NetApp Takes On EMC With Future Ready Infrastructure

Today NetApp announced new high-end and mid-range storage systems, support for 2.5 inch disk drives and Solid State Disks (SSD), Data ONTAP 8.0.1, unified connectivity for FCoE, CIFS, NFS, and iSCSI, along with the OnCommand Management Suite, and FlexPod for VMware which is a pre-sized and validated data center infrastructure solution. NetApp is clearly targeting the burgeoning Virtual Machine opportunity and is building the path to a future-ready infrastructure. In my opinion, today’s announcement by NetApp represents the big bet that the company can provide storage, software, and connectivity technology that provides the infrastructure foundation for shared storage in both virtual and physical server environments.

Now We Know What Dell Will Do

Back on September 29th, Dell announced new capabilities and services to its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. A few days before VMworld I met with senior Dell representatives in San Francisco where they explained VIS and how well the overall architecture and combined Dell services have enabled their customers to heavily leverage virtual technologies. Dell customer Black Board attended this meeting providing testimonial on the implementation of the VIS architecture and that they are accelerating their ability to meet SLA’s and deliver compute capabilities that are enhancing their business growth. My last blog on Dell asked What Will Dell Do Now? in consideration of HP winning the bidding war for 3PAR. Now we know what Dell will do as they begin soaring ahead into the virtual era with VIS.

Webinar on Deploying Open Source Scale-Out Storage

Industry experts to outline challenges unique to service provider market and other firms looking to grow service offerings for managing storage within a cloud

MILPITAS, Calif. – October 28, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, will sponsor a webinar outlining how service providers can increase service offerings and add new revenue streams by adopting cloud computing. Gluster will be joined by industry experts Terri McClure, senior analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group, and Reuven Cohen, founder and CTO of Enomaly, for the live webcast, “Service Providers Deploying Open Source Scale-Out Storage,” taking place on Wednesday, November 3 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT. Attendees can find more details and register [intlink id=”940″ type=”post”]here[/intlink].

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Webinar 11/3: Service Providers Deploying Open Source Scale-Out Storage

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Businesses, governments, non-profit organizations and individual consumers are facing growing challenges in storing, managing, protecting and mining the explosion of data being generated in an increasingly digital world. Consider these trends:

  • Unstructured data is growing 60% year-over-year
  • Virtualization is affecting the entire datacenter and standardization is key in building a virtualized infrastructure
  • Enterprises are turning to service providers who offer enterprise class IT more cost-efficiently and with better service levels

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Gluster Announces General Availability of Version 3.1 of Scale-Out NAS Platform

Provider of innovative open source storage platform unveils new elastic scaling capabilities for virtual storage in cloud and on-premise environments

MILPITAS, Calif. – October 12, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced the general availability of Gluster Storage Platform 3.1, with new capabilities to enable improved elastic volume management and automation. The new release is suited for the needs of dynamic cloud and data environments, allowing data to elastically grow, shrink or migrate across the physical machines in a cluster without any downtime or service interruptions. Storage volume configuration changes can be made on-the-fly for real time response to changing workload or performance tuning. Gluster Storage Platform 3.1 is available under the GNU Affero General Public License.

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New Product Release, New Open Source License for a Cloudy World

As you have likely seen, we announced the general availability of version 3.1 of the product today. I won’t repeat the information that is posted elsewhere on the site, but I do want to touch on a couple of things.

The new capabilities we have introduced are broadly applicable, but the needs of service providers and other cloud storage offerings were a significant factor in our development priorities. I’m guessing nobody is very surprised by that fact, as cloud computing is an industry trend that isn’t going away. Cloud environments do have unique requirements, but they also share universal characteristics such as the need to automate on a large scale and dynamically adapt to changing conditions. The Elastic Volume Manager and Gluster Console Manager in v3.1 are a reflection of this.

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Compellent: Rising To The Enterprise Challenge

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Compellent and spend some time talking with them on a few hot topics. High on my list to talk about was getting their impression of the bidding war for 3Par. We discussed that subject and much more. I have been meaning to blog about Compellent for some time, taking a deeper look at their Auto Tiering capability, which is leading Compellent into enterprise opportunities. It appears the time is right to provide a glimpse into a storage company that has started to take on the enterprise challenge.

QLogic Launches New Attack On Network Convergence Landscape

QLogic’s announcement today of their Adaptive Convergence strategy is the equivalent of a nuclear blast across the converged networking landscape, metaphorically leveling the competition in its wake. As I have predicted in the past, QLogic is seriously committed to the converged networking sector and is innovating at a rapid pace, gaining material market share and bringing fundamentally new technologies to market that will benefit cloud service providers and highly virtualized environments. This new attack on the network convergence landscape is again bringing the fight, and the pain, to its competitors.

QLogic Launches New Attack On Network Convergence Landscape

QLogic’s announcement today of their Adaptive Convergence strategy is the equivalent of a nuclear blast across the converged networking landscape, metaphorically leveling the competition in its wake. As I have predicted in the past, QLogic is seriously committed to the converged networking sector and is innovating at a rapid pace, gaining material market share and bringing fundamentally new technologies to market that will benefit cloud service providers and highly virtualized environments. This new attack on the network convergence landscape is again bringing the fight, and the pain, to its competitors.

Gluster to Demonstrate VMStor for VMware at VMworld Europe

Finalist in New Technology category at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco to showcase innovative open source storage platform with scale-out NAS capabilities in booth 106

MILPITAS, Calif. – October 5, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced it will be demonstrating VMStor for VMware in booth #106 at VMworld Europe 2010, taking place October 12-14 in Copenhagen. VMStor initially supports VMware and significantly decreases the expense associated with storing virtual machines (VMs) by eliminating the requirement to use a traditional storage area network (SAN) based environment which can be expensive to scale. Gluster VMStor scales to multiple petabytes and can store an unlimited number of VM images. Key capabilities such as VM-level snapshots and backup can be performed with a single mouse click or automated with existing tools and cloud management software.

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VMworld – it’s the IT infrastructure show

With a busy week at VMworld in the rear view mirror, it’s a convenient time to take a minute to reflect on the conference. Invariably conference small talk will ask the question: ‘how’s the show going for you?’. The answers vary from conference to conference but generally gravitate to realistic expectations having been met. VMworld 2010 was a completely different story – the reaction I received from attendees and vendors alike was overwhelmingly positive. By the third day the show had earned it’s place as the best conference I can remember attending as a vendor. The crowd was big (over 17,000 attendees) but the quality was very high. Good, hard, technical questions and discussions were the norm rather than the exception. Potential customers digging into your product had active projects and difficult problems they were working hard to solve; very few tire-kickers. Big announcements were made from companies both large and small. Drew Robb at Enterprise Storage Forum has a nice recap from the storage perspective. And if that were not enough, they served IT’S-IT ice cream as an afternoon snack (VMware event planners, you have my sincere thanks).

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What Will Dell Do Now?

For a company that prides itself on listening to its customers and delivering more than just what meets requirements, EMC received the message loud and clear from Dell about what the company is looking for in an enterprise class storage product: like a 3Par InServ. Can EMC deliver an enterprise storage array for Dell? Will Dell select a new acquisition target? Now that HP has won the bidding war, what will Dell do now?