Cisco Won't Buy EMC, Will It?
Analyst Kaushik Roy with Choi and Pacific Growth Equities really stoked the fire of a longstanding rumor (repeat rumor) that Cisco would just love to buy storage king EMC. And while this won't happen, there are kernels of truth in there.
The Reality Of Private Clouds
In his blog "Clouds Are Only in the Sky" yesterday, Richard Martin suggested that a cloud must be on the public Internet for it to truly be a cloud and that if something resembling a cloud is used internally then it must be utility computing. He makes a very good point; however, I respectfully disagree.
Beating Up Storage Vendors
An analyst firm recently published a report suggesting that the No. 1 priority in reducing IT costs was to beat up your storage vendor for lower costs. I would like to give a dissenting opinion.
Vibrations Part II
In my last entry we opened up a can of worms around drive vibration, discussing what it is and how it occurs. Vibration exists, but why should you, the IT professional, care? This stuff is all on RAID 5, right? Why do you care if a drive fails?
Good, Good, Good…Good Vibrations
Its summertime, time for a little Beach Boys? No, Good Vibrations is the beginning of a series of entries that I will be posting on increasing physical hard drive unit life. In recent briefings, manufacturers like Copan Systems and Xiotech have been raising the issue on the impact of drive vibration. While I was aware of drive vibration, it is not discussed much, so I decided to take a deeper dive.
Brocade Buys Foundry For $3B - Let The FCOE Battles Begin
After the close of trading yesterday, Brocade announced that it was going to buy Foundry Networks for $19.75 in cash and stock or a total of $3 billion dollars. This acquisition puts Brocade in a much better position in the coming data center network wars, as just being the dominant Fibre Channel switch vendor isn't worth much as large enterprise data centers move from separate storage and communications networks to a converged Ethernet.
Last night, Sunday, July 20, Amazon S3 went down for more than two hours. Last weekend, Apple struggled its way through its MobileMe transition and it is still having some issues with its iDisk service. Both of these companies provide a high quality cloud service, but scaling these types of technology for the masses isn't an easy task and as we have seen in the case of Apple, upgrades or transitio
The Problem With Power-Efficient Drives
Power-efficient drives are drives that slow down and go into a standby or idle mode and do exactly what they say they will do -- they save power. The challenge with these drives is that many manufacturers are putting these drives into standard array shelves, typically with the same power supplies and the same fans. The array shelf still has to be designed to assume that the drives will spin up at full power, because at some point they probably will.
Power Rationing--Green Gets Serious
As part of my normal routine I try to speak with as many data center managers as possible. A trend has appeared lately that I believe we are on the front end of. I am calling the trend power rationing. We have been told several times now over the past few weeks that data center managers are being given a hard limit as to how much power they can use. This is a shift from the more common "Reduce power consumption by x%" to "You can use X watts of power."
Lenovo Launches Centrino 2 Notebook Line
The sub-$900 notebooks offer small and midsize companies the latest mobile platform from Intel and built-in wireless connectivity to AT&T's 3G high-speed network.
Block-Level Tiered Storage
Tiered storage no longer has the hype surrounding it that it did a few years ago. The concept was simple -- move data from expensive Fibre drives to inexpensive SATA drives. SATA drive technology was just coming into its own and the price and modest capacity made it a good fit for the concept. As a result, every storage manufacturer on the planet was proposing a tiered storage strategy. There were seminars, Webinars, white papers (guilty as charged, I wrote more than a few of them), yet only a f
First Steps Into The Cloud
Storage will be one of the first steps many will make in using cloud services. In fact, many users have already taken that first step without even knowing it. They are using services like online storage, backup, and archive. Online backup is there, because of block-level incremental and data deduplication technologies; sending backup data over a network connection is not the impossibility that it was even a few years ago. Also, these companies have been in existence for quite some time, so there
What Should VMware Do Now?
VMware had its first bad day yesterday and in what amounted to piling on, by the time you got through all the blogs and articles, you would think they were folding up the VMware tent.
Behind The Storage Cloud
Last week we had an entry introducing everyone to cloud computing and cloud storage. As promised, it was and will be the first of many entries on the topic. In this entry we're going to start looking at some of the plumbing that will sustain the cloud. The look won't be exhaustive, and my intent is not to mention everyone that may have a role to play. I may simply not know them all yet or be unaware of t
Out Of Band Data Movers
Another form of data mover is the out-of-band data mover. Unlike Global Namespaces or agent-based data movers, these data movers crawl selected servers when doing their analysis. As they access each file, they analyze it to see if meets any criteria that you might have set for data movement. S