Data Efficiency…the Transformational Technology of this storage era

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Transformational technologies are slow to take hold in storage. Until recently, storage was purchased based upon three basic criteria: performance, reliability and manageability.  You may say, “whoa, what about price”, I’d argue price was set by performance requirements.  Historically, these have been valuable competencies for storage companies and points of differentiation, but today – in a storage world that is virtualized, software defined, SSD accelerated, running on standard platforms and…

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Virsto – Much More Than Meets The Eye

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VMware announced the acquisition of storage hypervisor software maker Virsto, this week. This is a really profound move by VMware that will have widespread impact on storage efficiency. Don’t confuse Virsto with caching companies, they have implemented VM-centric thin provisioning and storage virtualization on the client. It can be used with any vendor’s block storage! What does this mean for VMFS? Not sure, but it is clear that with Virsto…

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Taming the BIG DATA Beast

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BIG DATA has come on very strong over the last several months. It’s the new buzzword, the new topic du jour. Or, is it just a new name for Data Warehouse or Data Mart (oops! I said a 90’s phrase..or two)? Last week, (2/16) Steve Duplessie wrote a blog on ‘Why is Everyone so fired up About Big Data?’ In his unique style Steve raised some great points and for…

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BIG DATA It just may save your business …If you can afford it

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In my last 3 posts I have addressed data growth, IT budgets and Storage Costs and Data Affordability. Data Optimization is emerging as the enabler to drive economic recovery through its ability to significantly improve storage and data efficiency and deliver IT budget relief. Today’s Data Optimization is delivering performance and scalability that was not available in earlier generation data deduplication solutions. The result of this efficiency is that performance…

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Dedupe 1.0 Requiem

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As a follow on to my initial post on the pending Data Domain acquisition (by someone!), here are some additional thoughts (take 2!) For NetApp, they were basically left at the alter acknowledging to the world their product technology/portfolio shortcomings. They opted for the “buy” vs. “build” strategy. EMC has now one-upped them with an offer they basically can’t counter with cash. We’ll see if the latest NetApp counter of…

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