Every day, I'm briefed by another company with a range of products from entry-level to high-end. And every day I try to figure out their naming scheme: It seems most IT vendors follow the naming schemes of car companies, but few use the same naming system! As Micron explained the logic behind their three SSD lines (e, m, and h for entry-level, midrange, and … [Read more...] about What’s In A Name? And Which Product Is Better?
Yesterday, I posted about the numerous companies that have been acquired after presenting at Tech Field Day. An obvious follow on question relates to the number of delegates to have "graduated" to go work for a vendor in their field. So I put together this follow-up, saluting these Field Day alumni. Contrary to popular belief, vendors aren't out there scouring Tech Field Day … [Read more...] about Where Are They Now? A Tech Field Day Delegate Retrospective
This is an exceptionally busy but rewarding week. I'm traveling to the San Jose, CA area for two events I've organized: The OpenFlow Symposium and the second Networking-focused Tech Field Day. I'll be surrounded by some of the smartest and most interesting folks in networking all week, which is both daunting and exciting for a storage guy like me. I invite my readers to follow … [Read more...] about Networking Field Day and OpenFlow Symposium
Apparently my "bias" against FCoE is showing. I asked a question, Will 16 Gb Fibre Channel Derail FCoE?, and stirred up controversy and a series of responses: Metz, Reams, Onisick and lots of Twitter talk. Although FCoE wasn't really the topic of that little post, some readers criticized my statement that FCoE isn't "really ready for prime time at this point." So let's talk … [Read more...] about Multi-Hop FCoE Is Not Ready For Prime Time (Yet)
One of the amusing aspects of being self-employed is watching all the giants battle it out. Every company is gunning for someone, but the amazing thing is that they rarely point their sights directly at each other: NetApp is gunning for EMC who's more focused on HP who wants to knock off Oracle who's fixated on IBM. It sounds very "high school romance" but this is … [Read more...] about Every Company Is Gunning For Someone Else