Feeds

Converged stacks will retard storage innovation

Soup or nuts?

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

It's open season in storage right now, but the door is starting to close. If you have something that works with filer or block access protocols then develop away. Servers can use it. The product can work with storage area networks (SANs) or filers and you are free to sell it to customers with servers that use SANS or filers.

So we see Avere and Alacritech with filer accelerators, and Nirvanix, Cirtas, Nasuni and other startups focused on the cloud, basically intercepting local data centre storage operations and diverting them to the cloud. It's relatively easy to do this. You don't need to build a complete stage stack when your innovation is just a part of one layer in that stack.

Step forward converged infrastructures with integrated top-to-bottom stacks. Oops. Imagine an HP BladeSystem Matrix with integrated servers, system software, networked storage and networking. How do you slot an Avere accelerator into that? Where is the integration point for StorSimple's appliance? Basically, unless your storage innovation is software that can run as a virtual machine you are stuffed with converged IT stacks. Best of breed won't cut it, particularly in a hardware sense. Who cares if your block access accelerator cuts I/O latency by 20 per cent? If it doesn't fit into BladeSystem Matrix, Vblock or FlexPod or any other integrated stack then you are cut out of the market.

These converged stacks are pretty open right now and storage startups are still happening. But five years down the converged stack road I fear what will happen is what I'm anticipating hearing already; the grinding and squealing of open systems interface doors closing.

Once they are shut then the vendors will be in preserve-their-customer-base mode and will not tend to support disruptive innovations that eat their existing product lunch. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed
VMware reveals VDI for Linux desktops plan, plus China lab to do the development
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?
China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO
If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
Storage array giants can use Azure to evacuate their back ends
Site Recovery can help to move snapshots around
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.