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Violin Memory makes second caching play as it picks up GridIron
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2013
GridIron's SAN acceleration technologies are a good complement to the NAS caching technologies that Violin obtained in its acquisition of Gear6. Will Violin's caching capabilities give the vendor a means of serenading enterprise SAN customers?
Fusion-io unleashes low-cost hyperscale-grade flash cards
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
With pricing set at $3.85 per gigabyte, the company is taking what it learned from large customers such as Apple and Facebook to launch a new low-cost line of ioScale cards for hyperscale datacenters and cloud providers.
EMC seeks to redefine storage for the 'software defined' datacenter
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The storage superpower is firming up pay-as-you-go editions of its arrays with the goal of broadening appeal to service providers. Will future iterations of the SDDC still have room for a dedicated hardware array?
LSI tackles low-cost shared storage with Syncro line
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The vendor's new platform adds sharing capabilities to DAS to create a new class of storage it claims is less expensive than traditional networked arrays. Will the recent surge in DAS interest give Syncro a kickstart?
Virsto aims to take the hype out of the storage hypervisor
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The storage optimization software vendor has closed some sizable deals since it released a VMware-compatible storage hypervisor. Will its software appeal to OEM and reseller partners?
EMC rides iWave to storage automation
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2013
The acquisition provides the storage superpower with a management tool for simplifying provisioning across multiple classes of storage systems. Will iWave give EMC's software-defined storage strategy an agility boost?
HP revamps storage portfolio: out with the old, in with the new
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The vendor has made 3PAR the cornerstone of its storage portfolio, and is releasing low-cost systems to replace its aging EVA platform. Will 3PAR's NAS capabilities and a new StoreAll object platform make a splash in the unstructured data market?
2013 preview – Storage
MIS Reviews / Previews - December, 2012
Here we highlight the major areas in storage technology that we expect to be driving industry innovation in 2013.
SwiftStack fires up support and management tools for Swift object storage
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The startup is providing support for service providers and enterprises looking to utilize Swift object storage. Will SwiftStack's proprietary management tools entice customers to buy into its offerings over the unsupported open source edition?
ScaleIO is latest startup to weigh in with software-defined storage offering
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The startup is exiting stealth with an 'elastic' software storage product that converts server DAS into a virtual SAN environment. Will ScaleIO's ECS become a factor in the storage space for virtualization and databases?
Will the future of enterprise storage be defined by software?
MIS Spotlight - December, 2012
In an era of 'software defined everything,' it's no surprise that software-defined storage is de rigueur, but just what is it? And why should you care? Here, we outline what we believe are five key enablers of the shift to software-defined storage.
WHIPTAIL bumps up flash-array scalability with INFINITY
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The all-flash storage specialist has unveiled a new add-on to boost the scalability of its INVICTA arrays. Will WHIPTAIL's emphasis on investment protection provide it with an edge in this competitive space?
NexGen strengthens performance monitoring, targets software-defined datacenters
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The hybrid storage specialist has enhanced its performance management capabilities. Will storage QoS create differentiation for NexGen Storage in a crowded market?
Yottabyte unleashes Cloud OS platform for building Virtual Data Center
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The startup's key technology is a distributed file system that can virtualize heterogeneous storage resources; it has also built management tools to create virtual datacenter environments. Can Yottabyte make a dent in the crowded cloud space?
HDS charges up VSP hybrids with new flash chassis
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage add-on is the first product to feature Hitachi's new flash controller. Will the vendor's proprietary controller provide differentiation in the crowded hybrid storage array space?
DataDirect Networks scales up revenue, fortifies WOS cloud storage platform
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The high-performance storage specialist has long-term aspirations to push beyond the billion-dollar-revenue mark while ramping up its sales and engineering. Will DataDirect Networks' Web Object Scaler broaden its reach beyond HPC?
VDI storage bottleneck? No problem, we can handle that!
MIS Spotlight - October, 2012
Dozens of vendors are tackling the disaster that random I/O traffic made of VDI projects in years past.
