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October 9, 2012  9:50 AM

DataDirect Networks: 10 years old but maybe new to you



Posted by: Eric Slack
DataDirect Networks, Eric Slack, high performance computing (HPC), object storage, SSD, Storage Channel Pipeline

I went to an analyst event a couple of weeks ago sponsored by a storage company that many in IT may not be aware of despite that the company has been in business for more than 10 years. It is private and has yearly sales of more than $250 million and more than a thousand active customers.

June 26, 2012  11:10 AM

Sweet spots and flat spots: When do VARs look for new products to sell?



Posted by: Eric Slack
disk arrays, Eric Slack, reseller channel business development, SSD, Storage Channel Pipeline, vendor partner business issues

I had lunch with a storage integrator recently. I asked him what made his company look for new products to sell and what drove it to add vendors to its line card. He said the company is...


June 12, 2012  11:56 AM

Network-based caching appliances: Good option for critical apps, without ‘minibar pricing’



Posted by: Eric Slack
caching appliance, Eric Slack, flash caching, SSD, Storage Channel

When users need more performance for critical applications, most vendors offer SSD board upgrades to their disk systems to use as a cache or they support replacing disk drives with...


June 4, 2012  10:36 AM

All-flash arrays: High performance without complexity of caching, tiering systems



Posted by: Eric Slack
all-flash array, Eric Slack, flash, solid-state storage, SSD, Storage Channel Pipeline

In this post we’ll continue our discussion of flash implementation options by looking at


May 29, 2012  12:18 PM

Server-side flash implementation explainer



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, flash, solid-state storage, SSD, Storage Channel

In the last post we talked about how NAND flash memory devices differed from magnetic disk drive storage and the importance of


April 2, 2012  10:32 AM

Why VARs need to stay rooted in the ‘hear and now’



Posted by: Eric Slack
automated storage tiering, data loss prevention (DLP), Eric Slack, reseller channel business development, SSD, Storage Channel

As analysts we have a tendency to get ahead of the market. We talk about topics typically months or even years before real-world users actually start buying them in earnest. I was...


March 26, 2012  10:50 AM

Storage product value: You had me at why



Posted by: Eric Slack
cloud storage, Eric Slack, reseller channel business development, SSD, Storage Channel

All VARs have to provide value to their customers and make sure the customer understands that value. Assuming that a prospective client “gets it” is a classic rookie mistake that’s...


August 15, 2011  12:26 PM

Flash SSD caching solves the data placement question



Posted by: Eric Slack
caching appliances, Eric Slack, flash memory, solid-state drives, solid-state storage, SSD, Storage Channel

Flash-based solid-state storage devices are becoming a more...


May 9, 2011  4:29 PM

SSD: First the problem, then the solution



Posted by: Eric Slack
application performance, Eric Slack, SSD, Storage Channel

We think in terms of solutions; we categorize data that way. Specific answers are easier to remember than vague capabilities. For years, when IT had a performance problem, the first...


August 23, 2010  10:52 AM

SSD arrays skip the disk form-factor package



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, SSD, Storage Channel

The term “SSD” has usually been a mnemonic for “solid-state disk” drives, as in flash memory modules that are put into traditional disk drive form-factor packages. This format is perhaps the...


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