This week, Chris and Martin dig deeper into the adoption of Intel Optane technology in both the consumer and enterprise markets. Optane is a new persistent memory technology that offers greater performance and lower latency compared to NAND flash, but currently is more expensive and offers smaller capacity devices. As Optane becomes more prevalent in both markets, how is it … [Read more...] about #188 – Is Intel Optane Ready for Primetime?
This week, Martin and the two Chris's conclude their end of year discussions. This episode covers "Turkeys" of 2020, Missing in Action companies and those technologies that should be put into Storage Room 101. These are the products we never want to see darken our doors again. Finally, the team finish on a discussion of what to expect in 2021. And for your delight, here … [Read more...] about #187 – End of the Year Show 2020 – Part Two
This week, Martin and the two Chris's look back at 2020 for the highlights and lowlights of the storage industry. What's been hyped and what's been a success? Will we be travelling in 2021 and what impact has the lockdown had on 2020 sales? This episode is the first of a two parter over the next couple of weeks before we close down for the Christmas period. Elapsed Time: … [Read more...] about #186 – End of the Year Show 2020 – Part One
This week Chris and Martin debate the future of on-premises storage infrastructure companies in light of announcements and events from IBM, Dell and NetApp. IBM is splitting in two, while Dell and NetApp have recently held virtual versions of their annual conferences. Is the on-premises infrastructure business shrinking and becoming too low-margin to be worthwhile? Martin … [Read more...] about #181 – Is There a Future for Storage Infrastructure Companies?
This week Chris and Martin look at SmartNIC technology and the announcement of Project Monterey. SmartNICs are offload devices that provide networking, storage and security functions with additional benefits such as centralised management. VMware has announced Project Monterey, a preview solution that takes SmartNICs and offloads storage and networking tasks from the ESXi … [Read more...] about #177 – SmartNICs and Project Monterey
This week, Martin and Chris catch up with Chris Mellor in his "pandemic infused isolation". Without a particular theme, this episode looks at the unchanging landscape of tape and media, Dell EMC building another new storage platform and Nutanix still not making a profit. In the future zone, we speculate on AMD and Micron getting together to build an Optane challenger, the … [Read more...] about #176 – Opinionated Storage Opinions with Chris Mellor
This week, Chris and Martin debate whether we have seen the end of new "pure play" storage companies that go the distance to full independence. Where there used to be many businesses like EMC, Pure Storage and NetApp, the number of public storage-only companies is dwindling. Is this market too challenging to get into or is there simply no money to be made? If we look back … [Read more...] about #170 – The End of Pure Play Storage Companies
This week Chris and Martin review the idea of storage unicorns, companies that have a valuation of one billion dollars or more. What exactly is the basis or justification for a billion dollar price tag? Is this something invented by the VC industry or is there a real degree of science behind the assumptions? The list in question comes from a Blocks & Files article … [Read more...] about #168 – Storage Unicorns
As we head towards week 4 of lockdown in the UK, Chris and Martin reflect on the personal changes in their daily routines, as well as the implications on businesses. This has been a time for dusting off old skills (like DNS/DHCP configurations) and finding new uses for Raspberry Pis and Arduinos. Working from home has placed significant focus on Zoom, where the attack vector … [Read more...] about #153 – Post Pandemic Storage Efficiencies
File systems provide structure and a way to store data on computer systems. From the early days of FAT and NTFS, we now see a proliferation of file systems in the enterprise. Why do we have so many and what benefits do they offer? In this episode, Chris and Martin look at the evolution of the file system and why solutions have been developed to meet specific application … [Read more...] about #150 – Myriad File Systems