Today we will be talking about VCE's cloud infrastructure product, the
Vblock. Gartner's recent study that through next year 60% of enterprises will
embrace some form of cloud adoption, has enlightened the competitive cloud
vendor market. But at the same time, does the cloud industry need to be
driven by vendor competition or vendor collaboration? Archie Hendryx of VCE
Technology Solutions discusses this very matter.
EM360°: Could you tell us about VCE and why cloud has played a big part in
your company's solutions?
Archie: VCE is a unique start up company formed via joint investments from
EMC, Cisco, VMware and Intel that has been operating for just over three
years. Its focus is solely on building the world's most advanced converged
infrastructure, the Vblock. The Vblock is a pretested, prevalidated and
preconfigured and more importantly pre-integrated infrastruct... (more)
With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer,
the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an
inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5
inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive era) for GB USB
sticks, surely the drive for tiered storage based upon different grades of
SSDs should be just as rapid? But this hasn’t been the case with one left
wondering as to why?
The first obvious answer is the price. Not many companies are prepared to
fork out the extra 30 times price hike ... (more)
2009 seems to have been the year of corporate marriages but whether they are
marriages made in heaven is yet to be seen. The ongoing saga between Oracle
and Sun and their child ZFS is already suffering from the clutches of the
scorned mistress ECC, while the Dell/ Perot and HP/3Com matches are still in
their honeymoon period. One partnership though which does look likely to
stand the test of time and causes the biggest threat to all others is that of
Cisco, EMC and their wonderkid Vmware.
The discussion on how in my opinion these three will monopolise the future of
ILM and cloud ... (more)
It's not often that I get excited over new hardware, well at least not on a
daily basis but the new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array was something I felt
compelled to write about.
So what exactly excites me of what is in essence just a JBOD of SSDs? Could
it possibly be the delivery of over 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write
IOPS? Could it also be that an approximate 100K price tag for 2TB of SSDs
works out at as a much cheaper alternative to flash drives which would have
ordinarily been in a capsule residing at the back end of an Enterprise array?
The answer is "yes" and then... (more)
Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer
With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the
Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After
months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and
dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that
half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications
are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an
eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s
competitors are probably smiling... (more)