Profile of Terry SweeneyContributing Editor
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Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Network World, InformationWeek and Mobile Sports Report.
In addition to information security, Sweeney has written extensively about cloud computing, wireless technologies, storage networking, and analytics. After watching successive waves of technological advancement, he still prefers to chronicle the actual application of these breakthroughs by businesses and public sector organizations.
Sweeney is also the founder and chief jarhead of Paragon Jams, which specializes in small-batch jams and preserves for adults.
Articles by Terry Sweeney
posted in January 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?
If tennis ace Roger Federer were a tech company right now, he might be VMware. Long the dominant player in his sport, he got a nasty dose of reality at last week's Australian Open. Hang on and let me torture this sports metaphor just a little longer -- likewise, VMware got knocked off its do-no-wrong perch
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.
Cisco executives have often said they don't need to be first to market with any technology. And we've heard EMC downplay the first-to-market advantage. Still, it's remarkably clear that EMC caught everyone flatfooted with its decision to be the first major storage vendor to add solid-state disk technology to its products.
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.
Why rent when you can buy? Why lease when you can own? My accountant's smacked me around pretty good on both these questions over the years. Luckily we're not the target market for EMC's new online backup service, or other offerings envisioned under its newly formed software-as-a-service division.
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.
This isn't a partisan screed -- you've got plenty of places across the blogosphere to click for that sort of thing. So here goes: Why is the White House getting a free pass where overwriting the same backup tapes is concerned?
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.
Even with Macworld in full swing this week, the confluence of Apple and storage isn't one of the more prominent threads emanating from the show. But this bit about using an iPhone to manage servers makes me think Apple may have missed the storage boat.