The Freeform Dynamics perspective
@thegreatsatan Good to see people looking closely at the origin of content and the funding behind it, but this really is straight up research and analysis based on Reg reader input. If there is something about it that you think is vendor biased, then you’ll have to be more specific. If it’s just a general objection to the concept of sponsorship as a funding model, then fair enough, but that horse bolted a long time ago.
@AC With respect to emerging OSS / scale-out options, this is something we have been looking at very closely at Freeform Dynamics recently. Our conclusion is the same as Trevor's in terms of readiness for prime time. In most cases you still have to be willing to get your hands very dirty with design, config and integration – fine if you are large scale service provider implementing such options as part of your core business, or a corporate IT department with an obvious need and resources to spare, but not really mainstream at the moment. If you go sniffing around the project sites and discussion groups, you’ll see that a lot of features many enterprises would consider to be ‘core’ are still designated as ‘work in progress’ – it’s all out in the open if you look. Having said that, players like Fujitsu with its Ceph-based scale-out offerings, and various other big vendors (usual suspects) with their efforts around producing enterprise-friendly incarnations of Openstack, for example, are helping things along in mainstream, so it’s all moving in the right direction.
In the meantime, the key message from the research is that just because your storage environment has served you well over the last 10 years doesn’t mean you are sitting pretty to deal with the needs of the next 10. Requirements are changing, and this mandates different approaches and different technologies. Tony Lock’s article was an attempt to walk through some of the specifics behind this as a reminder to some, and a ‘wakeup call’ to others. The full research report linked to in the piece goes into a lot more detail.
Cheers, Dale (Freeform Dynamics)