Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP's bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It's open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is … [Read more...] about The Enterprise IT Acquisition Game
Archives for August 2010
Why do some data storage solutions perform better than others? What tradeoffs are made for economy and how do they affect the system as a whole? These questions can be puzzling, but there are core truths that are difficult to avoid. Mechanical disk drives can only move a certain amount of data. RAM caching can improve performance, but only until it runs out. I/O channels can be … [Read more...] about The Four Horsemen of Storage System Performance: The Rule of Spindles
Any reader of my blog knows that I'm a sucker for small storage systems. I currently use would a four bay Data Robotics Drobo, but there are many other fine choices for those with different needs. I was talking to my friend Jerome Wendt about this, and we are collaborating on a buyer's guide for small business storage systems. While researching this guide, I was struck by … [Read more...] about Introducing the Small Business Storage Array Buyer’s Guide
After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the poor economy. Individuals simply have less free cash to spend on gadgets and software, and the meagre profits are increasingly going into the pockets of a single company: Apple. The corporate IT market is … [Read more...] about Meet the Enterprise IT Superpowers
The 3Par acquisition is a slam dunk at under $2 billion. The company has great enterprise-grade SAN technology and a proven ability to sell into high-end accounts but lacked the revenue to go it alone. A major enterprise IT vendor like HP or Dell (not to mention Oracle, IBM, or even NetApp) will kick sales into high gear. Even with no further product development, any of those … [Read more...] about Everyone Loves 3Par – Here’s Why!