Waves of innovation and waves of companies, crash on the storage market, but the same incumbent leaders and product lines survive for decades. Are things changing? It’s hard to see sometimes, but real progress has been made.
Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can be serious business consequences.
Being a history buff stuck in the storage industry, I’ve long had an interest in how we got where we are. So much of the storage industry is rooted in legacy, and we can learn much by knowing why things turned out the way they did. I’d like to kick off a series of articles […]
Marc Farley challenged us storage geeks to wave our junk flags and reveal just how many computers we have. Well, I’m really not sure… Let’s see – in order of usefulness… Networked: Dell XPS M1210 laptop (killer!) with 120GB internal and 500 GB Western Digital My Book backup drive TiVo Series 3 with 250 GB […]