, Amazon Web Services and VMware jointly announced a preview of AWS RDS, called RDS on VMware.  The Relational Database Service will in the future be able to run on-premises using VMware vSphere. Read More…

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Enterprise-Class Public Cloud

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Posted on September 12, 2018 at 08:00 AM

Never throw away a good idea, they say (or at least I do).  The same applies to blogs that haven’t yet crystallised into a worthwhile topic.  Generally, I put them on the back-burner until a number of paths align.  After seeing the Oracle Cloud team present at Cloud Field Day 3 in April this year (2018), I […]

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Pure Storage – Seeding the NVMe Market

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Posted on September 05, 2018 at 07:53 AM

I’m only just digesting the news from Pure Accelerate 2018, including some of the product updates we saw. One aspect of the announcements was the positioning of FlashArray with NVMe. Certainly a hot topic for the moment, as vendors jostle for position in the end-to-end NVMe stakes. What might not be obvious is that FlashArray […]

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VMworld 2018 – Divergent VMware

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Posted on August 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM

Nobody likes to be wrong, least of all me, and it’s with fascination that I look at the news coming out of VMworld 2018 this week.  I’m comparing the news to my thoughts on VMware’s future two years ago in my Peak VMware post.  Did we reach peak VMware or did we actually reach peak ESXi? […]

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Rethinking Storage for Microservices

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Posted on August 24, 2018 at 08:00 AM

The New Stack had a very interesting article this week that talked about rethinking the way storage is mapped to microservices like containers.  The discussion took me back 12+ months to my own attempts to raise money for a startup that addressed the issues raised in the article.  I’m still not sure that the issues are well understood and […]

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NVMe over Fabrics – Caveat Emptor?

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Posted on June 21, 2018 at 12:36 PM

For the past 20 years, Fibre Channel has been the dominant enterprise data centre storage networking technology. By this, I mean traditional Fibre Channel, not variants that work over IP or use Converged Ethernet (more on that in a moment). Read more…

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The Britpop Battle of Rubrik and Cohesity

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Posted on June 19, 2018 at 15:40 PM

Were you a Blur or Oasis fan?  Perhaps you were on the side of Jarvis Cocker and preferred Pulp.  Whatever your choice, the Britpop wars of the 1990s were memorable for building hype around the UK music industry and the idea of Cool Britannia. In lots of ways, the evolution of the data protection industry […]

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PowerMax, VMAX, XtremIO – the Agony of Choice

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Posted on May 12, 2018 at 21:28 PM

Last week Dell EMC announced the next generation of the long-running Symmetrix platform with the release of PowerMax. Read More…

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NetApp Extends Cloud Volumes to GCP

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Posted on May 12, 2018 at 21:23 PM

Following their introduction on Microsoft Azure last year, native NetApp Cloud Volumes are to be made available through Google Cloud Platform. Read More…

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