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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 though I was still intrigued by what could have persuaded someone to leave a genuinely stable position at HDS to a company I hadn’t really had much exposure to myself. Fast forward a few months, several whitepapers and numerous discussions and I find myself writing a blog about the very said... (more)

The Fast and Furious - SUN's F5100 Flash Array

It's not often that I get excited over new hardware, well at least not on a daily basis but the new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array was something I felt compelled to write about. So what exactly excites me of what is in essence just a JBOD of SSDs? Could it possibly be the delivery of over 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS? Could it also be that an approximate 100K price tag for 2TB of SSDs works out at as a much cheaper alternative to flash drives which would have ordinarily been in a capsule residing at the back end of an Enterprise array? The answer is "yes" and then... (more)

Green Storage: MAID to Do More Than Just Spin Down

The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green... (more)

There’s No Duping the Reign of Data Domain

EMC Session at Cloud Expo Last year EMC’s somewhat controversial acquisition of Data Domain right under the noses of NetApp raised several eyebrows to say the least. Considering the reported amount of $2.1 billion and their already deduplication packed portfolio which consisted of the source based Avamar, the file-level deduplication/compression of its Celerra filer and their Quantum dedupe integrated VTLs, some heads were left scratching as to what actually was the big deal with the target based deduplication solution of Data Domain. Almost a year on and with Data Domain’s DD88... (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)