Who are the snake oil salesmen in the data storage industry?

January 22, 2016 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

The data storage gravy train is coming to an end. As the big iron players start falling from grace, their software features lose relevance in a simpler software-defined everything world. The mere three-year data storage refresh cycle is not as practical and the economics of storage are now called into question by businesses of all… Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 5

June 03, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — Hybrid and SSD Arrays What are they good for and what are they not? What are enterprise hybrids? What are just SANs in a can for SMB doing HSM/ILM?! What about All SSD arrays? Are they worth it? All HDD Arrays, Hybrids, and all SSD Arrays:  An Introduction All HDD… Continue Reading

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Fifty Shades of Storage, Part 4

May 13, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — What are the specific aspects that an array can and should have, to be efficient and TCO friendly? How does ISE meet and exceed these aspects by making the “whole greater than the sum of the parts”? I will deal with these questions across my next few blogs, but first… Continue Reading

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50 Shades of Storage, Part 3

April 29, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — When it comes to storage systems, the cost to build the product and the subsequent acquisition cost are only two aspects of the overall cost of owning and operating the storage. The $/GB argument does not hold up anymore as the only important point in storage, because the enterprise and… Continue Reading

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How to Minimize Data Storage Costs and Avoid Expensive Mistakes

April 16, 2013 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

There are titanic shifts occurring in data storage requirements today, often resulting in buyers making expensive storage purchasing mistakes. The most significant disruption to traditional storage thinking is a new problem brought about by the appeal of all-SSD systems, and that is the over-provisioning of performance (IOPS), in order to achieve the proper capacity (TBs)…. Continue Reading

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The Truth About Storage, Part Four

March 07, 2012 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — Another myth, the second in the Five myths and Half-truths series, is that the ‘storage shelf’ or ‘drive tray’, or new ‘massively dense drive packages’ and servers with many HDDs are actually decent at preventing vibration and providing enough cooling for all the drives in the enclosure. THEY ARE NOT…. Continue Reading

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The Truth About Storage, Part Two

February 13, 2012 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — This blog is the second in a two-part series. First, let’s start with what storage is about. The fundamentals of storage are about: Performance to the application in the way of I/O and BW; System and component reliability; System availability; and Data protection/integrity. Storage is also about data management, which… Continue Reading

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The Truth About Storage, Part One

February 03, 2012 | by VIOLIN SYSTEMS

— Storage Horizons Blog — This blog is the first in a two-part series. The second part will uncover the truths, half-truths and myths about storage. I’ve been in the storage industry for more than 32 years with my team at XIO. Digital Equipment, Compaq, and Seagate were incredible places to learn a trade that… Continue Reading

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