Category Archives: Storage Systems

Will Cisco enter the server business?

Servers would give them the third leg of the data center “stool”


Chris Mellor interpreted Cisco’s recent body language around servers.  Will they jump into the server business? 

It’s not that much of a stretch.  It’s only fair, as HP and others don’t shy away from dabbling in Cisco’s networking space. 

And Cisco has already crossed into the storage realm.

Used to be that IT was all about processing.  Today servers, storage and networking are the three legs of the data center stool.  They’re the Mind, Stomach and Voice of the digital body of business.

The smartest of the big players in all three spaces will look for ways to corner them all.


HP moves to 300GB SAS

75% less power and 70% less space than 3.5″ drives


HP’s making the move to 300GB 2.5″ SAS drives.  The Seagate-built drive is twice the capacity of previous 2.5″ SAS drives.  HP began shipping the Savvio 10K 300GB SAS drive worldwide to resellers this week.

This is another step in the rapid enterprise storage form factor transition underway.  2.5″ is mainstream for datacenters  starting now.

Cisco takes on the video tsunami

Cisco’s medianet will transport the content, but who will store it?


Cisco’s medianet initiative is a network response to the video-rich world that is evolving at break-neck speed. 

I’ve posted on this trend frequently because the effect on storage surpasses the network transformation Cisco sees coming. 

Cisco will be temporarily touching the bytes of content as they move around, but where will they come to rest? The storage industry will need to step up to the plate to ensure this wave of new content has a place to land.

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.

SSD cuts processing costs six-fold

Solid state drives shine in the company of disk drives


SSDs are crazy fast but very expensive.  Compared to SSDs, disk drives seem slow – but are very affordable.  Which should you use?

Digitar’s experience shows the magic of blending the two technologies in an enterprise system.  System speed resembles the SSD, while system cost looks more like the disk drive.  Processing cost dropped from $6 per IOPS for disk only to $1 per IOPS in their blended system. 

A little flash thoughtfully placed goes a long way.

IQstor squeezes 52 TB in 4U

An up-and-comer for the data-rich crowd?


Chris Meiller over at The Register highlights IQstor’s new storage array, the IQ5200.  52 1 TB drives in 4U.  That compares favorably with the Equallogic PS5500’s 48 drives in the same space. 

First to qualify 1.5 terabyte drives in these boxes wins the next capacity density crown.

IQStore has been a quiet small OEM supplier up to now.  If the IQ5200 pans out in terms of reliability and performance, that may be changing.

2nd Tier Storage Vendors 1, Recession 0

Counter-cyclical trends boost “value” storage companies now and later


My buddy in Sales is seeing an interesting trend.  Some second-Tier storage vendors are doing relatively well right now, as long as some amount of credit remains available for them.  Sales are holding steady, even increasing.

Why is that?  Their customers don’t have money to spend of course, but their data continues to grow.  They have to do something, so they’re foregoing expensive and service-contract-laden storage from the top Acronym vendors for cheaper storage systems that get them over the hump.

It makes sense if you think about it.  McDonald’s is reaping a minor windfall right now from diners foregoing sit-down restaurants.  People have to eat somewhere.

This could become more than a cyclical setback for the Big Guys if customers develop a taste for storage fast food.