HPE acquires Simplivity & Nimble: what’s next?
Mar13

HPE acquires Simplivity & Nimble: what’s next?

Probably you all heard already about the recent acquisitions of Simplivity and Nimble by HPE. Many articles are already written about this topic (here, here and here) so I am not gonna repeat the old news. However, there is 1 big question that remains (and where HPE is not (yet) showing its long-term vision yet) is: what’s next? Is MSA dead? StoreVirtual maybe? Is Nimble replacing 3PAR? What about the software-defined storage stack in...

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HP CS200-HC hands-on: Can HP deploy a complete VMware environment in less than 15 minutes?
May04

HP CS200-HC hands-on: Can HP deploy a complete VMware environment in less than 15 minutes?

Yes they can apparently… Find the proof below. A few months ago I wrote already about the release of the HP StoreVirtual CS200-HC (what’s in a name?) hyper-converged system that combines 4 servers and with shared storage (SAN) in a single 2U box. I received 3 of these systems from HP to organize some training sessions for my customer TechData in Belgium on this new style of IT (according to HP). First session was a success,...

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The good, the bad and the ugly about Software Defined Storage
Nov07

The good, the bad and the ugly about Software Defined Storage

You probably know that I am a big fan of Software Defined Storage. And I am not the only one apparently. I see more and more implementations in production in small, medium and even large-sized companies who adopt Software Defined Storage. All of the most important storage vendors have some kind of SDS (Software Defined Storage) solution and also other IT leaders like VMware and Nutanix integrate SDS functionality in their products as...

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HP StoreVirtual NetworkRAID explained
Apr29

HP StoreVirtual NetworkRAID explained

Since HP decided to deliver a free 1TB version of the StoreVirtual VSA with (almost) every HP Proliant Gen8 server, I notice that more and more of my customers are interested in ‘Lefthand’ storage. The fact that I tell them that my VSA based SAN volumes in my home lab/datacenter has an uptime of 4,5 years now also helps them to get started with this IMHO powerfull storage platform. So the last months I had to explain quite often what...

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