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We dove deep into our blog archive and discovered a gem from 2015, "Cloud Computing in 2020: Looking into that Crystal Ball." We got a few things right and we got a few things wrong, including the circa 2015 concept of a cloud architect being an "emerging idea." I thought it would be great to write an update on where we are now with these former predictions. We asked David Jones, GreenPages' Director of CSP Operations, to go back to the future and respond to our 2015 predictions. Read his responses (in green) below! Let's just hope Biff doesn't get his hands on this article in the past, you never know what he could do with it!
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This April we are celebrating GreenPages’ 25th anniversary. As we mark this occasion and on behalf of Team GreenPages, I want to thank our customers—the driving force behind our 25-year journey. I also want to thank our technology partners for your ongoing support and dedication to innovation and excellence.
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.