Storage Radio: HP launches Cloud Object Storage, announces 3PAR SSD option

Join’s executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news editor Dave Raffo as they discuss HP's foray into the cloud in our latest Storage Radio podcast.

It could get crowded in the cloud space, as Hewlett-Packard (HP) joins market heavyweights Google and Amazon S3 to roll out its own Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network.  

What does HP's move into the cloud mean for cloud storage providers? Join’s executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news editor Dave Raffo as they discuss the potential for partnerships between HP and other vendors, and who could be next to jump into the cloud in our latest Storage Radio podcast.

Then follow along as we highlight some of the best stories this week from our sites and from around the Web with associate editor John Hilliard, including:

Networking startup Xsigo was purchased by Oracle this week, the larger company eyeing Xsigo's software to help it address the growth of server virtualization in networks. 

Xsigo was developing software-defined networking technology that allows servers to connect to any storage or network device. It's unclear exactly how Oracle will use its new IP, and unlikely the company will do so until after the deal formally closes in October. The company will continue to support Xsigo customers.

Oracle also didn't disclose what it paid, but it was likely less than the $1.2 billion that VMware paid for Nicira Networks last week.

Fusion-io announced the release of its ION Data Accelerator software later this year, a move that could put the company in direct competition with EMC's upcoming Project Thunder and other flash-based storage systems.

Fusion-io said its software can create a shared storage appliance out of a server using one of the company's ioMemory flash cards. Customers would be able to move databases to card memory for improved performance, Fusion-io claims.

EMC has its own flash card technology -- VFCache -- which competes with Fusion-io's current products. The upcoming Project Thunder essentially puts up to 10 VFCache cards into a single appliance that connects to servers. 

And HP has a new entry in the solid-state space with an all-solid-state drive (all-SSD) option for buyers of HP's 3PAR 10000 Storage System.

But buying a purely solid-state storage system won't be cheap: HP said the starting price for a 3PAR SSD is $350,000, which includes 1.5 TB of space on 16 100 GB drives. HP said the array's upper storage limit is 1 PB, and reportedly the cost for a petabyte of all-solid-state storage would "depend upon the configuration."

Finally, via Ars Technica, we learn of Netflix's "Chaos Monkey," a piece of software used by Netflix to create fake attacks on the company's network more than 1,000 times a week, including disabling some systems. Check out the story on the Ars site, which details how the program keeps the site's engineers sharp by repairing simulated damage to their network.

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