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Has NetApp Reached a Strategic Inflection Point?

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Chris Mellor recently covered IDC’s quarterly disk shipment report, which measures the market leaders in enterprise storage.  As Chris points out, NetApp continues to decline, with reduced revenue over the last three quarters.  I’ve talked for some time about NetApp reaching an inflection point with Data ONTAP, their storage array operating system.  Has the legacy of running two incompatible storage operating ... Read More »

CEO Updates: Tintri and Violin Memory (updated)

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Over the last two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to meet with CEOs from two startup companies in the storage industry.  Both are relatively new to their positions, however each company has very different challenges ahead. Violin Memory is one of the original all-flash storage vendors which went through a rather rocky IPO last year; Tintri is a startup focusing ... Read More »

Tech Trailblazer Winners 2014: Nutanix; PernixData; VMTurbo

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The results are out for the 2014 Tech Trailblazer awards and there’s a few old favourites in the list of categories I follow and voted in, including Nutanix, Pernix Data and VMTurbo.  Runners-up include Avere Systems and GridStore. This year’s voting event was bigger and better than ever.  The judging list contains some prestigious names in technology and of course ... Read More »

Why EMC Should Have Bought IBM’s Server Business

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By now the news will be out – Lenovo are buying IBM’s X Server business.  But what would happen if things had been different and EMC made the first move? I’m sure many of you are thinking that this strategy would make no sense, but bear with me for a moment.  Firstly let’s look at EMC’s business as it stands ... Read More »

A Look Back at 2013 & Plans for 2014

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As we start 2014 and prepare for another 365 days of information technology fun, I thought it would be good to both look back and forward to what has taken place during the last 12 months and what we can expect from Architecting IT during the next twelve.  Here are just some thoughts, although this isn’t an exhaustive list! 2013 ... Read More »

A Ten Year Flash Array? No Thanks!

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George Crump makes some interesting comments in his recent article on whether today’s breed of all-flash storage arrays could survive for 10 years in the data centre.  Whilst the logic of his comments make sense, I think there’s little desire to be using today’s all flash devices in 10 years’ time. There’s no reason to think that the all flash ... Read More »