PernixData FVP – Feature or Platform?

A couple of weeks ago I was briefed on the latest technology to come out of PernixData; a software suite known as Architect, which provides insight into the I/O workload of virtual machines in a VMware vSphere environment.  The company’s previous (and still current) product


Standard SSDs or Custom NAND Modules?

At VMworld last week I took part in a Tech Field Day presentation from Violin Memory, one of the earliest all-flash array start-ups.  Violin are “relaunching” the company, following on from many senior management changes and a lot of work to make their products more


Kaminario Releases K2 v5.5 With $1/GB Price Point

Last week Kaminario Inc, a start-up vendor of all-flash storage solutions released an upgrade to their K2 platform.  The release, introduces three main new features: 3D TLC NAND, achieving a $1/GB price point (usable). Native data asynchronous replication, based on snapshots. A feature called “Perpetual


Flash Economics: Choosing The Right SSD

This post first appeared on the Kaminario Blog – At a superficial level, it’s easy to assume that all solid-state disks (SSDs) are the same. In reality, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. SSDs continue to evolve and are dividing into a broad


Avoiding The Forklift Upgrade – Kaminario Guest Post

I’ve recently started working with Kaminario, an all-flash array startup vendor and will be publishing a series of posts and papers on the Kaminario site.  I’ll also be linking them here for convenience.  The first post covers scale-out architectures as a way to avoid the


Nutanix Goes After Private Cloud with XCP

This week Nutanix held their .NEXT conference in sunny Miami, around plenty of anticipation for what was to be announced.  In the hyper-converged market-place there’s not a lot of love lost between the incumbents like VMware and the upstarts like Nutanix, as can be seen


Sponsor News: Week #23

This week’s sponsor news (week 23) StarWind Software Tap Room Meeting: Shared Storage for Hyper-V: No Hardware. No limits. Now! Date: 4 June, 11 am ET / 4 pm BST Host: Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc. Spoiler alert! At the end of the


HP Expands 3PAR Range with New 20800 Arrays

  In what has become somewhat of a tradition at HP Discover, the HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms were extended this week with the announcements of new products and features, including the massively scalable 20800 series.  HP released two new models: 20800 “Converged Flash” – a


Sponsor News: Week #22

  As a thanks to sponsors of this blog, I’ll be publishing a weekly post, covering news and announcements for each sponsor. StarWind Software 1.  Live Webinar: StarWind Seeks Bounty Hunters, Interested in Protecting the Rights  Date: 3 June, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm