I don't often do webinars, but I am happy to join when the topic, the guests, and the agenda are right. And that's what I've got this week, as I join a Gridstore webinar with two fantastic guests: Geoff Barrall, founder of BlueArc, Drobo, and Connected Data, and George Symons, who you might run into at Legato/EMC or a number of startups since then. Our topic this week is … [Read more...] about Webinar: Size Does Matter (In Storage)
Thin provisioning is a topic that is interesting to me. Now, I have to warn you ahead of time that I've been a critic of thin provisioning for a long, long time. So, you're really not going to get a big cheer leader "rah rah" session here. I feel like too many people use technologies like thin provisioning more for political and management problems than technical problems. … [Read more...] about Storage is Not Getting Cheaper
Since all the cool companies are offering capacity guarantees these days, I thought I might as well throw my hat into the ring and offer one, too. Starting now, I guarantee any takers an easy plan to write 50% more production data to your existing storage environment. Even better, I'll do it with no additional hardware or software to purchase and install and no complicated … [Read more...] about Stephen Foskett’s 50% Free Capacity Guarantee!
Single-parity RAID is under attack. Caching is the hottest trend in storage. The end of the high-performance disk drive is imminent. What happened? Increasing areal bit density has caused disk capacity to grow much faster than disk performance. A presentation at Storage Networking World by Ronald Bianchini of Avere exposed the mathematics of this phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Flush Time
Corporate IT is at a crossroads. The financial crisis has had a massive impact on budget priorities: Do more with less is the message of the day. But how can this be achieved? Challenges for Enterprise IT I've spent 15 years focused on the business of IT, with a special interest in data storage, since it makes up such a large part of modern information systems and … [Read more...] about Changing Times Demand Focus