Zadara eyes OpenStack block storage opportunities with new Cinder support
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The integration with Cinder will allow the vendor's VPSA to provide storage resources to OpenStack clouds. Will Zadara's block and file storage attract partners and service-provider customers?
Kaminario reels in major funding, eyes channel expansion
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The all-flash array specialist has pulled in close to $70m in funding. Will its high-performance capabilities attract new partners and potential acquirers?
Astute Networks attacks VM bottlenecks with flash and iSCSI acceleration
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The company claims its ViSX G4 appliances can give applications, VDI and server virtualization a tenfold storage performance boost. Can the vendor's iSCSI offload capabilities provide differentiation in a crowded market?
Compuverde cross-pollinates object storage with server virtualization
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The Swedish startup has developed a platform with scale-out object storage and the ability to run VMs within its cloud. Will Compuverde's software take root in the service-provider market?
GreenBytes accelerates VDI, flashes primary de-dupe patent
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage systems specialist is focusing on the VDI market with a service-provider-oriented accelerator product. Will its patent entice potential acquirers to take a bite?
Nimble adds 'scale to fit' flexibility, and $40m in new funding
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage specialist has surged past the 600-customer mark, and is now adding scale-out capabilities to extend its range. Will Nimble's latest funding round drive the vendor closer to an IPO?
Where does storage fit in VMware's software-defined datacenter?
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The company is inflating vSphere with juicy storage functionality to accelerate the consolidation and commodification of storage. Should storage vendors fear or embrace the changes ahead?
QLogic makes its own flash play with Mt. Rainier cache
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The fiber channel specialist is looking to add flash caching capabilities to its host bus adapters and driver stack. Will QLogic take caching to new heights with its Mt. Rainier project?
NetApp rounds out solid-state strategy with Flash Accel for server-side caching
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage specialist has designed Flash Accel to serve performance-centric apps that may experience hotspots, and its go-to-market pact with Fusion-io is intriguing.
Intel flashes cash for cache specialist NEVEX
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2012
The vendor acquired the Canadian startup at the beginning of August. Where does caching fit into Intel's growing pool of datacenter software?
Hitachi Data Systems makes flashy enhancements to VSP
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The vendor has rearchitected its software stack to take better advantage of flash. Will the emergence of Hitachi's new flash controller disrupt the storage landscape?
Violin Memory aims to expand total addressable market with Symantec technology pact
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The flash array specialist has added enterprise-class data-protection functionality through a partnership with Symantec. Will the addition of snapshots and de-duplication make Violin's systems more attractive to VDI and server virtualization users?
Texas hold 'em: IBM bets on flash with TMS buy
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2012
Seeking maturity and reliability, IBM has acquired 34-year-old solid-state storage pioneer Texas Memory Systems. Where do the target's flash arrays and cards fit in Big Blue's lineup?
Skyera's Skyhawk flash array soars into the market with $3-per-GB pricing
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
Developed by the founding engineering team of SandForce, the startup is looking to quickly disrupt the market with extremely aggressive pricing. Will Skyera's flash-efficiency technologies excel in enterprise environments?
Calligo's vision: offshore splash with SolidFire flash
HITS Insight - August, 2012
The offshore service provider is looking to create differentiation by going all-in with all flash storage clusters from SolidFire.
SolidFire secures service-provider win, muzzles 'noisy neighbors' with QoS
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The service-provider-oriented flash array vendor is looking to exit stealth later this year, and has secured a customer win with offshore provider Calligo. Are service providers ready to invest in all-flash?
Cache IQ emerges from ashes of StorSpeed with 'smart' NAS-acceleration play
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The NAS-acceleration startup is running with the IP it acquired from StorSpeed, but this time it's marrying the software with industry-standard hardware rather than custom gear. Caching appliances have yet to take off, but the opportunity seems ripe.
Fusion-io charges up flash appliance space with Ion, partners with NetApp
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The flash card pioneer has taken a big step forward into the systems space with its Ion offering, which allows server partners to create high-performance flash appliances out of commodity hardware.
