DataDirect Networks, which has been more of a Big Data than enterprise storage player, makes an enterprise storage play by bidding for the distressed assets of Tintri, which has always had interesting tech, but which got squeezed in a tight storage market.
Western Digital is looking to drive massive change on two fronts. They are emphasizing their strong enterprise data centres today, and that the company is about far more than low-cost JBODs and consumer drives. They are also emphasizing their ability to play a key role in driving the technology of he data centre of the future.
While in the old Dell EMC converged lineup, a System 1000 would have been a new high-end model, the new VXBlock completely restructures the approach, and integrates all storage types in one offering. It makes this a single-model family with additional flexibility, greater cost efficiencies and simplified lifecycle management.