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Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage: A Battle of All-Flash Arrays

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Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage: A Battle of All-Flash Arrays

Nimble Storage announced their All Flash Array in February, the AFA3000/5000/7000/9000 series, and the Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage fight is on. Pure Storage has been out in front of the all flash array (AFA) market for some time now, a position that has energized EMC and pressured all the competitors to match price or features or a combination of both. The field has been crowded, but many have fallen to the back of the pack, and to continue the NASCAR analogy, many will spin out, crash, run out of fuel or just plain finish last. XtremIO from EMC has come on stronger than any other vendor, and the FUD has been flying back and forth like trash talk at a prize fight. SolidFire was bought by NetApp, another step along a confusing product strategy path from the parent company. Pure arguably still owns the market, but questions have come up concerning profitability – is Pure winning the deals but losing money? Not according to them. Nimble Storage has dominated the Hybrid Flash Array market since it hit the market and has had enviable success until just very recently, where EMC came out swinging and delivered some body blows with THEIR “win at all costs” strategy, trying undercut Nimble in a no-compromise strategy that fended off Nimble’s growth into the Enterprise market. Not my conclusion…the finance analysts’. Competitor Strengths Nimble’s strength has been providing flash performance at a hard drive price, and that value has been proven over and over in the last five years. Great support, a great product and a great channel strategy has made them a terrific partner in the datacenter market and created a lot of happy customers. Nimble Storage has shown market leadership in their cloud based analytics and reporting solution, Infosight, which is free to all owners of Nimble Storage. Nimble Storage is Scale Out and Scale Up, which isn’t offered by anyone else in this market. This means that you can add storage shelves to expand capacity, or buy another Controller pair to add processing capability to create one virtual array. (NetApp can do it, but it isn’t really the same kind of scaling and is expensive, complicated and has not had widespread adoption.) Nimble’s other value points have been: all software included, easy to use, great support and user community. Their reliability is nearly six nines, unheard of except perhaps with the enterprise storage systems such as VMAX and Hitachi – 99.9997% - as reported in Infosight! Pure’s main value to the market has been first-to-market with a viable, reliable and affordable (relatively) all flash array storage system. Pure Storage also has some common value points: fantastic performance, very easy to use, all software included, great support and user community. They, also, can boast very high reliability numbers. 

Tech News Recap for the Week of 3/21/2016

Were you busy this week? Here’s a tech news recap of articles you may have missed for the week of 3/21/2016!

VMware Announces General Availability of Horizon 7

Yesterday, VMware announced the general availability of VMware Horizon 7. There are a number of new capabilities that are worth catching up on. According to our CTO Chris Ward, the biggest one is Instant Clone, which is a big architectural change vs. having to use View composer. A few other changes that VMware highlights are:

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INTRODUCTION: An image post uses a visual element as the centerpiece of your post, such as a SlideShare presentation, infographic, comic, or high-resolution images. Use your introduction to provide a caption for your image(s). Why is it valuable? What’s the point? Image posts don’t require a lot of text, so choose your words wisely. Here are some examples of how we use Visual blog posts here at HubSpot: A Visual History of Google Algorithm Changes [Infographic] Can a Career in B2B Marketing Be Fulfilling? [SlideShare] A Sampling of the Sexiest Business Blogs on the Internet

Tech News Recap for the Week of 3/14/2016

Were you busy this week? Here’s a tech news recap of articles you may have missed for the week of 3/14/2016!

Frankly Speaking: IT Execs on Moving to Managed Services: Strategies, Curveballs, Results

We're excited to announce that we'll be hosting a managed services webinar on March 31st at 11am ET. Instead of a GreenPages presenter, we're switching up the format and will be interviewing two IT executives. Our first panelist will be Darrell Bodnar, the Director of Information Services at Weeks Medical Center. The second panelist is going to be Dave Widener, the Director of IT & Project Management at Dead River Company.  The conversation will be moderated by Geoff Smith, GreenPages' Director, Managed Services Business Development. The main topics will be around Darrell & Dave's experience using Managed Services. There will be live Q&A with the panelists as well.

VMware NSX and Cisco ACI: NSX Now Supported on ACI

Last year, a common question we were getting from clients was if they should be using NSX or ACI. My opinion was that Cisco ACI quite well complimented the feature sets of VMware NSX and that one could really support the other.

Tech News Recap for the Week of 3/7/2016

Were you busy this week? Here’s a tech news recap of articles you may have missed for the week of 3/7/2016! A type of malware that locks computer files and demands a fee for their release has successfully targeted Apple computers. A suspected Bush family hacker is being extradited to the US. Cisco announced its Cloud Native Platform is coming next month. The crowd at Levi Stadium for the Super Bowl set a single-day Wi-Fi record. Flash storage hype is becoming reality, cyber-crooks now prefer ransomware to botnets, and more top news from this week! 

Tech News Recap for the Week of 2/29/2016

Were you busy this week? Here’s a tech news recap of articles you may have missed for the week of 2/29/2016! Interesting statistics were released in the 2016 State of IT report. UC Berkeley made its 3rd data breach disclosure in the past 15 months. The EU has approved the Dell buyout of EMC. Cisco has aquired cloud management startup CliQr for $260 million to bolster its software defined networking strategy. At the RSA conference, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discussed executive changes at VMware, implications of the Dell-EMC merger, and his focus around security. Microsoft continues to support Apple against the FBI, The US Department of Defense is searching for hackers to find and fix security vulnerabilities in its system, and more top news from this week! 

Azure Site Recovery: 4 Things You Need to Know

Disaster recovery has traditionally been a complex and expensive proposition for many organizations. Many have chosen to rely on backups of data as the method of disaster recovery. This approach is cost effective, however, it can result in extended downtime during a disaster while new servers are provisioned (referred to as Recovery Time Objective or RTO) and potentially large data loss of information created from the time of the backup the time of the failure (referred to as Recovery Point Objective). In the worst case scenario, these backups are not viable at all and there is a total loss. For those who have looked into more advanced disaster recovery models, the complexity and costs of such a system quickly add up. Azure Site Recovery helps bring disaster recovery to all companies in four key ways.   Azure Site Recovery makes disaster recovery easy by delivering it as a cloud hosted service The Azure Site Recovery lives within the Microsoft cloud and is controlled and configured through the Azure Management Portal. There is no requirement to patch or maintain servers; it’s disaster recovery orchestration as a service. Using Site Recovery does not require that you use Azure as the destination of replication. It can protect your workloads between 2 company-owned sites. For example, if you have a branch office and a home office that both run VMware or Hyper-V, you can use Azure Site Recovery to replicate, protect and fail over workloads between your existing sites. It also has the optional function of being able to replicate data directly to Azure which can be used to avoid the expense and complexity of building and maintaining a disaster recovery site. 

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