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As it happens with certain types of technology, an indelible impression left by version 1.0 of such technologies makes the version 2.0 comeback a bit more challenging. Object-based platforms - which are the version 2.0 incarnation of what were once known as Content addressable storage (CAS) platforms is an example. While CAS technologies were successful in their own way (Just ask EMC how many Centeras they have sold) they had distinct flaws in the areas of scalability, performance and versatility. Newer object platforms from vendors like DDN, Scality, Cleversafe, Tarmin and others promise to change that. However, they have to first overcome that perception challenge that their predecessors left behind. In this blog post I outline some of the key characteristics that suppliers should arm their platforms with in order to be successful. Bottom line is that object platforms are not solutions by themselves - but they need to possess key characteristics to enable solutions. And they cannot be all things to all people.

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February 20th, 2013 PernixData has come out of stealth mode & has entered the VMware virtualization acceleration software market with it's Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP). The FVP is a software solution for VMware that can accelerate virtual machines transparently using the end-user's choice of commodity server-side flash and SSD.

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February 19th, 2013 NetApp announced a flash storage vision and two new all flash storage arrays:

EF540. E-Series storage array designed for absolute performance while providing enterprise features as well.

FlashRay. Built from the ground up all flash storage array focused on performance, cost, and enterprise features.

NetApp has had a long history with flash starting with Flash Cache (formerly PAM cards) to Flash Pools and even including flash on the host with Flash Accel. It's an exciting day for NetApp to complete the flash portfolio with all flash storage array and provide insight into the future flash strategy with FlashRay.

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IDC has been studying the converged infrastructure market for a while now and expects it to grow as businesses steadily demand simplification of their IT environments as a key focus area when making newer infrastructure acquisitions. A new breed of converged solutions known as "Compustorage" clusters (a term that the IDC Storage team coined last year) is beginning to beginning to carve out a piece of the converged infrastructure market. With a focus on use cases like server and desktop virtualization and Hadoop, suppliers with these solutions are demanding a new way to examine the future of converged infrastructure...or at least their version of it.

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Lord Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. Although he is known by many other attributes, his elephant head is perhaps one of his most striking identifiers. According to Wikipedia, Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles, as a Lord of Beginnings and the Lord of Obstacles, a patron of arts and sciences, and more commonly a keeper of intellect and wisdom. Another incarnation of Ganesha has been associated with the hi-tech world for a while now, as the namesake for a NFS server running in user space. NFS-Ganesha is a commendable open-source effort. Where will it go next? What promises does it hold?

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On December 12th, Open-PNFS, a new industry initiative for building out the pNFS stack quietly launched with nearly eleven members in its roster. Notable amongst them are RedHat, Panasas, Coraid, Nexenta, Nexsan and IBM research. One of the founding members Tonian is also working on a pNFS solution that promises to provide a shot-in-the-arm for NFSv3 environments hungry for leveraging pNFS for scale. The Open-pNFS initiative is the first big initiative to be seeded after FCoE perhaps - but whats unique about this one is that the companies championing it are newer entrants into the storage space. Incumbents should take note.

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Businesses everywhere are panicking. Their users have gone roughshod with public sync-n-share services like Dropbox, Sugarsync etc. They do not have an alternative to give to their users. Storage suppliers are coming to the rescue. The question is - has the damage been done already? Or will storage suppliers be able to allow businesses to reclaim this lost land.

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