Category: All-Flash Array

Hardware-defined Storage is Dead

Enterprises, regardless of their size, largely agree they want any storage solutions they deploy to deliver flexibility. They may look for this flexibility in multiple ways to include its availability, performance, reliability, replication, scalability, self-healing or self-tuning capabilities, and more. However, as they choose storage solutions that deliver the flexibility they need and want, another truth quickly becomes evident. Hardware-defined storage is dead.

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Five Important Advances in All-Flash Array Technology

DCIG recently updated its research into enterprise all-flash arrays and will soon publish the DCIG 2020-21 Enterprise All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide. As we reflect on what has changed since we published the prior edition in 2018, five advances seem especially significant. Any business planning to refresh its storage infrastructure should take these advances into consideration.

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The “Me-first” Component of Pure Storage’s Cloud Block Store

Pure Storage’s most notable announcement at its 2019 Accelerate conference concerns its new Cloud Block Store offering. On the surface, this may look like a “me-too” offering. It is anything but. Rather, it represents a “me-first” moment for Pure Storage. Cloud Block Store creates a new benchmark for measuring how vendors deliver their storage volumes in the cloud.

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Nanoseconds, Stubborn SAS, and Other Takeaways from the Flash Memory Summit 2019

Every year at the Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara, CA, attendees get a firsthand look at the technologies that will impact the next generation of storage. This year many of the innovations centered on forthcoming interconnects that will better deliver on the performance that flash offers today. Here are DCIG’s main takeaways from this year’s event.

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DCIG Will Provide Update on All-flash Array Advances at Flash Memory Summit 2019

Flash Memory Summit is the world’s largest storage industry event featuring the trends, innovations, and influencers driving the adoption of flash memory. DCIG will again present at the Summit this year. DCIG’s presentation will draw from its independent research into all-flash arrays and the Competitive Intelligence that DCIG  performs on behalf of its clients.

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Fast Network Connectivity Key to Unlocking All-flash Array Performance

The current generation of all-flash arrays offers enough performance to saturate the network connections between the arrays and application servers in the data center. In many scenarios, the key limiter to all-flash array performance is storage network bandwidth. Therefore, all-flash array vendors have been quick to adopt the latest advances in storage network connectivity.

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The Early Implications of NVMe/TCP on Ethernet Network Designs

The ratification in November 2018 of the NVMe/TCP standard officially opened the doors for NVMe/TCP to begin to find its way into corporate IT environments. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to listen in on a webinar that SNIA hosted which provided an update on NVMe/TCP’s latest developments and its implications for enterprise IT. Here are four key takeaways from that presentation and how these changes will impact corporate data center Ethernet network designs.

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