I'm off to Orlando this morning for Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2009. It will be great to see all of my friends in the industry again, though EMC will be quiet in the run-up to EMC World and the DMX-5 "Tigon" launch mysterious April 14th announcement! I will be wearing two hats at the show as usual: I'll be attending as press, representing this blog and … [Read more...] about Spring Storage Networking World 2009, Here I Come!
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
I've called myself a "vendor-independent storage consultant" for more than a decade now, but my good friend, Greg Schultz, recently challenged me on that statement. Sure, I haven't worked for a vendor of tin boxes and spinning rust, or the software that runs the stuff, but I'm firmly rooted in the supply side of things. As a provider of consulting services, I just happen to be … [Read more...] about Consulting Is A Perilous Business But Credibility Is What Matters
The hardest lesson I ever learned in consulting was how to say "I don't know." Here I was, hired on for big bucks, and I didn't know the answer. But I quickly learned that bluffing gets you nowhere fast. But we'll come back to that... In the mean time, I must say how completely impressed I am by Chuck Hollis' blog postings. Employing guys like him is one of the reasons … [Read more...] about Chuck Hollis Gets It!
My mom had a laugh way back then, when I got my first job in this industry: " I always knew you'd wanted to be an architect," she said, "but why does it have to be closets and garages?" That was me, Storage Architect at last! These days, when another parent at the soccer game or church asks what I do for a living, I go through a little semantic dance. I start with business … [Read more...] about Information, Data, and Storage