Apple's not an enterprise company or a storage company. In fact, they're rapidly jettisoning both - consider the sad fate of the Xserve RAID. But Apple does have enterprise features and storage features in their operating systems. And Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is a great case in point. From Versions to Time Machine Local Snapshots to AirDrop, Lion brings some storage love, and … [Read more...] about Key Storage Features in Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”
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
Although it's been available for a while now, Windows Server 2008's storage changes aren't widely reported. TechTarget's Dave Raffo wrote a piece about it today, Windows Server 2008's hidden storage features, including some quotes from me, but it's still less than clear. So let me sum up: Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 is probably the biggest news. Microsoft re-worked … [Read more...] about Windows Server 2008 Changes Storage
Even though storage virtualization technologies have been on the market for 20 years or more, and numerous companies have tried to sell it as a product in its own right for at least half that long, many are still unsure of what to do with the technology. A great new piece by Dave Raffo, News Director at SearchStorage.com, discusses the wide variety of virtualization solutions … [Read more...] about Storage Virtualization: What Is It Good For?