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Microsoft's Imagine Cup Encourages Risk, Innovation

4/22/2008
It might be tempting to write off corporate activities on Earth Day as empty, cynical, or too little too late. But as I was driving to Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition in downtown Los Angeles this morning and saw the skyline and its brownish air backdrop, my real thought was "Now more than ever."

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Put A Brick In It

1/30/2008
"IT managers continue to place a premium on system reliability as they grapple with storage capacity concerns," started a press release in this morning's inbox. This was the key (and altogether unsurprising) data point of a vendor survey. Why do vendors bother with these blazing insights into the glaringly obvious?

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Perplexing Nexus

1/28/2008
If I were an IT vendor like Cisco and competing with Juniper (telecom) and Brocade (storage), a new Nexus platform and accompanying OS might make a lot of sense, splitting the difference as they do between these two backbone switching markets, each so hungry for terabyte and petabyte capacities. But if I were a storage buyer, I'd probably yawn.

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I Have A Bad Feeling About This

1/23/2008
And unfortunately, it's a feeling I've learned to trust: Humor and IT do not make for the best match. Ditto sex and IT, though catch me sometime late at a tradeshow and I might be persuaded to recount the one about the desktop support guy fired by a local government entity for using up more than a quarter of the agency's server capacity with porn he'd stored.

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Storage Insulation

1/18/2008
Oil prices hit new highs daily. Federal aid to boost the economy. Whispers of inflation at every turn. It's economic doldrums, except here in Storageville, one of the few sectors of the economy (and IT) that appears relatively insulated from it all.

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Solid State Will Require Deep Pockets

1/17/2008
EMC's trying to break some new ground by adding flash-based, solid-state drives (SSDs) to its high-end Symmetrix arrays. The thinking is that these high performance drives can be used for especially processing-intensive applications (think database backup and replication) or for data that's frequently accessed.

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EMC Acquires Rainfinity, Maranti

8/17/2005
Sticking to the acquisition route, EMC is opening its checkbook to add to its network-attached storage assets and to its switching line. The value of the combined deals is less than $105 million.

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