These 5 Forces Shape Our 2015 Technology Trends


The end and beginning of the year are generally full of lists – top 10 tech trends, hottest skills for the New Year and best jobs, etc. I enjoy reading these lists and comparing predictions across them. Reading the lists for this year highlighted some continuing tech trends, some new ones and the shifting of existing technology into more nuanced and specific uses. What it also highlighted for me … [Read more...]

Storage Visions 2015 Sees New Roles for Storage and New Opportunities for Flash

New roles for storage

This year’s Storage Visions conference (SV2015), held right before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, showed me that data center transformation will require new thinking for storage. The driver for change starts with new sources of data—sensor data, medical images, video files and geographic data (GIS) and mobility data (from consumers’ mobile phones) — that are being piled on top of … [Read more...]

Speeds, Feeds and Needs – Understanding SSD Endurance

SSD Endurance

This is my second post in the “Speeds, Feeds and Needs” blog series, designed to explain the more technical elements of enterprise storage in terms that are understandable to everyone, whether you are an IT manager, end-user or chief information officer. My first post discussed how latency affects storage architectures and how reducing this can dramatically improve system performance. In this … [Read more...]

Join SanDisk Enterprise at Storage Visions 2015

SanDisk at Storage Visions 2015

SanDisk is a Gold sponsor at this year’s Storage Visions, taking place January 4-5, 2014 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Join us in booth #300 Join us in booth #300 to learn about the largest industry portfolio of flash solutions for the data center and mobile work force. This will be an opportunity to meet with our experts, see solution demos and learn what differentiates SanDisk's … [Read more...]

My Year at SanDisk: An Illuminating Journey Through the Flash Universe

SanDisk flash universe

December, 2014: One year ago, I came to SanDisk as an industry analyst who had focused on the worldwide server marketplace, on a systems level. My new job took me on a journey through the flash universe, with major stopovers at conferences in North America and Europe. Take a moment to see the places I visited on my 2014 journey. Throughout the year, speaking with many customers at conferences … [Read more...]

Gartner Conferences Shine a Spotlight on Data Center Transformation – Part II

transforming the data center

Opportunities for Flash in the Data Center My previous ITblog post summarized the key takeaways from the two Gartner Data Center conferences in London and Las Vegas. These conferences described a data center infrastructure that is undergoing substantial technology refresh and substantial innovation, in support of pressing demands faced by IT organizations to support Big Data Analytics, Cloud … [Read more...]

SanDisk Powers 5 of the 10 Coolest Flash Products of the Year


Everybody in the industry is glued to magazine websites at this time of the year to see if any of their products and achievements made it into the year’s end lists. What were remarkable achievements in the industry? Did we stand out? Who were the trendsetters, and what were the products that were making waves in 2014? Optimus MAX 4TB SAS SSD Comes Out on Top CRN magazine recently published … [Read more...]

Why Flash Is The Gift On Your Data Center Wish List

Data Center Wish List

The holidays are approaching and depending on where you are on the globe you may already feel the festive season. Here in the US cities and houses are getting decorated, the shopping craze for gifts has begun, and like Santa Claus, you are carefully reading and scrutinizing your kids’ wish lists. If you work in IT, you know that there’s always plenty of room for improvement. So if your data … [Read more...]

Gartner Conferences Focus a Spotlight on the Process of Transforming Data Centers

the Process of Transforming Data Centers

Data centers are undergoing a period of technology transformation designing their infrastructure to innovate with add ground-breaking technologies, even as the data center maintains its core production systems with enterprise service levels. This kind of disruptive innovation is being called “bi-modal” IT by Gartner Inc. analysts, including Gartner managing analyst Ray Paquet, who described it, … [Read more...]

1200 Virtual Desktops in 3-node All-Flash Virtual SAN (VSAN)

Fig 3: Disk Sensitive Operations Response Measured Using VMware View Planner

As 2015 approaches, I wanted to conclude my last blog of this year by discussing our latest all-flash Virtual SAN (VSAN) testing. and to share some of our plans for next year for VSAN and other areas of virtualization. Before getting into the results of our latest testing, I want to point to several of my personal highlights from this past year: 3-Node VSAN: The VMware Horizon View VDI … [Read more...]