Everyone is talking about “software-defined” everything lately, so it was only a matter of time before industry buzz turned to software-defined storage. VMware and EMC really stoked the flames with a constant barrage of marketing directed in this direction. But how exactly do you software-define storage? And what does this mean? It’s always amusing to see how others react … [Read more...] about Making a Case For (and Against) Software-Defined Storage
Enterprise storage is perhaps the most innovative area of IT these days, with exciting startups springing up right and left. Today, that scene welcomes Qumulo, who are building a new storage platform focused on scalability, efficiency, and simplicity. Qumulo catches my eye for two reasons: The team is heavy with Isilon experience, and CTO Aaron Passey really impressed me with … [Read more...] about Qumulo: An Enterprise Storage Startup Focused on Scale, Simplicity, and Efficiency
VMware vSphere is a truly remarkable product that has redefined the idea of "unprecedented disruption" in the IT infrastructure market. On a feature basis, vSphere 5 remains a generation ahead of competing offerings from Microsoft, Citrix, and others, and VMware is in an excellent position to retain and grow this position. But no company is invincible, and VMware's Achilles … [Read more...] about Sub-Standard Deployments: VMware’s Achilles Heel
Virtualization is a disruptive technology in every sense of the word. By abstracting and simplifying physical resources, virtualization enables dynamic utilization. But this “translation” from physical to virtual disrupts the assumptions that enable performance and flexibility of physical devices such as storage arrays. Your Assumption Is Invalid See Storage Arrays Do A … [Read more...] about The I/O Blender Part 2: What Does Virtualization Do?
I've been organizing Tech Field Day events for three years, and I've been in enterprise storage for far longer. So it's kind of surprising to realize that I've never hosted a Field Day focused on enterprise storage! That changes this month, with Storage Field Day on April 26 and 27. The delegates and presenters are all in order, and it's really an amazing event. Don't get me … [Read more...] about Storage Field Day 1 – Silicon Valley