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Storage for small to midsize businesses: time for software-defined?

This week I’m attending a meeting with some of our most valued Distribution Partners in EMEA and thought this might be a good reason to reflect on storage for small-to-midsize businesses. I’m focusing today software-defined storage. Cost pressures, limited staff and a generally more integrated IT approach (what else can you do with only one or two IT guys only) makes software-defined storage a very attractive to small business...or to large enterprises with smaller remote sites. Here’s why

The all-flash data centre becomes reality

AFNL.jpegWhen it comes to flash technology, I am now seeing is a certain maturity of thinking emerging in the market. Flash storage will be the base technology for the data centre of the future. Most customers I have recently met have a broad acceptance of this concept and indeed are actively exploring their flash strategy. What is also clear is that flash deployments will continue to be predominantly in the form of an intelligent array, providing the highest levels of service.

 

To help you adopt the best flash strategy for your data centre (and business, you should consider three criteria: performance, cost and operability. Today, I will talk more about those and also cover some of the flash storage news announced last week at HP Discover in Las Vegas—which is all about driving down TCO and consolidating the legacy.

NetApp CTO Jay Kidd Retiring and Won’t Be Replaced. Are You Kidding?

By Manish Goel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HP Storage

 

KeysJ.jpgClose on the heels of Beepy’s departure, another long-time friend and colleague, Jay Kidd, is also retiring. I am not surprised. In fact, I was wondering what took him so long. When we worked together, we often talked about his plans to retire. It looks like that day has finally arrived. I also noticed that NetApp announced the position of CTO will not be backfilled. This got me wondering: Do you really need a CTO?

Spotting competitive advantage in mature markets

A look at recent tape market share numbers

While flying back from a customer visit last week, I reviewed new EMEA tape market share numbers from analysts IDC and SCCG. The positive results for HP prompted me to blog about the nature of maintaining or gaining market share in markets that have reached maturity.  

 

Disruptive storage technologies such as flash and software-defined storage continue to dominate the headlines – as well as many of my blogs! But if the value of a solution is measured by ongoing market adoption and relevant use cases rather than just share of press and analyst coverage, then mature technologies such as tape retain their importance for today’s modern data centre.  

You Really Can Have the Ultimate Flash Storage Solution

Today Vish Mulchand joins our Store Insider blogger community from his vantage point in Las Vegas at EMC World. Vish is Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for Storage at HP. He leads the planning and marketing of our primary storage products, including HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP StoreVirtual.

 

No_Limits.jpgI can’t tell you how many times I’ve had conversations about flash storage in which a frustrated storage administrator says to me, “Of course I can choose the performance of flash, but then I have to pay a premium and I can’t afford it. The alternative is to sacrifice performance and opt for data services with spinning disks. Why do I have to compromise?”

 

I often end up asking, “What if you could have the performance of flash with a full set of Tier-1 data services, six-9’s availability, seamless data protection, and costs less than $2/GB of useable storage?” A head shakes, then I get a “Really?” And I say (emphatically), “Really!”

 

If you’re in Las Vegas this week at EMC World and we cross paths, please ask me how much I enjoy delivering the news that you can have the ultimate flash solution. Let me define what I mean by that...

 

Better yet, join the #AllFlash conversation #NoLimitsPromo now over on @HPStorage

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