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What's next for EMC Isilon?

By Ashish Nadkarni

As anticipated, EMC's Isilon division launched OneFS 7 on November 19th, 2012. OneFS 7 was announced back in May of 2012 at EMC World as one of the most feature-rich releases coming out of the Isilon division post acquisition. With the launch of OneFS 7, Isilon has moved its scale-out NAS solution closer to the Enterprise - adding features that make it friendlier towards use cases such as storage for home directories, archiving and even virtualization. So where does Isilon go from here?


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Last week Quantum announced Lattus - a new family of wide area storage solutions for managing Big Data. According to Quantum, Lattus solutions integrate dispersed object storage to enable accessible, scalable and durable multi-petabyte data repositories. Data Direct Networks (DDN) has similar solutions (and aspirations) using its Web Object Scaler Platform. This made me wonder if newer technologies such as object storage and newer interfaces such as HTTP/REST are allowing vendors to come up with a "WAFS 2.0"?


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EMC Analyst Day - Thoughts and Opinions

By Ashish Nadkarni

EMC held an analyst day on November 15th. Even though 2012 is not over yet, this event rounded off an eventful year for EMC which made several industry moving announcements including a major reorg. EMC executives shared a lot of their vision, strategy and product futures with us analysts. Because of heavy "no-tweet" content that was shared during the event, much of it is off limits for this post. However some key highlights are worth sharing.


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For storage startups the channel is the route to go

By Ashish Nadkarni

Ask any storage vendor today on they will tell you that they are one hundred percent channel focused. For storage vendors, the channel presents the fastest route to brand awareness and sales. This post discusses why vendors are so fond of the channel and what are some of the unique opportunities and challenges they face as they expand their business.


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Ceph - A unified storage platform for the enterprise

By Ashish Nadkarni

A couple of days ago, a client asked us what we thought about Ceph. At that time, I did not have an answer for them. But upon researching Ceph, Inktank, its mission and how it is going about accomplishing it, I must say it looks promising. What's more is that I feel vindicated. It seems only yesterday we put out the "How distributed file systems are rewriting the future of the storage ecosystem" paper on idc.com (#236010) - and now projects like Ceph are validating it.


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The imminent role of ARM as a storage platform?

By Ashish Nadkarni – 1 Comment

It seems not too long ago that the storage industry was fragmented in terms of the "compute" layer in their storage systems. PowerPC, MIPS, Sparc and other platforms dominated the "pie chart" with x86 occupying a small share. Then something happened - all suppliers moved to x86 as a premise for commoditization of the storage platform. With vendors like Dell now testing low-powered ARM based servers and ARM releasing a 64-bit architecture, the question is how long before ARM becomes the platform of choice for storage vendors?


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