StorMagic and Enterprise SMB

Quite a lot has happened for StorMagic since presenting at Virtualization Field Day 4. They’ve had plenty of good coverage from my fellow VFD4 delegates, and I highly recommend you go and read their perspectives: Jeff Wilson has a conversation with himself about StorMagic. Marco Broeken compares VMware VSAN to… Read More

VFD4 Prep: Scale Computing

I first met Scale Computing at Storage Field Day 5, and I was impressed. Their gear is ideally suited for small- to mid-size companies, often without oodles of bandwidth to the Internet to use cloud based services, and with on-site systems that need to be controlled, like manufacturers. The HC3x… Read More

VFD4 Prep: SimpliVity

SimpliVity make a series of “hyper-convered” arrays. The devices are a mix of commodity CPU, RAM, and storage in a single OmniCube with a special bit of custom hardware: a PCIe card dubbed the OmniCube Accelerator. This custom hardware offloads the high-overhead calculations required for things like compression and de-duplication… Read More

VFD4 Prep: StorMagic

StorMagic make a Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) storage product called SvSAN that provides an iSCSI virtual SAN appliance (VSA) as a Linux virtual machine. It works as a 2-node synchronously mirrored cluster of VMs that provide storage services. There are some excellent blogs on the details, such as this one… Read More

Announcement: I’m Going to VFD4!

I get to go to another Tech Field Day event! Yay! <glee mode> Stephen, Tom, Claire and the crew have kindly invited me to attend Virtualization Field Day 4 in Austin, TX in January 2015. The invitations only just went out, so the details are still coming through about who… Read More

NTAPInsight with Clarence the Horse

Those who follow me on Twitter were treated to the perspective of my new travelling companion, Blue Cow, during my trip to VeeamON. This week, I continue the tradition. Alas, Blue Cow was not allowed to join me, so Clarence the horse has come with me instead. Clarence is a… Read More