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OpenStack is overstretched

Opinion I'm back again at my daily job after a week travelling between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. It's clear that the hot topics there are cloud and flash storage; in fact the first meeting I had last week in Silicon Valley was with OpenStack. cloudopenstack130x86 OpenStack is an open source project launched a couple of years …

VMware: the next big storage vendor?

Nowadays some of the most discussed topics in the storage industry are related to VMware: "VMware support and integration", "VMware-aware storage" and "storage features for VMware" are only a few examples of what I mean but, are we sure that the relationship between VMware and traditional storage will be so tight in the long …
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HP talks storage, convergence, integration

Here at HP Discover 2011 in Las Vegas and I could already write a small book with all the announcements and information pumped out on the first day. Starting from the early morning with the press conference up to now with the meetings in the blogging lounge, I collected a large amount of information on HP's strategy and vision …
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Can two small startups solve big storage pains?

Explosive data growth is a big pain for every IT manager on earth. Many enterprises have their global infrastructures scattered among two or three continents. Maintaining file servers or filers all around the world isn't a simple matter: some of them are unattended, there are security concerns, backup/archive policies can't be …

Networking galore at SNW Spring

Blog I'm at the airport once again, this time returning home from Storage Networking World Spring, held in Santa Clara, CA this week. The value of the event SNW is one of the most important events in the storage world and it's a great opportunity to meet in person all the people that run the storage market business. Indeed the most …
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HDS private cloud storage product is 'beautiful'

The second day of the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers event is finished and I'm writing this piece on the airplane flying back home to Italy. HDS people joked about their unified/converged stack architecture while presenting their stack proposition, saying several times that their stack is uni-verged (unified and/or …
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HDS and its awfully good VMware integration

I'm here sitting at the second Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) blogger's day with a bunch of other bloggers to hear about the company's vision and strategy. My company was an HDS partner in the past and I remember very well its Closed - the capitalised C isn't a typo - point of view about storage and the rest of the world. But now, I …
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How to evaluate ... automated storage tiering

Automated storage tiering (ATS) is one of most discussed storage array topics in the past year. It refers to the ability of the storage array to move chunks of data between different disk types and RAID levels to meet the right balance between performance and space usage, and avoiding so-called hot-spots. The pioneer in this …

Software is the secret sauce in storage sales

NetApp has reported another  great quarter. It's obvious that this is a great moment for the company , especially now that it is now pointed out as the leader in midrange storage market, and direct competitors are all striving to match NetApp and win customers' affection. This blog is not meant to show how better or worse …

Of Dell, storage and stacks

Last week I spent a couple of days at a Dell event reserved for partners in Milan. It's always interesting to talk with vendors and their partners to know more about their market perception and field strategies... especially during lunches and dinners with good food and red wine. Partners All the world thinks Dell is a direct …