As of today, there's one more all-flash storage array on the market: Nimble Storage convened a big San Francisco shindig to roll out their own "AF" array, complete with lots of XtremIO and Pure Storage comparisons. Finally, Nimble no longer has to suffer the competitive digs and nasty rumors about this missing product, but there's a lot more to this launch than an array sans … [Read more...] about Nimble Storage Rolls Out an All-Flash Array
Today marks the launch of a new enterprise storage company, Coho Data. I'm very excited about the core technology within Coho's storage solutions, and am pleased to present two video discussions about this. Note that Coho Data did not hire me to make some promo videos. I was pre-briefed on their product (back when they were known as Convergent.io) and spent some time with … [Read more...] about Wherein I Weigh In On Object Storage, SDN, And Commoditization (and Coho Data!)
VMware is in an enviable but tricky situation: The company must work closely with hardware partners, keeping these prime sales and promotional channels happy and supportive. But VMware must also innovate around proprietary OEMs, subverting their products with integrated software before a rival steps up with an integrated alternative. This two-prong "coopetition" strategy has … [Read more...] about VMware’s Hardware Partner Strategy: Heads I Win, Tales You Lose
Every day, I'm briefed by another company with a range of products from entry-level to high-end. And every day I try to figure out their naming scheme: It seems most IT vendors follow the naming schemes of car companies, but few use the same naming system! As Micron explained the logic behind their three SSD lines (e, m, and h for entry-level, midrange, and … [Read more...] about What’s In A Name? And Which Product Is Better?
Cisco made a massive strategic blunder in the last decade, aggressively moving into consumer devices rather than focusing on their core enterprise and service provider markets. It seems that Cisco is now in the process of rectifying this mistake, but charting a path to growth is an entirely different matter! Cisco's Consumer Blunder Cisco is not HP, Dell, or IBM. Cisco is … [Read more...] about How Will Cisco Recover From The Consumer Strategy Blunder?