HDS and Hitachi

A while ago I posted an article demystifying the relationship between HP and Hitachi – in particular the Engineering Agreement that HP have in relation to the StorageWorks XP line of arrays.  So…. as a follow-on I thought I’d do something similar, this time on the relationship between HDS and Hitachi. To help with this I spoke with Roberto Basilio at HDS.  Roberto heads up Product Management for Platforms and knows a thing or two about how HDS fits into the larger Hitachi organisation.  Oh and he knows plenty about the HDS product line-up…

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Rack Area Networking: IOV

The following is reposted from my new blog site http://blog.nigelpoulton.com  As a result, comments are disabled on this site, but feel free to visit my new site and leave a comment. Thanks to Snig for allowing me to post here for a short transition period… One of the key technologies or principles in Rack Area Networking (RAN) is I/O Virtualisation (IOV).  In fact, IOV is about to rock the world of physical server and Hypervisor design. If you work deploying VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer etc or if you have anything to do with the so…

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RAN: Rack Area Networking

The following is reposted from my new blog site http://blog.nigelpoulton.com  As a result, comments are disabled on this site, but feel free to visit my new site and leave a comment. Thanks to Snig for allowing me to post here for a short transition period… Ever heard of a Rack Area Network? The term, as well as the concept, of Rack Area Networking is one I’m hearing more and more often.  As a result of this, as well as the fact that I’m convinced this is going to be one…

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HP and Hitachi

If you ever want to get up the nose of an HP bod, a sure-fire way is to tell them that the XP is just an OEM’d HDS array. Such a slur insult comment is almost guaranteed to make the blood of any true-blue HP employee boil.  Once their pulse has slowed back down and the veins in their necks have returned to normal, you will likely get the a response that includes the following three remarks - HP has nothing whatsoever to do with HDS Very specific, over-emphasised and repeated mention of Hitachi Ltd, Japan Reference…

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Xsigo - Try it out, I dare you!

UPDATED 19/11/09 minor corrections/clarifications in purple: OK, if you don’t already know Xsigo Systems, and what they do, then you are seriously missing out!   The way that I see it, Xsigo (pronounced “see-go”) are of particular interest for two reasons - Firstly, they are playing in the steaming hotbed that is the I/O consolidation and virtualisation space.  This area of Data Center computing is probably experiencing its biggest period of change and upheaval since the birth of Local Area Networking.  Also, the I/O subsystems of modern servers and…

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day

Im very fortunate to be one of the people invited to the first ever GestaltIT Tech Field Day and its going to be great.  This is a short post but I think worthwhile so please read onWhat the H*!! is this GestaltIT Tech Field Day thing?The crux of the event is this - taking a handful of bloggers and a handful of smaller vendors, locking them in the same room for two days with only blogging and tweeting as their connection to the outside world………. And seeing who comes out alive!Presentations will be given, demos will be done…

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Video: Arista Networks and technology talk

While at SNW Europe I had the opportunity to visit the Arista Networks booth with my video camera in hand, and the guys on booth duty were good enough to allow me to shoot some footage while we talked about their products.Enjoy the video and then feel free to comment on my thoughts below - First up, Arista is start-up networking company, and like all networking companies…….. they have Cisco in their crosshairs. Although low cost seems to be their trump card, to be fair to Arista they are also touting performance as another key advantage. …

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Tech pictures from SNW Europe

Here are some tech related photos I took at the recent SNW Europe in Frankfurt Germany.In my opinion the show was a real success with over 1,500 attendees, of which over 1,100 were end users and reseller delegates and the remainder made up of general riff-raff such as vendors, press and the likes….One of the things I like to see at shows like these is hardware.  What can I say, Im just the kind of guy that gets a kick out of seeing hardware.  So for the rest of you out there like me – sit back…

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