SSD/flash/memory shortage, day N+1

There has been a huge demand of SSD/Flash/memory components from a number of end users. Sadly not the day jobs customers … but enough to deplete the market of supply. Watching basic economics at work is fascinating. Supply is highly constrained, while demand is rising. Couple that with a (mis)expectation of continuous falling prices across […]

ClusterHQ dies

ClusterHQ is now dead. They were an early container play, building a number of tools around Docker/etc. for the space. Containers are a step between bare metal and VMs. FLocker (ClusterHQ’s product) is open source, and they were looking to monetize it in a different way (not on acquisition, but on support). In this space […]

Violin files for Chapter 11

This has been long in coming. I feel for the people involved. Violin makes proprietary flash modules and chassis, to provide an all flash “array”. The performance is somewhat “meh”, and the cost is high. Like most of the rest of the companies in this space, their latest model bits are quite a bit below […]

So it seems Java is not free

This article on The Register indicates that Oracle is now working actively to monetize java use. Given the spate of java hacks over the years, and the decidedly non-free nature of the language, I suspect we are going to see replacement development language use skyrocket, as people develop in anything-but-Java going forward. Think about the […]

On closure

I work with many people, have regular email and phone contact with them, as well as occasional face to face meetings. We talk ideas back and forth, develop plans. I work on designs, coordinating everything that goes into those designs (usually built upon our kit). I work hard on my proposals, thinking many things through, […]

On expectations

This has happened multiple times over the last few months. Just variations on the theme as it were, so I’ll talk about the theme. The day job builds some of the fastest systems for storage and analytics in market. We pride ourselves on being able to make things go very … very fast. If its […]

M&A: Vertical integration plays

Two items of note here. First, Cavium acquires qlogic. This is interesting at some levels, as qlogic has been a long time player in storage (and networking). There are many qlogic FC switches out there, as well as some older Infiniband gear (pre-Intel sale). Cavium is more of a processor shop, having built a number […]