To hear this week's storage industry news reports, one might think that Wagner's fat lady came to Storage Networking World (SNW), singing her song as the iSCSI world collapses. Storagebod wonders what iSCSI's death will look like. Chris Mellor at The Register says "Game Over" as NetApp, QLogic, Emulex and VMware join EMC and Cisco in singing the praises of Fibre Channel over … [Read more...] about Is the FCoE Starting Pistol Aimed at iSCSI?
Yes! Compellent has just announced at Storage Networking World that they'll be adding enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) to their excellent fully-virtualized storage arrays. Why is this worth shouting about? Simply because their automated block-based tiered storage architecture ought to be able to really take full advantage of the performance offered by SSDs. If you'll pardon … [Read more...] about Compellent Does Enterprise SSD Right
It's all over the industry news - HP will acquire LeftHand Networks for a reported $360 million in cash. The last funding press release I could find was dated September 8, 2005, when Valhalla Partners led a $25 million round, bringing LeftHand's total funding to $75 million. This is a very nice payday for the boys from Boulder, and I hope everyone benefits from it. Of … [Read more...] about HP Picks Up iSCSI Contender, LeftHand Networks
This is part of an ongoing series of longer articles I will be posting every Sunday as part of an experiment in offering more in-depth content. It has been the core technology behind the storage industry since day one, but the sun is setting on traditional RAID technology. After two decades of refinement and fragmentation, we are abandoning the core concepts of disk-centric … [Read more...] about Turning the Page on RAID
I get the same questions all the time: Should I buy X or Y? Is Z better than Q? But as much as it sounds like a cop-out, I always answer, "well, this sounds like a cop-out, but that depends on what you're doing with it..." Now EMC's Chuck Hollis has (bravely) stuck his neck out to try to actually compare the capacity efficiency three storage arrays in a realistic way. Good … [Read more...] about Grapples and Tangelos: Why it’s Impossible to Compare Fairly