EMC Storage

An interesting view from two years ago…


Data growth – IDC believes that the Digital Universe will grow by 44 times that of 2009 by 2020. IBM estimates that data and content is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 64% a year or more. (Zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes).”

Source: IDC Digital Universe Study, sponsored by EMC, May 2010.

EMC HP NetApp Storage

Gartners Magic Quadrant – “Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays.”


Gartner is an independent provider of IT and research advice, Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays assesses storage vendors on their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”  Placing the candidates into one of the four quadrants each representing different definitions.

So what does this mean?

  • Leaders execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow.
  • Visionaries understand where the market is going or have a vision for changing market rules, but do not yet execute well.
  • Niche Players focus successfully on a small segment, or are unfocused and do not out-innovate or outperform others.
  • Challengers execute well today or may dominate a large segment, but do not demonstrate an understanding of market direction.

And to be selected, the vendor must meet the following criteria:

  • The vendor must have midrange and high-end modular disk array storage systems commercially available and have active references that are using them in production scenarios.
  • The vendor must generate at least $25 million in annual midrange and high-end modular disk array hardware revenue.
  • The vendor must actively market its branded midrange and high-end modular disk array products in at least two major regions (for example, North America and EMEA, or Japan and Asia/Pacific).
  • The vendor must sell its branded midrange and high-end modular disk array products to user organizations via its direct sales force or through a reseller partnership sales channel.

from http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/research_mq.jsp

From an HP perspective –  Gartner included the following HP Storage solutions:

  • HP 3PAR
  • HP LeftHand
  • HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA)

So let’s dissect this and see what changes have occurred since the last period.

Certainly, there has been massive movement shown in this graph , EMC and NetApp’s gap closed slightly and HP’s ability to execute position increased dramtically as did its position in the visionaries quadrant, this is no doubt due to the acquiring, development and rise of it’s 3PAR platform.
There hasnt been much movement from HDS, Dell seems to have taken a sideways step in some ways, IBM remains static since the last period. Its hard to really say who really leads in this view,  NetApp and EMC are  “Leaders” and are performing or executing really efficiently  however HP are also leaders and appear to have a better understanding of the market and where it is going.















I look forward to the 2012 version of this research release, it surely shows there is a healthy competitive environment for this area of technology. Well done to the leading four storage Vendors – EMC, NetApp, HP and IBM.



HP DCT Cloud training – a “look” into what Data Centre Transformation is and where it sits in the journey to cloud.

busy…….Please hold…. Life is very busy right not. post to come

Performance VMWare

vBenchmark – A Quick look

What is vBenchmark?

vBenchmark is a tool from VMware and is a simple to use tool that measures VMware virtual environments looking into how much physical RAM you are saving by virtualising your servers, provision time for a server, what is HA, storage v-motion, v-motion doing for you from a downtime savings perspective.

It can obtain performance metrics across one or multiple vCenter servers


What can it do for me?

It can give you a view of what going virtual as a business decision is doing for you, it is good for justifying the decision to move to a virtualised environment – cost savings on hardware is the first and most prominent benefit that virtualisation can offer not to mention the green factor. vBenchmark gives you figures\statistics from a resources and business perspective.


 What does it look like?

I set vBenchmark up on my laptop as a virtual machine to take a look at the interface. Whilst my laptop isn’t the most performance system around, it did give me ability to gain an overview of the tool.


The Console


The web interface

Where can I get it from



Overall, a very useful tool provided you have historical data in your VCDB to populate it.  It works brilliantly and can assist in trending\future proofing your virtual environment.

Virtualization VMWare

VMware vSphere 5.0 Whitepapers

I was sending these links to a VMware vSphere 5 newcomer as they give great overviews of some of the new features in vSphere 5.0, thought it would save some time for folk collating the same.



What’s New in vSphere 5.0

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: VMware vCenter

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: Platform Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: Performance Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: Networking Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: Storage Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0: Availability Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware Data Recovery 2.0 Technical Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 Technical Whitepaper

What’s New in VMware vCloud Director 1.5 Technical Whitepaper

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Technical Whitepaper