Hybrid cloud thingies, new media and everything is software-defined: Storage reinvents itself

Mainstream arrays go away, other appear Like a modern city, storage keeps on growing and becoming more complicated Storage year in review, part 2 The foundation-shaking changes in storage media in 2015 were paralleled, if not exceeded, by the massive perturbations at all levels in the systems, suppliers and applications areas. EMC is fleeing into the arms of Dell, there were acquisitions and splits, activist investors, startups galore, and death and near-death experiences, as well as a miraculous recovery. The constant background theme was the general fall in mainstream array and supplier revenues with a constant flow of new arrays by newer suppliers as they all struggled to make the best use of flash media. We’ll take a gander at the 2015 storage systems area here, and review what happened with suppliers in a third episode of our 2015 storage review. Storage systems At the high-end enterprise end of the array scale there was a wholesale array refresh with new EMC VMAX, IBM DS8800, HDS VSP, HP 3PARs and a Huawei 18000 . Moshe Yanai’s do-it-again startup Infinidat strode into the world and introduced its InfiniBox with a staggering seven ‘nines’ availability (99.99999 per cent uptime), unified file and block facilities. IBM DS8880 Progress so far seems uninterrupted and Infinidat looks set to become a fixture and capture share from other suppliers. In the mid-range area everyone updated products, generally adding hybrid cloud thingies, new media support and better data protection, management and nods to in-array analytics. There was a huge emphasis on software-defined storage with software-only suppliers such as DataCore, FalconStor and Nexenta fighting it out with SW-defined storage from hardware suppliers asserting their arrays were software-defined too, in the latest version of marketing hype. For simplicity, software-defined means sold free of hardware lock-in and software-based means sold […]