It's certainly an interesting time to be in the storage business. EMC has given up and decided to throw in its lot with Dell. I'm a bit surprised on this one. Even if you value all the storage hardware and software at zero, there's still a lot of interesting assets at EMC, starting with its stake in VMware. I think this might have more to do with Joe Tucci wanting to leave on a final note rather than wait to see what a successor could do. Some folks are being shown the door at EMC's subsidiary, always a sad thing.
IBM might have something to do with that. The better alternative to VCE (and FlexPod for that matter) is the IBM-Cisco VersaStack, which uses IBM V5000, V7000, or V9000 storage in conjunction with Cisco UCS compute and networking to provide a converged solution.
HP takes a different tack - instead of combining, it is splitting up. Although to be fair, the x86 servers and the storage are still together.
Hitachi keeps plugging along, Moshe Yanai has another startup (Infinidat), and there is a million tiny flash vendors (and some of those will be gone by the end of 2016, in my opinion).
IBM has started shipping the mighty DS8886 and the entry DS8884 in December. SVC is still the leading storage virtualization product, and nothing beats XIV for ease of use. We have a number of enhancements in the pipeline for 2016. I can't wait to talk about them!
There's been a little hitch in the restoration project we've embarked on with our 1949 Farmall Cub. Another one of my son's projects (yes, he has multiple at any given time) is a 1968 Ford F100 pickup (which you can see on the back right in the picture below). Well, it had a little problem. The alternator conked out so we had to get a new one, which then didn't fit the mounting bracket. Using his trusty Millermatic® 211 MIG Welder he crafted a new one, and then was able to mount the device properly. All is well now with the
429 428 cubic inch engine (we can't claim credit for that one). Now the solstice has come and gone and its darned cold here in the Maryland region of the Northern Hemispshere, and the shop is not heated, so the restoration might be on hold until spring. The backup plan is to use another project, the trusty Cub Cadet 124 122 in the foreground of the picture, in the interim.