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Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? - Response

As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com. George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry. However, we don't always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and [...]

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Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies [...]

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Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words "One Hitachi". As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does [...]

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Hybrid Cloud Economics--Part 3

In conclusion to my 3-part series on hybrid cloud cost, let's review a few key points: Hybrid clouds can bring the best part of public and private ownership to the local storage team Crossover points are important, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution The time dimension is important, be sure to have a time horizon [...]

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Hybrid Cloud Economics--Part 2

This is a continuation of a 3-part series on the economic factors for hybrid clouds. Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of cloud storage vs. DIY storage (in this case a low cost tier of storage for archive or object store). Now if we take the best of each, and build [...]

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Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform

Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as "combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit." Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems' Unified Compute Platform was evaluated [...]

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Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: "A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago." This is a powerful statement about the power of [...]

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Hybrid Cloud Economics

Over the last 5-6 years, I have done extensive modeling and writing about the economics of storage (and VM) in the cloud. Like most vendors, we have worked to find defensive positions against public cloud offerings. These public offerings offer an extremely low consumption price, and that has been attractive to many, despite the variety [...]

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