The Internet is responsible for the demise of many "meatspace" industries, from magazine publishing to CD sales, but there are some things it'll never do: No matter how much time you spend interacting online, meeting in person is something else entirely. I'm not trying to advocate a return to the old world of tech conferences and user groups. Rather, I envision a new breed of … [Read more...] about Nothing Beats Meeting In Person
"Private cloud" wasn't just the message of EMC World 2010, it was the slogan. The phrase was everywhere, from the airport to the taxis to the cycle rickshaws to the convention center walls. But end users seemed as confused as ever when talking to me, and EMC's own show video proves the point: EMC's customers are using virtualization and public cloud talking points, not the … [Read more...] about Could EMC World Attendees Have Missed The Private Cloud Message?
One of the recurring themes from this week's EMC World conference was the extent to which corporations (including EMC) are incorporating elements of social media. I heard similar points from all sides: Independents were concerned that big companies are hiring all the good bloggers. Corporations were trumpeting the success of their social media efforts. Through it all, everyone … [Read more...] about Relax: The Corporate World Can’t Co-Opt Social Media
Wandering the EMC World show floor was very revealing. Along with EMC's new VPLEX, Chris Mellor and I spotted the unannounced SDRAM-based ZeusRAM SSD from STEC. While getting some hands-on time with Iomega's new 12-drive storage array, I spotted an exciting but unannounced feature: The ix12-300r includes native Avamar backup client! Chocolate and Peanut Butter EMC's … [Read more...] about EMC Mixes Avamar Into Iomega ix12-300r
STEC may not have been quite ready to reveal their next-generation ZeusRAM solid-state disk (SSD), but they are demonstrating it anyway at EMC World in Boston this week. The ZeusRAM is a fundamentally different animal from the existing ZeusIOPS drive in one critical way: Rather than using flash memory for primary data storage, the ZeusRAM uses DRAM. This improves reliability … [Read more...] about STEC Spills the Beans on ZeusRAM SSD