I spent a few days in Prague last week with colleagues from across Europe, Middle East and Africa. We covered many storage-related topics, but the current flash debate was one of the most prominent discussions. Last time I counted, there are more than 50(!) flash array start-ups chasing the big company acquisition dream… So how will this storage sub-segment really play-out? As usual, I have an opinion. . . on the promise of flash and the paths it will take
This week I got up early Sunday morning in the mountains of North Wales and by nightfall was turning my bed down for a well-deserved night’s sleep in my Riyadh hotel room. This transition was a real shock to the system: no nightcap in the bar to aid slumber; spring temperatures above 40 degrees (somewhat different to the cool, mountain air of Snowdonia!) and the contemplation of a week selling storage in one of our most interesting regional markets. Here are some insights learned from a most-interesting week!
I have talked before about storage for SMBs and my belief that the future lies in a converged approach – to storage and the infrastructure as a whole. I can imagine your surprise when, just a couple of weeks later, HP announced its very own storage solution framework for small and midsize businesses – HP Simply StoreIT – based on exactly these principles! You’re probably expecting me to wax lyrical about the benefits of HP Simply StoreIT, so I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to attempt to cut through some of the hype and myths surrounding SMB storage as I see it today.
From speaking to many customers, it is clear to me that the data explosion continues unabated and most organisations struggle to cope with the never-ending demand for more capacity. The traditional storage vendor battles have been focused on the “bigger, better, faster” mantra, but I see a need for increased vendor responsibility where our community needs to focus less on performance specs and more on the efficiency agenda. Employing techniques to offer customers real data reduction capability and much better utilization of storage is where the game is at. There is a lot to be done and a lot that can be done!
This week I thought we could explore how things should pan out in the small and medium business (SMB) space. We see a lot of commentary on how big organisations are deploying technology. However, just like large enterprises, small businesses are also experiencing an explosion of data and increasing complexity while often lacking the specialist people to manage their IT infrastructure. After examining the legacy of SMB storage, I think it’s time for a change – to Converged Infrastructure and Converged Storage for SMB. Here’s why