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How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you? Let's look at the tape market. Tape devices were backup devices; they were the target storage devices for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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Compellent driven into datacentre by Dell

Compellent is now formally part of Dell and it is going to develop its technology so it can go deeper into the datacentre. Dell's Darren Thomas, its VP and general manager of storage, blogs: "Our storage vision has always been to make data management easier and more affordable ... The acquisition of Exanet technology provided a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Centera Belgian development centre to close

EMC intends to close down its Centera development centre in Belgium, putting 50 jobs at risk, but absolutely denies that the Centera product is coming to the end of its life. The intended layoffs are part of company wide cutbacks which surfaced earlier this month. They raise a question about the future of Centera and its object …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2008
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Storage startup busts object location barrier

File system trees are inefficient and slow when locating files in a filespace occupied by billions of files and folders. Storing the data as objects in a flat storage space is becoming a recommended alternative. But, as soon as you go for object storage to defeat this file system tree traverse problem, you face a fresh problem: …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010
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NetApp buys small, large storage specialist

NetApp is buying Bycast, a relative unknown. But there's more to this privately-held object storage developer than meets the eye. Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, Bycast makes the StorageGRID product for very large object-based, fixed-content archive vaults that can encompass petabytes of data. The software verifies …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2010
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Where are the next storage startup stars?

Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Which storage technologies and vendors will fly in 2011?

At this turning point of the year, as Dell wraps up Compellent and InSite One, and Atrato slides under the waves, it's timely to look ahead at the storage world in 2011 and ask que sera? Data growth and storage demand is seemingly unstoppable, and new storage tech has advanced quite a bit in 2010. Things are looking good for the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010
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Compellent plans to invest its way out of tailspin

Previously impressive Compellent unveiled its results for the first quarter with lower sequential revenues and a loss. The firm intends to grow its way out of trouble with a better-managed sales process and new technology. Earlier this month Compellent surprisingly warned of lower revenues this quarter. In the last quarter of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2010
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Xiotech reloads Matrix

Xiotech is aiming to build a Matrix eco-system of storage system app vendors linking its superdisk ISE enclosures with direct storage-controlling apps like VMware, Oracle and Exchange 2010. Matrix is not an HP-like integrated IT stack product set, but a dynamic set of storage resources coordinated by a Matrix controller doing …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2010
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Has Symantec sprinkled Veritas developers with pink slips?

The fate of hundreds of Veritas developers hung in the balance this week as parent Symantec was rumoured to have killed off its S4 object storage development effort. Last week ESG's Steve Duplessie blogged that up to 600 Veritas developers and engineers of Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM), file system (VxFS) and Cluster Server (VCS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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Dell OEMs Data Domain and Celerra

Dell is broadening its storage product range by OEMing EMC's Celerra and Data Domain products, and developing its own object storage product. The background to this is the continuing and dramatic rise in the amount of semi- and unstructured information. This leads to a sheer storage capacity problem and to infrastructure …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010
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Storage start-ups fail to set the world on fire

Try this point of view on for size: there is no general large scale file storage problem. Companies set up to deal with that problem have failed to set the world on fire and over-invested ones, like ONSTor and Copan, are facing difficulties. Meanwhile, block storage SAN re-invention companies, such as 3PAR and Compellent have …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2009