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Shout it from the mountaintops: why the future of storage is so exciting

CO.jpgHow my Colorado trip reignited my excitement around flash, software-defined and data protection

I have just returned from Colorado where we spent a couple of days in our Fort Collins engineering site reviewing the storage industry and our key future focus areas. This was my first trip to this part of the U.S. and I was impressed with the lush-green environs and pleasant early summer climate. I look forward to returning for the winter ski scene at some point. But today my focus is on storage engineering and innovation powering the future of storage

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.  

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