Tape Is Cloud-Ready, But Are Cloud Users Tape-Ready?

When I write about tape drives, I usually get two very different sets of reactions. At one end are the jokes about lost data and 48-hour retrieval times. At the other are the comments, usually made in response to the first lot, along the lines of “When was the last time you used a tape […]

It’s Here: The Mid-Range Enterprise Storage Tsunami

I went to the virtual races with Lotus Renault in Milan in early September to partake in EMC’s global mid-range storage tech announcements — and you just have to give EMC an ‘A’ for effort: making storage racks look sexy really requires determination and deep marketing pockets. The event was located in a hangar size […]

Storage Elasticity and the Cloud’s Noisy Neighbors

If you’re looking at setting up private cloud services — or public ones, for that matter — you should already to have a handle on how to automate the critical functions of creating, managing and migrating virtual servers. That’s because if you haven’t achieved this level of service elasticity, it is going to cost a […]

Us or Them? How Should Data Stored in the Cloud be Encrypted?

There are plenty of good reasons for storing data in the cloud: the seemingly limitless availability of new capacity, access to enterprise class facilities, the ease of retrieving data from multiple devices, and so on. However, there is always that niggling doubt, especially when it comes to sensitive business data, about how safe cloud storage […]

If You Store It, They Will Come

Do you remember the movie, Field of Dreams? I’d like to put a twist on the famous line from the movie, “if you build it he will come.” This is for my friends who are responsible for their corporate networks and the movement of large amounts of data stored in various data centers around the […]

SNW Europe: When SSD turned disruptive

It’s hard to miss that this is the year of SSD, or solid-state disk. There is a certain irony therefore – or possibly, given its location, schadenfreude – in an event being ‘themed’ to keep up with the latest trends, only to find out that the new theme is already out of date. So it […]

“Big Data” or just “a lot of data”?

Over the past few years, there have been the bandwagons – full of shiny promises, covered in good words and often totally confused when it comes to how they have been messaged.  From virtualization through cloud and now onto Big Data – end users just begin to start to understand one when the next one […]

The New Convergence: Storage and Virtualization

This past week, EMC announced several new solutions to support virtual environments: the VNXe3150 and, more interestingly, according to CRN, plans to bundle Avamar Virtual Edition into VCenter. Now that the VMWorld Conference is in full swing here San Francisco this week, I thought I would share some observations on how the worlds of storage […]

Danger! Overload!

“I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.” – Erma Bombeck. Actually, the same thing holds true for the communication pipelines that drive today’s electronic commerce and business-to-business communications. Virtually […]