Wikibon is a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open source sharing of free advisory knowledge. While the role of software has been important to the technology world for a long time, the emerging software-defined data center or what Wikibon calls “software-led infrastructure” highlights the importance of code over boxes. Sheet metal, ports and devices don’t go away, but as more products are made up of commodity or off-the-shelf components, the intellectual property is in the stack that sits above the physical layer. Hardware does still matter in a software world; hardware that can provide flexibility
Hitachi Data Systems has announced a flash storage tray for Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays, utilising its own in-house developed flash controller.It's called Hitachi Accelerated Flash (HAF) and uses non-volatile memory with two bits per cell. The controller is a multi-core chip managing flash memory dies rather than solid-state drives.Roberto Basilio, a HDS veep for infrastructure platforms product management, claimed the silicon extends the raw endurance of the multi-level-cell (MLC) flash and makes it perform like single-level-cell (SLC) flash, which is faster than MLC: "The result is the lowest cost-per-bit of any enterprise MLC flash
Tape library vendor SpectraLogic says it installed 550PB of tape library capacity in the second half of 2012 and reports that its revenues, led by rising T-Finity library sales, for that six months were up 9 per cent compared to a year ago.Half an exabyte of tape equates to the installation of roughly a dozen of the vendor's high-end T-Finity libraries in the period - each library has a 45PB raw capacity maximum with LTO-5 tapes. A base unit cost $218,000 in 2011. Let's do some rough-and-ready math and up that to $225,000 for inflation and then triple it for a high-capacity box - which would give us $675,000 apiece. A dozen of these would give
To those in the storage world who rejoice in being in-the-know about the ever shifting technology and vendor landscape in front of them, Gartner Magic Quadrants are seen as major events in the “Vendor Olympics” that our industry can often devolve into. Now, by combining multiple disparate storage-related Magic Quadrants into one review of General-Purpose Disk Arrays (made publically available by HDS for you, here) it seems Gartner has created the decathlon of the storage Vendor Olympics.And while you might be a fan or a detractor of Gartner’s methodologies, it does measure two vectors of actual importance to storage customers: a vendor’s ability
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Channel sources close to VMware say the company is planning to embed a version of EMC's Avamar backup software into its vSphere virtualization and cloud platform, a move that would breach the technology firewall between EMC and VMware.
VMware is expected next week to use its VMworld conference to unveil plans to embed the Avamar Virtual Edition in VMware's vSphere 5.1, giving users the opportunity to back up a maximum of 2 TBs of data free of charge, according
Users and vendors: Nominate your favorite/best products by filling out each of the fields in the form below by Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5:00pm PST. All questions must be answered or the form will be disqualified. For tips from our judges on submitting a product for consideration, click here.When you register for SearchStorage.com, you’ll also receive targeted emails from my team of award-winning editorial writers. Our goal is to keep you informed on the hottest topics, the latest news and the biggest challenges you face as a storage professional today. QLogic's Mt. Rainier HBA technology will combine shared storage management with
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