NetApp SolidFire HCI – Scale what you want, when you want

Mike Preston is less concerned whether NetApp’s recently announced hyperconverged infrastructure solution is “true” HCI as much as he cares if their blend of software and hardware can help him solve problems. To that effect, Mike gives his thoughts on the overall solution. He found the solutions uniquely scalable, which when combined with SolidFire QoS and “automation sauce” makes for an intriguing offering, no matter how you classify it.


Highlights from My First VMworld

Make sure to checkout Becky Elliott’s post detailing her highlights from her first VMworld. The event can be an overwhelming experience even for seasoned vets, but Becky came through the experience excited to do homework based on the sessions attended and, most importantly, a Tech Field Day delegate!


Tech Field Day Extra – Kingston Technologies

Matt Crape shares his thoughts from Kingston’s presentation at Tech Field Day Extra from this year’s VMworld US. The company focused on its NVMe storage offerings, specifically their new DCP1000 and DCU1000, which offer up to 4TB of NVMe in either a PCIe or U.2 format. Both supply a lot of IOPS, and Kingston provisions them with 28% extra capacity to provide wear durability. Matt sees them being really valuable in video rendering and other large processing applications.


Kingston’s NVMe Line-up Is The Life Of The Party

At Kingston’s Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld, they showed off what the company is doing with NVMe. They reminded the delegates that NVMe isn’t a new type of media, but rather a protocol, one with radical simpler calls than something like SATA. Dan Frith was impressed by the speeds and various form factors the versatile protocol inhabits.


Druva Is Useful, And Modern

Druva recently previewed their Druva Cloud Platform at a Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld. Dan Frith thinks it’s an interesting combination of their Phoenix and inSync products into a single platform. The platform’s strength lies in its predictable cost model to customer and source side global deduplication.


Netapp‘s SolidFire HCI Overview

Roger Lund reviews NetApp’s presentation from Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld. At the event, they went into a deep dive of their new hyperconverged infrastructure solution, which gives organizations simple provisioning while allowing them to scale compute and storage independently.


NVMe to enable truly composable infrastructure?

After seeing Kingston’s Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld, Keith Townsend reconsiders composable infrastructure. Kingston presented that the reduced protocols required by NVMe vs SATA makes for a much more efficient model of this emerging computing infrastructure.


The Thing About NetApp HCI Is …

NetApp went into details on their new hyperconverged infrastructure offering during their Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld. Dan Frith gives his thought on their entrant into this crowded market. He doesn’t bother with the semantics of whether this is “true” HCI. Instead he notes that NetApp impressively builds on their SolidFire storage solution to build an offering that offers the ability to scale compute and storage independently with easy provisioning expected from HCI.