Interpreting Cloud Company Strategy

We’ve all seen the AWS numbers now, and hopefully looked at them in a bit more detail than just the headlines. I’ve written about cloud economics before, so let’s revisit things a little. The AWS business is apparently a roughly $6bn-a-year revenue business. That’s all external revenue from customers, not… Read More

How to Migrate a VM from VirtualBox 4.3 to VMware Workstation 11

This piece of extremely specific Howto information is brought to you courtesy of my #vExpert trial license for VMware Workstation 11. I think Workstation was my first experience with VMware, back in the 2.x days. That or I was using vmware-server v1.x as a desktop virtualisation thing, as well as… Read More

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: Commvault

What a difference 18 months makes. I last reviewed Commvault for Tech Field Day 9 in June 2013 in a series of posts. My post-TFD9 review focused on their new-at-the-time Sympana 10 release, but prior to the event, I did some old-fashioned financial analysis, since they’re a public company and… Read More