Category Archives: storage

Notes from EMC World 2013 – ViPR Launch

Two and a half years at EMC and due to a combination of the bad timing of my start date at EMC and the arrival of my second daughter, this is my first visit to EMC’s global partner and customer event, EMC World. Obviously, I’ve been to technology conferences before, VMworld Europe and Structure in the last couple of years, but EMC World has very different feel to it. I… Read More »

VMAX SP – Block-Storage-as-a-Service

Big announcement today. EMC will deliver a derivative of it’s Enterprise block storage platform, the VMAX, that is designed specifically for Service Provider customers. This has been announced in a release today, with more details to follow at EMC World next week, with general availability expected in Q3 this year. I’ve been lucky enough to have been responsible for identifying the first customer, Colt Technology Services here in Europe, for… Read More »

Storage as a Service: Part 2: Block Storage

This is the second in a series of posts covering the evolution of Service Provider provided storage services and the underlying technology that supports them. The first post was about Object Storage Services and their place in an overall storage architecture. In this post I’m going to cover Block Storage Services and their typical use cases and deployment models within Service Providers. Let’s start with a quick introduction to block storage. In… Read More »

Storage as a Service: Part 1: Object Storage Services

I’ve been doing some work on a plan to refresh and enhance the storage platforms used by a pan-European managed IT and cloud Service Provider over the last week. I thought it might be useful to put some of my thoughts down in a quick post and share where this SP is heading directionally, and where I think the market will move over the next year to 18 months. I… Read More »