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What is Tier-1 Storage

on ‎01-08-2014 04:56 PM

CJZ Headshot fixed 150 x 150.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif

I think customers know they need to be cautious about how vendors use different terms.  I was recently talking about the term AFA (All-flash array) and the need to look at architecture versus some who wants to pigeon-hole the definition into their liking. 

Today, I want to hit another storage term that depending on who you talk to could have different meanings.  We commissioned Mark Peters, Sr Analyst from Enterprise Strategy Group, to write a paper about the topic of tier-1 storage that he titled "The Changing Face of Tier-1 Storage in the Modern Data Center". 


Mark is one of my favorite storage analysts out there.  A few years ago we happened to be in London attended the same event and had a delightful dinner eating curry (Indian Food) in central London.  We asked Mark if he would do a podcast with me to give an overview of the paper and it's a great discussion.  I also asked Sandeep Singh to join me - Sandeep is the 3PAR StoreServ director of product management. 


The thing that the three of us agreed with - which was a similar conclusion that I reached in the AFA podcast I did with Chris Evans and Chris Wahl - is that it really is about the requirements.  Here's the podcast with Mark and Sandeep. 



If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to my podcast on iTunes - go to the iTunes store and search for "Around the Storage Block" or you can open this link and click on the "View in iTunes" button under my picture.


One more related item - at HP Discover, Sandeep did a video interview with Jake Ludington.  Jake attended the storage focused HP Tech Day that I did at Nth Symposium and asked some great questions about all-flash arrays so be sure to check it out.



Be sure to read Mark's paper and you can dive deeper into our HP Discover news on our storage gateway page.

About the Author


I have worked at HP for 32 years, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.

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