EMC Merger – Clarrion powered inkjets

Up and down the web we are seeing posts like this one at The Register talking about EMC and HP possibly merging to create some kind of super behemoth mega IT company – really!

67 year old Joe Tucci is set to retire, after 13 years as head of mega storage company EMC and all of a sudden they are talking to HP, that doesn’t make any sense to me.  Some punters are saying talks have been going on for 12 months, so before Tucci was going to retire last time. Is that why he held out?

HP are a full stack provider. The have compute, network and storage already. HP has invested millions in acquiring new technologies like LeftHand and 3Par to replace their dying EVA brand so why would they look at EMC? Thats right they don’t have a hypervisor.

Quite simply they want VMWare.

Lets face it HP don’t need another storage company. EMC could do with a compute and network company though – CISCO would make more sense or even building out with Lenovo and maybe Brocade – they are two partial stack vendors in need of completing the family.

Other talks are that Dell wants some of the company, they used to OEM EMC which they did well in before making the poor decision to invest in EqualLogic the fledgling iSCSI only array.

So how long do we have to wait before the magpies pick EMC apart after Tucci retires, or will he simply not retire again as was the case last time he we set to retire.

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Storage Management – It should be easy

As a storage administrator your looking for a tool that can make your life as easy as possible right?

What do you want to know?

  • State of the controller
  • Capacity and how full it is
  • Latency
  • IOPS and Bandwidth

Those are “at a glance” features that are important to you.


From the Dashboard you want to be able to drill into your other data services in a single tool, not spanning multiple tools.

The Pure Storage management suite is simple, elegant and easy to use. It is based on an HTML5 interface so you no longer have to be concerned about versioning your JAVA and it runs directly off the array management IP network – how simple is that.

When you want to add a host or volume its as simple as going to the storage tab and clicking the + simple by hosts or volumes and you can create single or multiples of each.

host Volume

Protection groups for snapshots and replication is just as simple.  No need to add complicated text based management files.

If you want to perform a snapshot, select the volume and select snap – give it an optional prefix. If you want to recover that snapshot select the snapshot and gear icon to recover to the same location, delete, destroy, rename or even recover as a writable clone to an alternate host. Its that simple. On that note if you want to delete a snap go for it. You can always recover it if your within  24 hours before it gets purged and it isn’t linked in anyway to other snaps so you can delete one without impacting others. Awesome and simple.

By default the controller keeps 12 months of data, so you can within the same tool go back and analyse data from 12 months ago if your trouble shooting a problem.

Its simple, intuitive and easy to use.

XtremeIOMG – The first time I have seen a Tier1 Storage Vendor get SMASHED

As pointed out previously I have been in the storage game a while now. Like it or not bad things happen and like it or not they very rarely see the public eye.

This is the first time I have seen a Tier 1 Storage Vendor get SMASHED and you have to ask yourself why??

The back channel of this is that an EMC customer Andrew Dauncey blogged recently that he was surprised (and quite rightly so) that he had to do a disruptive/destructive upgrade from 2.x to 2.x of XIOS the XTremIO operating environment.

It is most definitely not normal behaviour to see such public blogs of this nature and it has gone viral.

Was it because The Register picked up on this article and published it, or was it simply the amount of people that follow Andrew.

I say we should be more open, if there is an issue get it out there. Lets not wait for a syndication to pick up on it. Storage affects so many things and it is not ok to mislead your customer base, especially for Tier 0 or Tier 1 enterprises but not for any reason.

See blog posts from Nigel Poultan, Vaughan Stewart and others linked to Andrews  site.


And so it begins

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away I started doing storage so I felt its about time I started to talk about it as I am not shy on offering my opinion.

In the past 7 weeks I have moved to Pure Storage, a “startup” preparing to be the biggest thing in storage since my previous company NetApp.

I’m incredibly excited by the opportunity as Flash based storage is a $50Bn opportunity and Pure is poised to take the market by storm – hence the #OrangeArmy.