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VMware Endorses StorMagic for ROBO Server SAN

I’ve long believed that hyperconverged solutions made the most sense at the small end of the scale. You know the SMBs, plants, remote offices, branch offices and big box stores of the world for whom the storage choices have been pretty bad over the years. A typical SMB gets by with a prosumer device like a Synology NAS while corporate …

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Decoding the Magic Quadrant

The folks at Gartner recently released their first Magic Quadrant for all-flash arrays to slightly more than the usual amount of controversy. In addition to the usual sniping about how vendor A was in the Niche Players quadrant when they should have been a Visionary, some of us have more serious questions about which vendors were included and which weren’t—all …

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Our New Datacenter – Chapter 3 – Server Cabinets

Part II – What We Did To be perfectly honest, we didn’t expect to start the Santa Fe data center with a shiny new set of server cabinets. We had been talking to the good folks at CommScope about a patching system for the new lab, and when they decided they wanted to support our little project, they offered not …

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What I’m Doing Instead of A Summer Vacation

Unfortunately it’s been too many years since I’ve had a summer vacation worth writing a “What I Did On My Christmas Vacation” essay about. Back when I was a consultant the summer was usually a slow period when I could update the lab, write some articles and get in a little beach time. It wasn’t like being French, and getting …

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Gridbusters Made Me a YouTube Star

This summer started with the realization of an idea that has been stuck in my head for a couple of years. I figured we should create a video where we demonstrated that a scale-out storage system could survive a node failure in a dramatic fashion. Rather than just pull the plug on the node we’d destroy it with a pot …

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Your New Datacenter – Server Cabinets

Most data centers are dominated by rows and rows of server cabinets, but most of the people I talk to that run the gear that goes in those server cabinets think of them as commoditized furniture. To paraphrase “Little Boxes” the Malvina Reynolds song so brilliantly used over the opening credits of the Showtime series Weeds: Server cabinets in the …

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The Decline of the Blade Server

For the past 10 years or so, blade servers have been the fastest-growing portion of the server market. However, as cloud service providers—and the corporate data centers that, every year, look more like the data centers of cloud providers—operate, it seems to me that the blade server’s best days may be behind them. Blade servers have traditionally (and can I …

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Reading Storage Benchmarks—The Details Matter

As I prepare to speak at Interop about all storage things flashy and software-defined, I’m quite disappointed at how many vendors, and some of my fellow analysts, present their benchmark data. Given the sophistication of today’s storage systems and software, the details of how benchmarks were run matter now more than ever. Let’s review the details you should be looking …

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HP Puts Server Firmware Behind Paywall

In what I can only see as a negative move for customers, HP’s decided that firmware updates for Proliant servers will no longer be available free for download from the HP site for all users. Only those users that can prove their server is under warrantee or that they have a service agreement of some type in force on the …

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Why I Miss Independent Tradeshows or Why Interop Matters

In the lead up to the Groundhog Day/Super Bowl holiday weekend, I started hearing rumors that VMware had uninvited some vendors from their Partner Exchange event being held in San Francisco next week. It appears that the folks at VMware decided that Veeam and Nutanix wouldn’t be welcome at this year’s PEX. My first reaction is to miss the independent …

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