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?

FalconStor VDI Solution: Economics And Performance

On August 24th, FalconStor announced their new NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware Virtual Desk Top Environments, and Network Computing covered it here. FalconStor briefed me on this solution prior to their announcement, and I was impressed with it. FalconStor has been developing some highly creative storage solutions, and I thought it time to take a closer look at this one and spend some time talking with someone who is using it. To say that I was even more impressed with the FalconStor solution after my conversation is an understatement.

Gluster Named Finalist for Best of VMworld 2010 Awards in New Technology Category

Innovative open source clustered storage platform recognized for value, performance, reliability and ease of use

MILPITAS, Calif. – September 3, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced that Gluster Storage Platform with VMStor was chosen as a finalist in the New Technology category for the Best of VMworld 2010 Awards at the VMworld 2010 conference held this week in San Francisco. The panel of judges was a mix of industry experts, IT consultants and TechTarget editors. Entrants were scored on innovation, the value provided by the product, performance, reliability and ease of use.

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Virsto Virtualizes Storage I/O For Virtual Machines

Back in February of this year, Virsto launched their “Virsto One” storage virtualization software product. Much was written about Virsto at that time, and they were covered here on Network Computing. I had the unique opportunity to sit down and talk with Mark Davis, CEO of Virsto, in San Francisco this week while we were both in town for VMworld. Virsto is virtualizing storage in Microsoft Hyper-V based environments. A key question for Mark was why release storage virtualization in the Hyper-V space first before addressing the VMware market?

Summertime Tech Bidding Wars, Part Deux

In 2009, we saw what we thought was a bit of an anomaly within the Information Technology industry: a multi-billion dollar summertime bidding war between two tech heavy-weights over a smaller technology company. EMC battled it out with Network Appliance over the acquisition of much smaller Data Domain which had cornered the market on data deduplication. This year, in a similar time frame, we are experiencing another summertime bidding war, this time between Hewlett Packard (HP) and Dell over utility storage provider 3PAR, Inc. In my opinion, we are starting to see a pattern emerge.

10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks

Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell’Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It’s no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as “the” 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don’t think so.

10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks

Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell’Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It’s no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as “the” 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don’t think so.

Gluster Introduces VMStor to Address Market Need for Scalable Virtual Machine Storage

Provider of innovative open source clustered storage platform to demonstrate capabilities of scale-out NAS in VMware environments at VMworld San Francisco

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 24, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced VMStor, a new capability of Gluster storage which simplifies scalable NAS for virtual machine (VM) storage. Initially supporting VMware, the new VMStor capability significantly decreases the expense associated with storing 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. Gluster will be demonstrating VMStor in booth #440 at VMworld 2010, taking place August 30 – September 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Acquia Uses Gluster Storage For Drupal Gardens SaaS Offering

Acquia, the company behind commercial Drupal offerings, has selected Gluster open source storage platform for their hosting needs. Gluster storage platform offers an easy way to manage data on commodity servers within a single namespace. According to Krishnan Subramanian, this is the kind of storage solutions SaaS startups want to have as they offer good performance at a much lower cost. Being an open source platform is a plus because when a startup trusts their storage needs on a relatively smaller vendor, open source offers the kind of insurance that will ensure business continuity.

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