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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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Interop Preview on Enterprise Efficiency

I have once again been invited to speak at Interop in Las Vegas. Interop, which by the way is run by United Business Media (UBM) the parent company of NetworkComputing and InformationWeek, is one of the last major events in the IT business not run by a vendor of one kind or another. As I recently wrote independent events give …

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IBM Server News

Things are certainly hopping over at IBM’s x86 server division. Just as they announced the most innovative x86 servers I’ve seen in a long while, IBM also announced they were going to sell the group off the way they sold the desktop PC and laptop division to Lenovo in 2005. The new servers, which IBM has dubbed X6, are the …

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Talking Influencer Careers on VMware Community Roundtable

While Woody Allen once famously said that 80% of success is showing up I’ve always believed that luck, and more importantly what I did with the opportunities luck delivered to me was at least half of my success, if you can call where I find myself a success. The other day I got a serendipitous direct message on Twitter from …

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Storage News Bits 1/2014

The following news items struck me as significant enough to pass on to you loyal readers. Oracle picks LSI for PCIe SSDs in Exadata. It’s clear to me that the bulk PCIe SSDs are going to be sold in bulk orders of one sort or another.  Basically I see most PCIe SSD sales as either direct sales of thousands like …

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Dell’s C6100 and Joys of eBay Shopping

As I mentioned in 2013 will be a good year to buy used servers, we at DeepStorage Labs are not too proud to buy equipment on eBay from time to time. One item that’s commonly available on eBay that seems like a great fit for many labs is Dell’s C6100 high-density server. The C6100 C6100 front and back view. Note …

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New in the Lab—Virident FlashMAX II SSDs

It’s interesting how some vendors manage to capture—and, if they’re good, retain—sufficient mind share that their company or brand name becomes synonymous with their market segment. In the storage world, Fusion-IO has managed to maintain that position without falling into the trap that Kleenex and Xerox have, where those companies have to defend the brands from becoming generic terms like …

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