Enterprise Data Storage and IoT — Time for a Reality Check

By John Webster, Thursday, July 31st 2014

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A common practice among the purveyors of Enterprise IT storage is to begin a product pitch with the following admonition: “Stored data volumes are growing at explosive rates!” Therefor Mr. Customer, you need our product to manage this explosive growth, or else....

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TCO for Software Defined Storage — Known or Unknown? Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, July 25th 2014

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In a recent blog post on Software Defined Storage (SDS) I mentioned that, while the model was attractive from the standpoint of lowering the upfront cost of enterprise storage, pricing models across SDS vendors are still a work in progress....

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Hitachi Data Systems Executes Another Transformation: Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, June 25th 2014

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In many ways, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is emblematic of a storage industry that is grappling with the need to quickly make a transition to new business models. Why? The storage industry has suddenly become a convergence zone for many...

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What Did SanDisk Just Buy? Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, June 17th 2014

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On June 5, 2014, Fusion-io executives invited industry analysts to a one-day product announcement and company strategy update. Eleven days later, SanDisk announced that it intended to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1B in cash as it builds out its enterprise flash and solid...

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Will Users See the Value of Software Defined Storage? blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

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Vendors of enterprise storage arrays (EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, NetApp) are all riding the Software Defined Storage (SDS) bandwagon to one degree or another. IBM says that its enterprise storage product line will over time become increasingly software defined. EMC’s ViPR SDS platform is...

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SSD is Hot — So Why is Toshiba Demolishing a NAND Flash Fab? Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, May 20th 2014

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Toshiba recently announced that it will begin demolishing its No. 2 semiconductor fabrication facility, the company’s NAND Flash memory plant, and replace it with a new fab facility on the same site. Why? According to Toshiba: “The primary purpose of...

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Who Saves Everything? blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, April 15th 2014

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If you were to ask the average enterprise data center administrator how long their organization save its data, the quick answer would be “forever.”  It’s been that way for years, in fact decades. Knowingly throwing away data is something that...

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Do Enterprise Storage Arrays have a Future? – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, February 12th 2014

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I’m reading some handwriting on the wall. It says that revenue growth for the storage array platforms commonly used in enterprise data centers will be hard to come by in 2014. I say this knowing full well that more data is being...

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Storage Market Forecast for 2014: Trifurcation Results in Increasing Complexity

By John Webster, Monday, December 9th 2013

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Tis the season for forecasting as pundits prove their worth by predicting the future—at least into the following year. As an industry analyst I often feel compelled to write these, usually with little regard for what I said the year...

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“Hadoop Meets The Mainframe” – John Webster’s Forbes blog, Inescapable Data

By John Webster, Wednesday, October 30th 2013

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Within enterprise data centers, Hadoop is a shiny new toy—the same place where the mainframe is sometimes thought of as a dinosaur. Yet the two have some things in common. Both are used as large scale, high performance batch processing...

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