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Many data centers purchase storage infrastructure on a 3 to 5 year depreciation cycle. The problem with buying storage this way is that you have to buy more than you need for the first few years. These data centers have to over provision their storage requirements with capacity that is declining in price by about [...]
Recently StorageNewsletter reported Hitachi’s Fiscal 3Q earnings, which ended in December of 2013, they noted that Hitachi Data Systems is “one of the rare storage giants” that is also in servers and is ready to execute this year (2014) in hardware as well as in systems.
In my last post I talked about the explosion of copies that IDC says is now 65% of our external storage capacity, and I outlined ways to reduce the number of copies, reduce the capacity of copies and quantify the cost savings of reducing copies.
Laura DuBois of IDC has been calling attention to the explosion of data copies problem since 2012 and I have blogged about this several times, including my top ten trends for 2013 and 2014. Her latest report on January 31 of this year reconfirms that 65% of external storage systems capacity is used to store [...]
One of my top 10 IT trends for 2014 called for the explosion of enterprise flash. Now you are seeing more and more vendors introducing flash arrays that claim enterprise performance and durability based on something called eMLC, where the “e” stands for enterprise and MLC stand for Multi Level Cell or 2 bits [...]
SAP AG evaluated the Hitachi Converged solution for SAP HANA performance and found it to be as much as 5 times the performance of other competitive solutions. As a result of this evaluation and the success that Hitachi Data Systems has had with selling and installing Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged solutions with SAP HANA, [...]
In past years, when customers were asked to name the leader in midrange NAS; Hitachi was probably not on the top of the list. Hitachi has long earned a reputation for enterprise scalability, availability, and performance, but never made an impression in the midrange. Well that perception has changed according to a survey of qualified [...]
Welcome to 2014, with best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. This should be an exciting year with many challenges and opportunities in IT. Before we left on the year-end holidays I published 10 trend blog series, which I expect to see in 2014.
Trend 10: The Transformation of IT Operations Skill Sets, Roles, and Responsibilities
Trend 9: Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes Recently, I had a discussion with a customer about capacity-on-demand who said he had a rolling lease program where he continually refreshed his storage every three years. When I asked him what he did to ensure that his data was shredded when he rolled his [...]