Storage Horizons: Steve Sicola has a new Blog!

March 14, 2012

Steve Sicola is a GIANT in storage and someone you should know if  you don’t already.  I just found out he is posting to a new blog called Storage Horizons:  http://stevesicola.com/

 


FLASH UPDATE: Wikibon Repost

January 4, 2012

Wikibon has just published an updated Flash Report — comprehensive — the usual great work we get from Dave Vellante et al.

Read more here:  WIKIBON FLASH UPDATE


FIO Analytics for Monday November 14th

November 14, 2011

The following chart was created by Barry Bergman courtesy The Blue Collar Investor:

NOTES:

Looking slightly bearish but could change based on news coming from Europe.   
However, the reasons that I’m slightly bearish:
  • Possible Head & Shoulders forming (very bearish)
    • Left shoulder and head in green circle
    • Possible right shoulder could form in vicinity of red circle
  • Trend line broken over last two days…close below trend line (red)
  • MACD, a momentum indicator, is showing bearish (histogram below zero line)
  • Stochastics showing a bearish trend (below 50)
  • Decreasing volume 
Potential near term targets:
  • Next upside target – $35-$36
  • Next downside target – $28-$29…the gap area due to Barron’s article

Something about XIO (formerly Xiotech)

November 12, 2011

I just need to say that there is a ton of IP buried in this company and many of the brightest minds in storage.  Someday this will make a classic HBR article  — but in the meantime it’s just sad.

I invite your comment.

Steve


Steve Sicola: SUPERSTAR!!

June 22, 2010

 

CRN unveiled its 2010 class of Storage Superstars spotlighting 10 “individuals and groups that made the modern storage industry what it is today.” And among the visionaries honored was Xiotech CTO Steve Sicola.

The “driving force on several generations of storage arrays and architectures,” Steve was recognized for his nearly 40 patents, tenure at Compaq and DEC, and as VP of Seagate’s Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) Group. Informally known as the “Skunk Works” – an homage to Lockheed Martin’s legendary engineering team – the ASA Group was acquired by Xiotech in 2007 and architected ISE.

“Steve embodies the passion, commitment and innovative thinking – all hallmarks of Xiotech – that serve as the foundation of this company and have fueled the revolution that is ISE,” said Xiotech President and CEO Alan Atkinson. “With Steve overseeing our Storage Fellows Program, we look forward to his (and others’) continued contributions to the industry and Xiotech – including the next-generation of ISE.”

Congratulations Steve!


Too good to be true? Make me prove it…

April 19, 2010

  

Taking disruptive technology to early adoption is in my DNA — the very fabric of who I am.  I’ve had the privilege to engage with great technologists — many of whom remain colleagues today.  As many of you know, I am recently on board at Xiotech, some of which was part of Seagate until a few years ago and is still an integral part of our ownership and our IP.  The messaging in the storage space can be confusing — here are some ideas that may help break through the noise.  So here’s your challenge:

 

Q:  What do IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, 3Par, Compellent and Xiotech have in common?

A:  We all use disk drives manufactured by Seagate.

No matter which storage vendor you deploy, Seagate drives are at the heart of the technology.  Now let me share with you Xiotech’s Integrated Storage Element (ISE).  We take the very same Seagate technology to the next level — after all, we know these drives better than any other storage vendor.

Example:

PLAN #1:  Deploy 100 $20k storage subsystems of [INSERT YOUR BRAND HERE] each costing  15% to keep under maintenance in years 4 & 5 (assuming 3 year warranty) = $600,000. 

PLAN #2:  Acquire xiotech ISE @ 30% less initial acquistion cost/space/energy to produce the same performance (or better) and pay $0 in hardware maintenance over 5 years. 

          or – use the comparable acquisition cost to get 30% more performance from the start

          or – use the NPV of the maintenance to get more performance/density

If you’re a former client from FileTek, Agilis, Sensar, Verity, Immersion or Fusion-io, you’ve seen what I’ve seen:  disruptive technology making a significant difference — and Xiotech ISE is no different.

Don’t believe me?  MAKE ME PROVE IT!

 


Gartner: IT Spending to Grow 5.3% in 2010

April 12, 2010
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Worldwide computing hardware spending is forecast to reach $353 billion in 2010, a 5.7 percent increase from 2009 (see Table 1). Robust consumer spending on mobile PCs will drive hardware spending in 2010. Enterprise hardware spending will grow again in 2010, but it will remain below its 2008 level through 2014. Spending on storage will enjoy the fastest growth in terms of enterprise spending as the volume of enterprise data that needs to be stored continues to increase. Near-term spending on servers will be concentrated on lower-end servers; longer-term, server spending will be curtailed by virtualization, consolidation and, potentially, cloud computing.
 
http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1339013