IBM has really stepped up their game this year, and they will highlight all this at their upcoming storage technology conference, Edge2012. I'm really looking forward to seeing what IBM Edge is all about, and I'll be attending and speaking at the event in June. Introducing IBM Edge2012 IBM Edge2012 is divided into 3 tracks: TechnicalEdge is targeted at IT professionals; … [Read more...] about IBM Edge2012 – Orlando
It seems like everything in storage is in flux right now, with virtualization, commoditization, convergence, and solid state disrupting everything. That's why we at Gestalt IT have decided to host a Symposium on the topic of Solid State Storage: We'll be bringing in experts from a number of top companies to talk tech, and are inviting anyone interested to attend in person or … [Read more...] about Solid State Storage Symposium – San Jose, CA
Computers aren't much good on their own. This simple fact was evident even at the dawn of the microcomputing age, and has never been more true today in the "post-PC" world. If the standard microcomputer is the "Wintel" box (Microsoft's Windows, Intel's CPUs, and all that implies) then the standard network services protocol is SMB. So let's take a nice deep dive into SMB, past, … [Read more...] about From LAN Manager and SMB to CIFS: The Evolution of Prehistoric PC Network Protocols
Blade systems allow compact, stripped-down servers to be mounted in a chassis with shared power and I/O support. Among the benefits of blade servers, efficiency, manageability, reliability, performance and flexibility stand out as unifersal. There are lots of blade systems available today, and even more produced in the past, that include some or all of these capabilities and … [Read more...] about Where Did Blade Servers Come From?
I've been watching enterprise IT for over 20 years now, and I've seen some radical changes. In the server space, one of the biggest shifts was the form factor of the servers: From tower to rack-mount to blades. But what makes a blade server anyway? Let's consider this for a moment, as we watch another shift in progress. Blade servers are easily recognized in the data … [Read more...] about What Is a Blade Server?