NetApp changes V-Series to FlexArray, launches new enterprise array

NetApp Inc. today made changes throughout its product line, adding a FAS8000 enterpriseunified storage system and FlexArray storage virtualization software, and updating itsclustered Data Ontap operating system. Enterprise arrays with more capacity, memory, flash The FAS8000 consists of three models that replace the FAS6200 enterprise and FAS3200 midrange arrays. NetApp will continue to sell the FAS2200 entry-level series. The ...

Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux

If btrfs interested you, start your next-gen trip with a step-by-step guide to ZFS. If you’re not an expert on armored anteaters that’s a pangolin. Aurich Lawson / ThinkStock In my last article on next-gen filesystems, we did something in between a generic high altitude overview of next-gen filesystems and a walkthrough of some of btrfs’ ...

IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

  SUMMARY:IO, which is known for its modular data center designs and specialized data center management software, is getting into the cloud provider space with a new service called IO.Cloud. It’s very open at the foundational level, at least, running OpenStack software on Open Compute hardware. Modular data center expert IO is getting into the cloud ...

EMC finally gets into the all-flash game with first XtremIO units

  SUMMARY:Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, EMC on Thursday is launching solid-state storage arrays resulting from its purchase of XtremIO a year and a ...

Flash storage: Everything it’s cracked up to be, and probably unnecessary

photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:EqualLogic and now DataGravity Co-founder Paula Long is very smart about storage technology. Right now, she’s looking at things like flash and cloud storage with a skeptical eye. They’re valuable and will become more valuable, she says, but only when they’re done right. Paula Long is no novice when it ...

FlexPod – a Highly Available Infrastructure for Oracle

  Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is larger than ever, with 60,000 attendees expected this year. One of the largest technology shows, this one will cover a wealth of topics including Cloud and Big Data, but primarily centered on Business Applications and what’s news for them.  This emphasis on Business applications is what makes this show so important ...

The Duality of Storage

  I’ve spent most of my career working on storage, file system and database technology of one form or another.  This has given me some insight that others might find valuable.  I have a good vantage point on storage technology, and how it is evolving to meet the changing needs of its consumers, many of ...

Building a Data Platform for Hybrid Clouds

If you work in IT in 2013, you work for an IT service provider. It may not feel that way to the majority of IT professionals yet, but it does now to CIOs. The past few years of “which cloud” debates – public, private, Amazon, Azure, SaaS – have settled into the Hybrid Cloud model. ...

Cisco acquires storage maker

EMC alliance in jeopardy? Cisco today made a major move in the storage market with its plan to acquire Whiptail, a maker of solid state memory and data storage systems, for US$415 million. The deal, according to Cisco, will help its Unified Computing System (UCS) — a bundled solution combining networking, servers, storage and virtualisation ...

EMC gets flashier with latest hybrid storage array

  photo: Flickr / getinet SUMMARY:EMC sees the appeal of flash storage but maintains that hybrid arrays still suit most customer requirements. tweet this Last week was VMware’s time to shine. Now parent company EMC is strutting its stuff — in Milan — unveiling an updated VNX hybrid storage array that it claims is now built with fast flash storage ...