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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?
EMC's Isilon division has been one of the fastest growing divisions in the company. When EMC acquired Isilon a couple of years ago, it's focus was largely on acquiring a scale-out NAS solution built on a distributed file system. There was some talk of Isilon cannibalizing EMC's own homegrown (but not scale-out) NAS offerings. That may very well happen in the future but ask any EMC exec and they'll tell you that their aspirations for Isilon are largely focused on making it a value proposition…
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"?
When Cisco and Brocade got into the "Wide Area File services" game they were taking a network centric view of the problem. The premise for WAFS was therefore to allow remote users to access files globally at LAN speeds over the WAN. When they were trying to solve this problem it was not so much a "Big Data" problem as it was "Network latency" problem. Data sets shared between users were relatively small however the use of latency sensitive interfaces like CIFS and NFS meant that they were no…
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.
EMC is not the one to shy away from making fantastic proclamations about the future of the industry is a part of - and the market that it plays in. This has largely driven its vision, strategy and tactical initiatives, including in a large part, their M&A strategy. It has amassed quite a warchest of products and solutions over the years. As David Goulden put it, EMC is a serial innovator and a market consolidator.
But something different is happening at EMC now. Unlike the EMC of…
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.
This week two storage startups briefed us on their shiny new partner program. Every other storage startup that wants a serious exit is channel focused. From the storage vendors' perspective, the channel presents an accelerated route to getting their brand known to the masses. It also presents an opportunity to tap into a huge mind trust that has been selling technology - learning from their experience selling other products and solutions. The channel has also been very receptive to pushing new…
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.
Ceph is an open source storage project. It was in the news recently as the billionaire Mark Shuttleworth (who also funded Canonical and Ubuntu) has funded Inktank - which is focused on bringing Ceph to the enterprise. So the question is will Inktank's (and therefore Ceph's) efforts bear fruit. What kind of head winds will they encounter as the move upstream? How will storage startups and incumbents react?
As Ceph labels it, is a "unified, distributed storage system designed for excellent…
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?
There were some interesting news clips last week on ARM's aspirations to be part of the data center:
There was a news article that Dell had developed a second ARM-based server platform and planned to donate it to the Apache Software Foundation for software development and app porting.
There was news that Cortex introduced an ARM 64-bit architecture
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