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October 15, 2013



Chuck - interesting discussion as always. A piece that you leave out is that companies like Facebook and Google run servers as storage at massive scale. In the software-only solution set, Ceph and Gluster are other technologies that come to mind that have potential in this space. Software-only solutions can be a difficult sell to enterprise IT shops which more comfortable consuming fully designed solutions (like the various converged infrastructure offerings or even storage like Coho that you mentioned). Definitely expect to hear much more about this in the coming years.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Stu -- good to hear from you as always!

I purposely excluded the web giants (FB, Google, NetFlix, et. al.) as their business models are quite unique, and usually irrelevant to the majority of enterprise IT settings.

The open source offerings have been around for a while, but haven't exactly caught the attention of the enterprise crowd for a variety of reasons.

I think there's room in the market for both software-only as well as software-hardware storage solutions.

Interesting times, indeed.


Nutanix and Simplivity. A case could be made for PernixData although that is more storage accelerations

Chuck Hollis

John -- while both are interesting, neither are pure storage, and neither is hardware agnostic.

Jamie Shepard

Chuck, once again I could not agree more with you. In fact we have begun to take this endeavor on with regards to our approach to "hyper-converged" infrastructure. This past week I personally met with the Founder of ScaleIO and we got into massive parallelism workload discussions. The web giant apps do not apply here as you say. ScaleIO is appropriately named as it can scale to thousands of nodes over the Nutanix, Simplivity type of solutions. VSAN also has a 32 node limit. Seanodes from France is making some good headway into the applications space with Oracle and others. They have been integrated with VMW since late 2007 and came out for HPC uses cases. Their model of reclaiming poorly used disk on servers and realigning them into Linux cluster or pools of disk is what the industry it looking to do more with. I see CISCO as the new storage company. UCS platform is now a very powerful story and has made is way into mainstream enterprises for all the right reasons. Whiptail acquistion is more that what is being written today. ScaleIO/UCS should be an incredibly powerful option for enterprise storage admins to bring to the meeting, I know I will be in those meetings

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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