OK, so you can't take yourself public like Visa. But how much thought have you given to that big, fat check coming your way in May? You know, the "Spend our way out of this nonrecession" check?
Stomping On Your Carbon Footprint
The "greening" of IT is very à la mode right now, especially in storage. But this umbrella term suffers from overuse, and near as I can tell, is a euphemism for using less electricity. It's also a "feature" that enables some vendors to bump up their prices. So what exactly is the fuss again?
From 'Energized' To Not So Interested
The little do-si-do between Congress and the White House over missing e-mails is apparently over. Cynics might predict the next steps will be a digging in of heels, followed quickly by threats to launch (and bungle) an investigation, or worse, appoint a special prosecutor.
An Ounce Of Virtual Prevention
Security researchers found/punched a new hole in one of VMware's products this week, and from some quarters, it's being written about as if virtual machinery had never been a target for malicious code before. Those in the data center know differently.
Challenges From The Vendor View
Vendors see the world of technical challenges a bit differently -- and no surprise here: The items they cite often tend to play to the vendor's strengths or ongoing market initiatives. But here are how big thinkers at some storage vendors view the biggest engineering challenges ahead.
Up To The Challenge?
Mask complexity, improve performance, and automate every last function possible -- those, in a giant nutshell, are the biggest engineering challenges for storage in the next several years, according to some big thinkers who've deployed a SAN or two in their time.
Where Storage Gets Innovative
There are lots of good barometers out there -- the Dow Jones Industrial Average comes to mind, as does the Consumer Confidence Index. A little closer to home, this gauge of where VCs and angel investors are placing their bets tells you a lot about where storage is headed in the next 12 months.
Big Challenges Ahead
Late last week, the National Academy of Engineering issued a list of the biggest technical challenges of the 21st century, some real thorny knots like reverse-engineer the human brain and prevent nuclear terrorism.
It got me wondering how the some of brightest minds in storage might answer the same question. So I asked them.
Safety In Numbers
There's a great movie I hope they still show in math and science classes called something like "Powers of 10." It begins with a shot of an earthbound human, then zooms out 100 feet, then 10,000 feet, racking up the exponents til we're out in Carl Sagan country. It then reverses itself into the subatomic realm. It blew my 10-year old mind, such that when the discussion turns to
Now, That's Service
Six weeks into the year and you're finally remembering that sinuous "8" when you write a new check. And it's been barely a week since the Year of the Rat celebrations ended. No matter -- in Storageville, it's pretty safe if we just go ahead and label this the Year of Storage Services.
Partners That Compete
I know cooperative competition is supposed to be a cornerstone of business today. Still, I have to wonder how much further down the path to recovery will Dell get before its primary storage partner EMC complains?
HYDRAstor De-Duplicating Grid Storage For Backup And Archive From NEC? Yes, NEC
Much as I always respected the engineering of NEC's products in the past, the one thing you wouldn't call them is exciting. The short form of the review of the S2500 disk array I wrote a couple of years ago in Network Computing would have read "Solid modular disk array has all the features you'd expect, but mothering unique. They sell a lot of them in the home market, so don't worry about being a guinea pig." Well, with HYDRAstor, it has something unique.
Hitachi Data Systems Releases De-Duping VTLs
Expanding on its existing resale arrangement with Diligent Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is now shipping preconfigured virtual tape libraries combining Diligent's ProtecTEIR software and HDS' AMS modular Fibre Channel disk array. Based on customer feedback that indicated customers would rather buy, and VARS would rather sell, preconfigured systems than server, software, disk storage, and the inevitable professional services separately.
Pleading The E-Fifth
It's probably not the career most storage professionals might have envisioned -- data forensic specialist, law enforcement agent, and archivist/go-fer. But with recent incidents that span from Detroit to Paris, here's why storage
Backup That's Off The Hook
"Unfortunately, it's a huge file and it's taking a long time," says a Verizon spokesman in this report about a database gone astray. Unfortunately, the file problem left 750,000 landline customers here in Southern California without any voice mail service for two days.
Total Cost Of Lead Generation
I know at least four vendors who'd be more than willing to help you calculate it, but does anyone really know the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their storage? Too often, these calculations have about the same gravitas as when someone starts describing what they're worth "on paper."
Just in Time For 'Hannah Montana'
I'm not a reflexive technophobe or a Chomsky-quoting art school washout (more of a Sam Kinison plagiarist here, minus the beret). But it still beats the pants off me why anybody would want to watch a movie on a device smaller than a laptop.
My inability to comprehend isn't stopping Apple from adding memory to its consumer goo