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With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer, the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5 inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive era) for GB USB sticks, surely the drive for tiered storage based upon different grades of SSDs should be just as rapid? But this hasn’t been the case with one left wondering as to why? The first obvious answer is the price. Not many companies are prepared to fork out the extra 30 times price hike for SSDs to the already expensive magnetic disk drives they purchase. The other and more controversial answer are the storage vendors themselves. Not yet amongst the big daddy of corporate companies, the production of SSDs are still limited to vendors not necessarily linked or partnered with ... (more)

The War of Vendors Diversifies with Unified Storage

In the past week HDS finally revealed their response to the VMware-Cisco-EMC alliance with the launch of a unified computing platform including integrated storage, server, and networking technology. With the aid of Microsoft, HDS have stated that their centralized storage, server and networking platform will be launched early next year. In the tradition of my enemy's enemy is my friend, HDS have also signed an OEM deal with Microsoft under which Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be tightly integrated ... (more)

NetApp Justifies Storage Efficiency Tag with Primary Deduplication

The pendulum has shifted. We are in an era in which Storage Managers are in the ascendancy while vendors must shape up to meet customer demands in order to survive the current economic plight. Long gone are the days of disk happy vendors who could easily shift expensive boxes of FC disks or Account Managers who boasted their huge margins at the selling of skyscraper storage systems to clients who faced an uphill struggle to meet their constantly growing storage demands. With responses such as thin/dynamic/virtual provisioning arrays and automated storage tiering, vendors have ta... (more)

Virtual Instruments' Wisdom Provides Essential SAN Insight

It was about three months ago that one of my friends had informed me he was leaving HDS to join a company named Virtual Instruments. ‘Virtual Instruments?’ I asked myself, trying to fathom if I’d have heard of them before only to realize that I had once seen a write up on their SAN monitoring solution, which was then termed NetWisdom. I was then inadvertently asked to mention Virtual Instruments in one of my blogs - nice try pal but I had made it clear several times before to vendors requesting the same that I didn’t want my blog to become an advertising platform. Despite this ... (more)

The Unspoken Challenge of Cloud Silos

On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru', (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual's material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs. "Storage, that's nothing to do with me, I'm a VirtGuy", he proudly announced. To which I retorted, "yes but if there are physical layer issues in your SAN fabric, or poorly configured Storage etc. it will affect the performance of your Virtual Machines and their applic... (more)