Network Appliance is no more. The company that made the second enterprise storage device I ever used, added the terms "filer" and "appliance" to the enterprise IT lexicon, and long suffered from a confusing array of names, is now officially called NetApp. This is probably a good idea. A company needs a single name, and NetApp is what lots of people (even me) have long … [Read more...] about The Artist Formerly Known As Network Appliance
One of the hits from my TechTarget storage virtualization seminar this week was a discussion of the relative merits of different storage protocols. Sounds deadly, but this can be quite a religious issue for folks, and it generated lively debate. I'm firmly in the "do what works" camp - there is no always-right protocol, and they all can work. In the interests of all, I'd … [Read more...] about Which Storage Protocol For VMware?
TechTarget's Storage magazine today announced the winners of their annual Products of the Year awards, and it's an impressive array of technologies. Although I did not contribute to the voting this year, I heartily endorse the outcomes! Overall, I was impressed with many of these products this last year, but certainly CommVault, HDS, ProStor, Xsigo, and Akorri (winners all) … [Read more...] about Reacting to TechTarget’s Storage Products of the Year
EMC floated 10% of VMware today as an IPO (NYSE:VMW) and wow, is it taking off. Starting at $29, it's at $51 after a couple of hours of trading, making EMC's $635 million investment in 2003 worth $19 billion today. If this price is maintained (which I doubt it will be), VMware would be half as valuable as EMC itself, according to the market. It also has a market cap higher … [Read more...] about Yowza! VMware is a Rocket!
Anyone paying attention knows I'm not particular sanguine about the near-term prospects for solid-state disks (SSDs) and hybrid hard disk drives (H-HDDs) in the enterprise storage space, but I'm not foolish enough to discount them entirely. With that in mind, it's worthwhile noting the debut of the first commercially-available retail(ish) SATA SSD from SanDisk. Read more … [Read more...] about Commercial SSDs Are Here?