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Much of the messaging at the recently held 2014 VMworld conference was focused on the software-defined datacenter (SDDC) or software-defined infrastructure (SDI). It is clear that the supplier community seems to be taking this concept to the next level as a way to maintain the viability of their commercial and proprietary hardware-defined offerings. This blog post assesses what some of the risks to SDDC are – and how too many proprietary approaches pose an existential threat to the future of SDDC.

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In today’s rapidly changing IT environment, IT teams are being called upon to find better ways to manage the device explosion and data deluge to keep their competitive edge. While converged solutions is an emerging technology area, too few IT professionals have fully grasped the role and value of converged infrastructure to transform their traditional data centers into highly efficient, reliable, cost saving and sustainable assets for their business. That’s why HDS is partnering with IDC, a premier market intelligence firm that is specializing in research of ‘The Third Platform’ technologies to sponsor our upcoming ‘Converged Solutions and Private Cloud Forum’ in New York City on September 9th, and Philadelphia on September 10th. I will be speaking at these events. At these events I plan to discuss the latest IT infrastructure methodologies and strategies to enable companies to create greater operational efficiencies through the power of converged infrastructure and private cloud solutions.

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This IDC study presents the worldwide 2014–2018 forecast for storage systems, software, and services in Big Data. Data-driven businesses with a constant thirst for storing and analyzing large quantities of data will force suppliers to develop Big Data–friendly solutions — solutions that are designed to minimize the movement of data and at the same time provide the economies of scale needed to store this data at the cost of pennies per gigabyte. Storage will continue to play a pivotal role in Big Data. Newer data storage platforms like enterprise data lakes will make it easier for the storage and analytics of diverse data sets.

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This blog post discusses the impact of the software-defined storage revolution on hardware platforms. The move towards delivering core storage services via a portable software stack means that such a stack can exist on multiple commodity hardware platforms. Today commodity hardware is synonymous with x86-based hardware, but in the future it could include ARM and potentially even OpenPower based hardware platforms. Read below for more.

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This blog post attempts to clarify how the word "Storage" is used by the IDC HPC team vs. how it is used by the Storage Team. They are not used in the same manner - and this often causes folks to get confused. IDC is working on a joint taxonomy and other mechanisms to rectify this situation going forward. Till then this blog post serves as an informal clarification.

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A vendor recently asked us what constituted the categorization of anything as a workload. My immediate answer was to say “any process or set of processes that runs in the user space and provide a service to an external entity”. Technically that meant that anything that runs in the kernel space couldn’t constitute a workload. That begs the questions: Can storage be considered a workload? And what sets of processes constitute a “storage workload”.

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