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Blog: Industry Trends and Perspectives: 6GB SAS and DAS are not Dumb A$$ Storage This is part of an ongoing series of short industry trends and perspectives blog posts briefs. These short posts compliment other longer posts along with traditional industry trends and perspective white papers, research reports, solution brief content found at www.storageio.com/reports. With 6G that increases performance as well as connectivity flexibility, more servers are supporting SAS natively while storage system continue to add support for 3.5" and 2.5" small form factor high performance and large capacity SAS drives. Shared SAS DAS storage systems are being deployed for consolidation attached to two or more servers as well as for clustered solutions. Another area where shared SAS DAS storage is being deployed is in cloud, scale out NAS and bulk storage environments as a price ... (more)

Part V: PureSystems, Something Old, Something New, Something from Big Blue

This is the fifth in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here. So what about vendor or technology lock in? So who is responsible for vendor or technology lock in? When I was working in IT organizations, (e.g. what vendors call the customer) the thinking was vendors are responsible for lock in. Later when I worked for different vendors (manufactures and VARs) the thinking was lock in is what was caused by the competition. More recently I'm of the mind set that vendor lock in is a shared responsibility issue and topic. I'... (more)

Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO It's Off to Work They Go

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM. On the heals of VMware buying Nicira for software defined networking (SDN) or what is also known as IO virtualization (IOV) and virtualized networking, Oracle is now claiming their own SDN capabilities with their announcement of intent to acquire Xsigo. Foun... (more)

Hardware, Software, What About Valueware?

I am surprised nobody has figured out how to use the term valueware to describe their hardware, software or services solutions, particular around cloud, big data, little data, converged solution stacks or bundles, virtualization and related themes. Cloud and virtualization building blocks transformed into Valueware Note that I'm referring to IT hardware and not what you would usually find at a TrueValue hardware store (disclosure, I like to shop there for things to innovate with and address the non IT to do project list). Instead of value add software or what might otherwise be c... (more)

HDS Claus Mikkelsen talking storage from SNW Fall 2012

HDS Claus Mikkelsen talking storage from SNW Fall 2012 By Greg Schulz Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed (http://storageio.com/StorageIO_Podcast.xml) In this episode from SNW Fall 2012 in Santa Clara, I am joined by my co-host Bruce Ravid (@BruceRave) of Ravid and Associates as we catch up with long time storage industry veteran ... (more)