Primary Storage's Three Faces
Primary storage has three faces. There is active data and inactive data; both of these data sets actually consume space, which we can compress and then remove. Then there is the third face, with the capacity that is allocated but not in use. Each needs to be handled in a different way.
NFS On VMware, Not NetApp's Sole Domain
Using NFS to store and boot virtual machine images is becoming an attractive option, and for obvious reasons NetApp has been promoting the use of its solutions as the perfect complement to a VMware on NFS strategy. However, NFS isn't the sole domain of NetApp any longer. It now has company from a variety of vendors, including EMC, ONStor, BlueArc, and
Cloud Storage Matures
The cloud is becoming tangible and definable. Customers are beginning to store data on it and companies like Bycast, Cleversafe, Amazon and Nirvanix have real customers paying real money to use their products or services. Companies like EMC and HP are bringing legitimacy to the co
Why You Should Try Google's App Engine In The Cloud
When thinking about applications in the cloud, it's best to think of new applications, applications oriented toward Web operations, and applications that do things in a way that's contrary to what you're accustomed to. In other words, think about using Google Bigtable.
The Danger Of IT At Capacity
As the IT budget has every ounce of excess rung out of it and storage optimization technologies promise to delay future purchases by delivering maximum utilization, for the first time storage administrators are living at much higher utilization rates. While this looks good, it has a dangerous underbelly.
Virtualization Driving SMB Storage
As server virtualization begins to work its way down the data center food chain, it is making small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) change their plans for storage selection. Shared storage is almost an agreed-to requirement to get the full potential out of a virtualization investment, but how can an SME find the right product and not vaporize its budget?
CES: Startup Ctera's CloudPlug (Literally)
Sometimes it's the tiniest things that thrill me. In the middle of the gigantic TVs and the booming sound systems and the magic acts and the private suites and the thrumming parties was Ctera, an 18-employee company headquartered in Israel. When they showed me their device, I literally did a double-take (luckily off camera; very awkward). The CloudPlug is a tiny plug with a processor inside, an Ethernet jack, and a USB port, with which you can turn any USB device into a NAS and back up your data
Sony Unveils Pricey Netbook
The Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag, while still delivering full PC functionality.
Green Is A 'Nice To Have'
2009 is here and for IT, it's ugly. Storage projects will need to be justified with near instant ROI's. Over the next several entries we will look at projects you can undertake which will deliver that near-instant ROI, but first let's look at what Green IT's new role is during the economic downturn.
Data Breaches Booming
The Identity Theft Resource Center says reported data breaches increased by 47% from 2007 to 2008.