Today we were briefed at Cisco Live Europe 2018 in Barcelona about the latest improvements done on the Cisco HyperFlex platform. My readers may know that I have covered HyperFlex first in 2016, then in 2017, both times during Cisco Live Europe. These posts may have been controversial because I
Dell EMC VMAX All-Flash: A proven solution for mission-critical systems
When determining storage capacity, performance and availability requirements for their mission-critical systems, most if not all organisations try to solve the equation, once presented with alternatives, by looking primarily at pricing and attempting to juice out the best for what they can afford or be prepared to pay. While this
E8 Storage: The Mercedes-Maybach 6 of NVMe Flash Arrays
When it comes to design, making things elaborate and complicated is not necessarily the best way to go. Keeping things simple while focusing on delivering outcomes that match the customer expectations (if not exceeding them) is what matters. I was once again in beautiful Silicon Valley in November 2017 at Storage
InfiniBox: solving the enterprise storage cost vs performance equation?
This post is part of the blog series related to Storage Field Day 14. Find out the entire SFD14 content, presentations, articles, presenting companies and delegates here. As I wrote in my announcement of joining Storage Field Day 14 and Commvault GO, Infinidat is a company I had been looking at
Open Convergence: the next evolution of HCI?
Recently we’ve seen data center vendors advocate for a new breed of on-premises infrastructures branded as open convergence. Datrium is one of these, and if they are not the herald bearing high the flag of open convergence waving gracefully in the wind of change, they can very likely claim to
X-IO Axellio and Edge Computing: an NVMe-enabled emerging architecture model?
This post is part of the blog series related to Storage Field Day 13 and the Pure Storage Accelerate conferences. Find out the entire SFD13 content, presentations, articles, presenting companies and delegates here. Redefining X-IO Axellio I’ve written about X-IO and Axellio before flying to Storage Field Day 13 and
Cohesity FlashProtect – a look into Pure Storage and Cohesity Integration
My readers know that I have a weak spot for Pure Storage as well as Cohesity, as I believe both companies are innovators and disruptors of their own markets. I had the occasion to be briefed by Cohesity on their most recent platform improvements in May 2017 at their HQ,
Real-time Storage Analytics: one step further towards AI-enabled storage arrays?
This post is part of the blog series related to Storage Field Day 13 and the Pure Storage Accelerate conferences. I had the incredible chance to attend two events last week in the United States: Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2017 (in San Francisco), followed by three full
FlashArray //X – Pure Storage’s strong card in the NVMe AFA game
As I was writing in June 2016, going against the grain has its merits and can bring the most unexpected seeds to grow and blossom. Pure Storage had surprised us in May 2016 with their All-Flash Array (AFA) for unstructured storage: the FlashBlade and its purpose-built architecture, especially its unique –
Revisiting Cisco HyperFlex, One Year After
Warning – this is an old HyperFlex review from February 2017 – my latest article on Cisco HyperFlex is covered here About one year ago, Cisco announced their HyperFlex hyper-converged offering. At that time I did review the solution and provided my mixed comments to that solution. Since one year has passed, what
Cohesity – a secondary storage leader in the making?
At VMworld Europe 2016 I had the opportunity to stop by Cohesity’s booth where I had a long technical discussion with Joe Putti (Director of Product Management) followed by a demo. I’d like to thank Joe for his time and his patience, as well as Patrick Rogers (Head of Marketing
HPE Cloudline CL5200 – A hardware platform built for storage
Most of you who are in the data center business certainly know about HPE and their famous ProLiant server brand. But do you know HPE Cloudline series? Personally I didn’t and honestly passing around a stand showing a 4U device with a stand name in the lines of « Service Providers
Rubrik – A Refreshing Approach to Backups
I’ve been curious for a long time about Rubrik and what they do in the backup space, however I really never had a chance to look at Rubrik closer until recently. I had the opportunity to steal some time from Rubrik and get a deep-dive session at VMworld 2016 with Chris
Open-Source Hardware Designs – One step beyond commodity?
Yesterday my friend Enrico Signoretti shared an article about Microsoft open sourcing their next-gen cloud hardware design. This and another post from my friend Tom Hollingsworth on the Facebook Wedge 100 TOR switch and finally some mixed thoughts about a specific company presenting at Storage Field Day 11 had me pondering about
What should we expect from the next generation storage?
I recently had the immense (and undue) honour to discuss as one of the panelists at the Intel Storage Builders event in Barcelona on the theme of “Evolving Storage Platforms Transforming the Cloud and Enterprise”. The discussion was moderated by Tech Field Day organiser and self-proclaimed storage nerd Stephen Foskett.