While the bulk of Sun-related news this week relates to reported talks of a buyout by IBM, the company took a break from negotiations to introduce their own cloud computing and storage infrastructure, challenging Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and perhaps VMware, Microsoft, and Nirvanix. Sun is leveraging the assets they acquired from Q-layer earlier this year on top of … [Read more...] about Sun Launches Their Own Cloud, But For Which Market?
Today, Brocade announced that it has completed its acquisition of Foundry Networks. This is just the latest move in the strategic game to control the next generation of Ethernet, and possibly all local connectivity, including storage. Although 1 Gb Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand are all still going strong, the attention of the industry, the pundits, and the … [Read more...] about Who Will Capture the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Crown?
This is the second entry in my Top-Ten in Storage series. Not every innovative product can succeed in the market, and no matter how good some ideas seem, they can fail to make much of an impact. The truth is, people buy solutions, not technologies. This list includes products so cool, so ahead of their time, that they just couldn't fail. But they did. … [Read more...] about Top Ten Coolest Enterprise Storage Flops
There is a battle shaping up in the enterprise storage industry. On one side are those who see flash storage as an upgrade for the disk drive, and on the other are those who see it as a cache between the CPU and the drive. It's a fundamental difference of opinion - flash chips can be used either way, and each approach has its unique benefits and drawbacks. The Register did a … [Read more...] about Is Flash A Disk Or A Cache?
Solid state (NAND flash) storage is all the rage right now, but there are many lingering questions regarding its true performance, reliability, and cost. But no question is more important in determining its ultimate usefulness than that of location: Where should flash storage be placed to maximize return on investment? Storage companies have argued that flash disks can be … [Read more...] about SSD: So Close and Yet So Far