The storage industry got a lot more competitive this morning, as Dell announced plans to buy 3Par. This is the latest round in a well-established race for the enterprise storage dollar, challenging superpower (and Dell partner) EMC in the high-end SAN space. What does this acquisition say about the industry as a whole? Where are we headed? I've long wished for a new … [Read more...] about Dell + EqualLogic, Exanet, Ocarina, 3Par = What?
I'm pleased to be heading back to Interop this spring with two sessions on enterprise storage. Although significantly changed from the old "Networld + Interop" days, the event is enjoyable and technical, with many interesting sessions and speakers. And the New York show at least had plenty of end user attendees! Interop Las Vegas is April 25-29, 2010, and registration … [Read more...] about Thin Provisioning and Cloud Storage: My Interop 2010 Topics
If the enterprise storage market was the auto market, who would be who?* … [Read more...] about If Storage Vendors Were Automakers…
There were some interesting events and blog posts last week. This new weekly feature highlights those! Enterprise IT Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Reliance On Backup Tapes - What's wrong with backup tapes? They're inaccessible, making them unsuitable for most applications. My latest post for my Enterprise Storage Strategies blog. Is Licensing Turning vSphere Into … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Content From the Week of May 2, 2009
Like clockwork, VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. What's in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4