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Storage keeps on keeping on

More evidence that storage is special. 

I’m not saying the storage industry is not going to be impacted by these hard times.  Pillar and others already have been.  We all will be.

But these hard times are forcing people to make hard choices.  And they are often choosing in favor of their data, which often means more storage.

Storage solutions that help people get by will remain a hot commodity.

Riverbed joins the deduplication party

It may not be as easy as it looks

Byte and Switch report that Riverbed is trying to sing a new tune.  Storage is an attractive place to grow one’s business, and deduplication is at the center of the action these days.

They’ve been very successful in WAN optimization.  Can they translate that into a core storage product? 

What’s the harder way to succeed with an innovative storage product: when it’s a business decision or when it’s a start-up dream?

Parascale’s hardware-independent Cloud Storage

The skies are getting crowded with yet another cloud formation

Parascale‘s got a new angle on the Cloud: a software-based clustered file system that can form a cloud across hardware systems from different vendors.  Their sweet spot seems to be companies that need their own internal clouds.  Here’s the release from Byte and Switch. 

DCIG wonders if companies are ready for this atmospheric responsiblity.  

I’m a bit skeptical of hardware independence, based on first-hand experience at the turn of the millenium trying to get a heterogeneous storage pooling product to fly at StorageTek.  Anyone remember the SN6000?

It’s harder to achieve than it seems.  But the value is tremendous if Parascale can pull it off.

As the number of Cloud varieties grow, I think we need a Web Meteorologist.  What’s your forecast for DIY clouds?

Cleversafe’s Storage Internet taking shape

RAIS (redundant array of independent servers) brings new ideas to “can’t lose” data concerns

Cleversafe is applying internet concepts to storage to offer unique value in the SaaS space.  It’s pretty cool – check out Byte and Switch’s take

With five partners now and three more in the wings, they seem to be making it work.  But is it really necessary?  Is the internet broken for storage?

We’ll see how they progress as they take on IBM, HP and EMC.  They see Amazon’s S3 as a potential partner rather than a competitor, with additional redundancy that might shore up S3’s infrastructure availability.

Data deduplication sales accelerating

Data Domain, Avamar and ExaGrid all report strong sales growth 


Byte and Switch profiled three separate data deduplication vendors: Data Domain, Avamar and ExaGrid. Each is having a great quarter, with sales up significantly. 

Dedupe is still young, but it’s accelerating fast into mainstream enterprise traffic.

US Army makes room for surveillance data

Video surveillance drags massive storage wherever it goes

Dot Hill’s US Army contract reported by Byte and Switch points to a big increase in data collected and exploited by the military over the next few years.  A key driver will be integration of surveillance data into battlefield and strategic decision making.

Sound familiar?  The video surveillance data tsunami that has already washed over the Gaming industry has reached the military’s shore. 

Look at video’s effect on casino storage:

  • Sixteen surveillance cameras can churn out 11 terabytes of data in 90 days – all of which must be kept on hand. 
  • Higher resolution video analytics can up that to 44 terabytes.
  • Most casinos use a lot more than sixteen cameras.

A new universal storage need

Video surveillance is racing into the mainstream as well.  This is a high growth, high capacity space to grow your storage business.

You don’t have to look far  to participate – uh, your customers?

The future of IT is in the clouds

Storage is big in Accenture’s quinquennial snapshot of IT trends 


Mary Jander at Byte and Switch talked to Accenture’s chief scientist Kishore Swaminathan about IT’s future.  He outlines eight trends driving their planning.  Lots in common with Byte and Switch’s view on storage networking trends I posted on a while back.

What do these trends mean for storage? Datacenters-as-a-service.  Per Swaminathan,

Hardware is going more and more toward scale, to the point where it won’t be economical for anyone to run a small data center.

Sounds like the future of IT resembles what’s going on inside the dataplexes of Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. today. 

IBM sniffing around Diligent

Moshe Yanai and connection makes this intriguing


Byte and Switch says IBM is looking at acquiring Diligent, which includes what was EMC’s Israeli lab.  The interesting connection is Moshe Yanai, who engineered the recent purchase of Israeli-based XIV a few months ago.

An added incentive for IBM is that they have been relatively quiet about deduplication, which is Diligent’s forte.

Update:  Storagezilla adds some color on Diligent, EMC and IBM.

Video is king

Storage demand is bucking negative trends, thanks in large part to video


Byte and Switch’s list of the hottest storage networking market segments shows a powerful trend at work.  Four out of their six hottest markets are video-intensive, demonstrating that moving pictures are the byte-hogs pushing content volume.

Video surveillance is number one on their list, forecast to be a $46 billion market in 2013.  These dollars are not all storage, but storage devices play a key enabling role in these solutions.

Entertainment (video production and distribution) is at #2, followed by Web 2.0 (including YouTube) at #3.  Sixth on the list is medical archiving, spurred by medical records heavy with hi-res patient images.

Conspicuously absent from Byte and Switch’s list is the home market.  Granted, much of this is not networked, but for the first time, consumer data has surpassed business data in volume.  Not as sexy as some of the above categories, but definitely worth considering if you’re a local provider looking to satisfy a growing need.

iSCSI’s killer app

Server virtualization is helping storage shrug off a weak economy


Byte and Switch observe that disk storage demand continues to expand, even as a recession threatens in the US economy.  They see server virtualization and specifically the SCSI storage systems supporting it as the reason.

No surprise to me.  Storage demand is limited primarily by the ability to manage it effectively.  Virtualization makes server deployment easy, and iSCSI arrays make it easy to feeding their appetite for terabytes.  Case in point: Dell’s Equallogic

VMWare has helped open the door wide for real-world server virtualization, with Microsoft eager to walk in with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

A future big spark for business storage demand will be the “top-down” mainstream technology shift driven by XIV at IBM and Hulk/Maui at EMC.