X-IO and Hardware Defined Storage

In a world that’s gone software-defined mad, X-IO Storage are a refreshingly honest company seemingly devoid of hype. They make storage hardware, and specialised hardware at that. For the software-defined cheer-squad, this might sound like madness, but it’s not. First of all, software has to run on something, and that … Read More

SFD5 Prep Work: Scale Computing

Scale sell a converged platform: compute and storage in pizza boxes that glom together to make a cluster of 3 to 8 nodes, like Voltron. It’s based on KVM, with proprietary bits added into the mix. Scale make a big deal about “no licensing” or, as they call it, a … Read More

SFD5 Prep Work: SolidFire

I had a lot of trouble figuring out what SolidFire’s architecture looks like conceptually. I had to read a bunch of different whitepapers and ‘reference architecture’ documents on their website that were pretty light on the conceptual detail, but had plenty of configuration file examples and other gritty detail that … Read More

SFD5 Prep-work: PernixData

PernixData sell storage cache software, essentially. Their Flash Virtualization Platform, or FVP, is a software shim that sits between the Hypervisor (VMware only, according to their datasheet [PDF]) and the SAN (block only, so FC, FCoE or iSCSI attached, no NFS or SMB). It uses server-side flash to hold the … Read More

SFD5 Prep Work: Sandisk

Flash Prices 2007-2010

Sandisk are the other public company presenting at Storage Field. Their financial statements tell a very different story from those of EMC that we discussed previously. Check this out: That’s a pretty bumpy ride through the GFC. Here’s what it did for investors, in terms of Return on Equity: Ouch. … Read More