Many storage challenges focus on correlating high-level uses of data (such as applications) with the nuts and bolts of storage infrastructure. These discussions often revolve around the conflict between data management, which demands an ever-smaller unit of management, and storage management, which benefits most from consolidation. Developing data management capability that is … [Read more...] about Granularity: The Hidden Challenge of Storage Management
Do you use an "iTunes compatible" device like an Iomega ix4 or Drobo FS or Roku SoundBridge? Have you noticed that it no longer works since you updated to iTunes 10? That's because Apple made a simple change to their Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) that causes third-party devices to fail to connect correctly. Although software patches are already appearing, there is no … [Read more...] about iTunes 10 Breaks Non-Apple Streaming (Again)
Why does network-attached storage (NAS) have such a poor reputation? This isn't what the vendors want to be talking about, but some recent product announcements and discussions led to this thought. IT folks as a whole don't trust NAS for real work, and 20 years of effort from big names like Sun, Microsoft, NetApp, IBM, and the rest hasn't changed that. Fear Back when I used … [Read more...] about Why Do I Ignore NAS?
EMC's Iomega unit today released the 12-drive rack-mount storage product we have all been waiting for. It was never a question of whether Iomega could produce such a beast: The EMC LifeLine software and Iomega hardware were definitely up for it. The question was always if EMC would direct Iomega to fill the gaping hole in their storage lineup between the 4-drive ix4-200r and … [Read more...] about Iomega Graduates and Goes to Work with the ix12-300r
Iomega is well into its second coming as EMC's entry-level storage division. First, they applied EMC's compact and full-featured LifeLine home storage software to existing gear, giving birth to the Home Media Network Hard Drive, StorCenter ix2, and StorCenter Pro ix4-100. Then they wooed the small-business community with the rack-mount StorCenter ix4-200r, adding iSCSI target … [Read more...] about Iomega’s ix4-200d: A Killer Desktop Storage Array