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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 wryly as the delay of the merger played into their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much for developing the tech and e-commerce industry. One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)

Virtual Instruments' Wisdom Provides Essential SAN Insight

It was about three months ago that one of my friends had informed me he was leaving HDS to join a company named Virtual Instruments. ‘Virtual Instruments?’ I asked myself, trying to fathom if I’d have heard of them before only to realize that I had once seen a write up on their SAN monitoring solution, which was then termed NetWisdom. I was then inadvertently asked to mention Virtual Instruments in one of my blogs - nice try pal but I had made it clear several times before to vendors requesting the same that I didn’t want my blog to become an advertising platform. Despite this ... (more)

The Fast and Furious - SUN's F5100 Flash Array

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)

2012 Storage Predictions: Vblock FastPath, VI SAN Probe and Hadoop

Yearly prediction blogs are so clichéd hence why I've always tried to avoid writing one. Despite this I've always made a mental note of technology, products or companies that I thought were going to really do well in the upcoming year. Back in 2008 I felt VMware were going to really take off after the release of 3.5. In 2009 I had a gut feeling DataDomain would explode just before they were bought by EMC. In 2010 I spoke to a friend about how 3PAR's technology could no longer be ignored and in 2011 I still wasn't convinced that FCoE would overtake FC in revenue despite all the an... (more)

When RAID 10 Is Worth The Economic Cost

Faced with the prospect of the extra disks needed for RAID 10 or the heavily marketed RAID 5, most users would go with the economic option and choose the latter believing they avoided themselves potential capacity problems for the future. But with 15k FC disks now seen as a norm for an OLTP (with some users even going for SSDs), the need to decide between RAID 10 or RAID 5 is something that needs to go beyond economic considerations. The benefits of Storage administration becoming easier and more accessible via GUIs and single management panes has ironically led to the downside of ... (more)