How to plan, manage, and optimize enterprise storage to keep up with the data deluge. Violin Systems LLC today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with X-IO Technologies to acquire X-IO Storage, the division of X-IO Technologies that developed the Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) flash and hybrid storage array product lines. They expect the asset acquisition to close within 30 days. Violin Systems, maker of extremely high performance flash arrays, is buying the ISE division of X-IO, maker of cost-effective enterprise storage, to broaden the company's customer base, and to integrate Violin's performance with the ISE's efficient deduplication technology, proactive monitoring, industry-leading 5 year warranty, and cost-effective packaging. The goal is to offer Tier 0 performance at Tier 1 storage costs.
Pure Storage has been an unlikely leader in the storage industry. It came out of seemingly nowhere, introducing the industry to the power of all-flash arrays. IT shops responded and began adopting Pure Storage's all-flash solutions into their performance applications. The entire storage industry scrambled to respond to the threat of all-flash arrays, and over just the past two years, all-flash arrays have become a standard part of every vendor's catalog. This industry is littered with stories of one-hit wonders who drive new technology into the market, only to be stomped upon and demolished.
Optical discs like Blu-ray are losing favor, but Sony and Panasonic don't seem to care. The companies have cranked up the storage capacity on optical media to a stunning 3.3TB. That's a big advance in Sony's optical storage, which is based on technology used in Blu-ray. The 3.3TB disc is targeted at studios, filmmakers, and broadcasters that store large volumes of video, and at large companies that store infrequently modified data. For example, video streaming companies could hold a large library of films in storage arrays with many optical drives.
Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and cognitive analytics are having a tremendous impact in areas ranging from medical diagnostics to self-driving cars. AI systems are highly dependent on enormous volumes of data--both at rest in repositories and in motion in real time--to learn from experience, make connections and arrive at critical business decisions. Usage of AI is also expected to expand significantly in the not-so-distant future. As a result, having the right storage to support the massive amounts of data required for AI workloads is an important consideration for an increasing number of organizations. Availability: When a business leader uses AI for critical tasks such as understanding how best to run their manufacturing process or to optimize their supply chain, they cannot afford to risk any loss of availability in the supporting storage system.