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All posts by Chris Evans

Ubiquitous VMware

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Posted on May 23, 2019 at 17:57 PM

Since the news broke at Dell Technologies World (DTW), I’ve been trying to rationalise the announcement that the VMware platform will be available on Microsoft Azure.  What’s the logic to this and who benefits – customers, vendors or both? CloudSimple Digging into the detail a bit more, it appears that VMware support on Azure is […]

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The Hidden Gem that is StorPool

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Posted on May 21, 2019 at 08:00 AM

Sometimes you see a company or a piece of technology and recognise what can only be called a hidden gem.  This was exemplified in the presentations made by StorPool at a recent Tech Field Day event.  With such great technology in place, why is the company not more well-known? Let’s have a quick look at […]

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Application-Focused Backups

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Posted on May 16, 2019 at 08:00 AM

The implementation of IT is becoming more diverse as companies look to take advantage of on-premises and public cloud application deployments.  As a result, we’re less focused on the underlying implementation of hardware infrastructure and much more aware of data and applications.  Data protection needs to reflect this approach and move towards more application-aware implementations.  […]

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Making the Case for SAN 2.0

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Posted on May 14, 2019 at 08:00 AM

Pretty much everything in IT works in cycles or moves through a pendulum effect.  Over the years we’ve seen major trends in centralisation and de-centralisation as companies moved away from mainframes and deployed departmental systems.  We’ve seen outsourcing (or systems management) come and go, with a big trend for using public cloud in the current […]

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Rubrik, Cohesity and the battle for NoSQL Backup

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Posted on May 09, 2019 at 12:54 PM

This post has been updated with additional information following the acquisition of Imanis Data by Cohesity (9 May 2019). This post was previously titled “Rubrik Acquires Datos IO – Backup Wars Looming?” When this post was originally published, we congratulated the team at Datos IO for their acquisition by Rubrik.  It’s hard enough getting funded […]

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Nutanix Mine Puts Backup Software Vendors on a Level Playing Field

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Posted on May 08, 2019 at 21:05 PM

Today at .NEXT in Anaheim, Nutanix announced Mine, a secondary storage platform that integrates with Nutanix Enterprise Platform and provides data protection capabilities for applications and data on Nutanix systems. The interesting feature of the solution is the ability to use software from a range of providers, each of which will integrate natively into PRISM. […]

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Vexata Announces VX-Cloud

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Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

When discovering new technology, one of the exciting aspects is learning about the future value it offers.  When Vexata, Inc announced a new range of storage appliances, the future potential was always in being able to expand the architecture past the initial two controller model.  With the announcement of VX-Cloud, Vexata is making good on […]

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Data Protection in a Multi-Cloud World

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Posted on February 05, 2019 at 13:59 PM

We’re moving to a multi-cloud world, there’s no doubting it.  I hear from end users and vendors alike that increasingly, IT organisations are looking to use on-premises and multiple cloud service providers.  From an operational perspective, how do we protect and maintain ongoing access to data and applications?  What’s the right strategy for dealing with […]

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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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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 […]

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