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All-Flash Arrays – Call For Information

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It’s just over 12 months since I posted this spreadsheet on all-flash array comparisons, based on previous work from Calvin Zito and Vaughn Stewart.  I posted an update here but this is now woefully out of date and so I’m rewriting the comparison matrix and hope to have a new version online in February.  I’ve started contacting vendors but I’m ... Read More »

Latency Matters for (All-Flash) Storage Arrays

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Yesterday NetApp announced the latest product in their interim EF-series all-flash array range, the EF560.  This new appliance claims to be faster and offer more performance than the previous model, as demonstrated by NetApp’s SPC-1 performance results and naturally the company seem quite pleased about it.  Although the EF560 isn’t the fastest platform available, it is the second best in terms ... Read More »

What Next for Storage in 2015?

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s anything more to achieve in data storage.  Surely things are pretty much complete; we have the ability to store vast quantities of data reliably and each year the per unit cost of storage continues to decline.  So as 2015 rolls in, is there anything left to achieve?  What are the challenges of the ... Read More »

2014 in Review

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As we approach the start of a new working year, it’s time to take the almost traditional and obligatory review of the year hence.  So, what made the news and how does that provide us insight on the year to come? Big Trends There were certainly some interesting developments in storage and the wider IT arena.  Containers repopularised by Docker ... Read More »

Understanding IDC’s Flash Sales Figures

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IDC recently produced a report showing the sales and shipment of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays.  The report shows EMC as top dog and not surprisingly, EMC have provided a free downloadable excerpt, available here.  I always like to dig into numbers into a little more detail as you can start to uncover interesting trends or anomalies (I guess that’s ... Read More »

HDS & 3PAR Top In Gartner’s General Purpose High End Arrays

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It’s HP Discover week in Barcelona and so an appropriate time to talk about Gartner’s recent Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report.  Chris Mellor covered the details in a recent article, which included a chart of the top players.  Hitachi (through both the HDS and HP models) comes out top with their VSP platform, followed by HP 3PAR, ... Read More »