A new generation offering hybrid arrays seeks to outmaneuver well-heeled incumbents
MIS Spotlight - July, 2012
Hybrid arrays blending flash and hard-drive capacity continue to dominate the storage landscape. But a new wave of VC-backed innovators is attempting to elbow its way into this crowded product space.
Lust for low latency drives surge in server flash cache
MIS Spotlight - July, 2012
Although the server-based flash market was once the haven for niche players catering to vertical markets, major storage and server players are entering the fray and pushing toward the general virtualization market.
HP fires up all-flash 3PAR, fleshes out solid-state strategy
MIS Impact Report - July, 2012
The server and storage superpower has unleashed an all-flash version of its 3PAR flagship, and is prepping a new class of solid-state storage systems. Can HP successfully pull its server and storage lineups together with flash?
Is it time to go all-in on all-flash arrays?
MIS Spotlight - July, 2012
Although the all-flash-array market is currently a tiny blip in the storage landscape, every vendor is looking to add products to keep pace with rivals. Will the growing performance needs of virtualization and analytics lead to accelerated acquisitions?
Cumulus' MARS attacks performance bottlenecks with NoSQL analytics
MIS Impact Report - July, 2012
The performance management specialist's MARS platform can locate bottlenecks at the storage, server and hypervisor level. Cumulus has already secured a tier 1 OEM win, will more follow?
Tintri targets VDI as it approaches 100 customers with VM-storage platform
MIS Impact Report - July, 2012
The virtualization storage specialist has recently gotten some traction in VDI environments and has added key features such as snapshots. Can Tintri's VMstore appliances carve into the ultra-competitive midrange storage space?
Dell flashes its Fluid Cache, preps AppAssure backup cloud
MIS Impact Report - July, 2012
The vendor unveiled details on its upcoming Fluid Cache offering at the recent Dell Storage Forum. Dell hopes its future offerings will boost its converged infrastructure message.
Dell extends unified storage, pushes hardware convergence
MIS Impact Report - July, 2012
The vendor unveiled new products and future directions at the annual Dell Storage Forum event in Boston. Will Dell's drive toward server and storage convergence lead to sales growth?
An overview and appraisal of NetApp's flash strategy, now with Flash Pools
MIS Impact Report - June, 2012
With the addition of Flash Pools, NetApp now has a more efficient means for accelerating writes. Will its upcoming host-based flash offering extend the reach of ONTAP caching into the server space?
SanDisk sails into the database optimization space with Schooner acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2012
The transaction further extends SanDisk's reach into enterprise performance acceleration. Will the vendor be able to build out the necessary reseller and integrated partnerships to introduce its flash storage and software to a broader market?
EMC fires up flash array 'Projects,' eyes integration
MIS Impact Report - June, 2012
The company's Project Thunder and XtremIO acquisition are validating the market for all-flash arrays. What do EMC's flashy future plans mean for its core disk array business?
EMC's Isilon aims to surf into mainstream datacenters with Mavericks release
MIS Impact Report - June, 2012
The scale-out NAS arm of EMC is mostly known in verticals such as media and energy, but a pending software update is designed to make the platform more palatable to more mainstream IT departments. Will this put EMC into greater conflict with itself?
EMC buffs up unified VNX and VMAX block storage platforms
MIS Impact Report - May, 2012
With its latest series of block and unified storage enhancements, EMC has filled a few feature gaps while boosting performance and efficiency. Will the vendor's latest updates allow it to increase market share in the competitive array space?
Assessing Dell's M&A strategy, Part 2: future directions
TDM Acquirer IQ - May, 2012
Completing our look at the role M&A is playing in Dell's transformation, our analyst team indulges in some intense chin-scratching to come up with some potential future targets in 'big data,' security, management and beyond.
'Flash whisperer' Pure Storage announces general availability of all-flash array
MIS Impact Report - May, 2012
After a year of early access sales, the all-flash array vendor has announced the general availability of its FlashArrays. Will the addition of HA and improved flash management allow Pure Storage to win customers in the crowded flash storage market?

 

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