Cisco made a massive strategic blunder in the last decade, aggressively moving into consumer devices rather than focusing on their core enterprise and service provider markets. It seems that Cisco is now in the process of rectifying this mistake, but charting a path to growth is an entirely different matter! Cisco's Consumer Blunder Cisco is not HP, Dell, or IBM. Cisco is … [Read more...] about How Will Cisco Recover From The Consumer Strategy Blunder?
After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the poor economy. Individuals simply have less free cash to spend on gadgets and software, and the meagre profits are increasingly going into the pockets of a single company: Apple. The corporate IT market is … [Read more...] about Meet the Enterprise IT Superpowers
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new generation of hard disk drives that use 4K sectors rather than the historic 512 byte size. As I noted in that piece, although PC and Mac users with recent OS versions had nothing to fear from these, embedded devices like the TiVo and Drobo I use and love might not be compatible. I tried reaching out to these vendors, but only one has … [Read more...] about Drobo Adding 4K Drive Support – What About Everyone Else?
Pity poor old Iomega. The company responsible for hot products like the Zip drive and coulda-beens like the Clik drive was stumbling in the early part of this decade, unable to distinguish itself from all of the other providers of commodity external storage devices for consumers. Although the company had built the Zip into a viable floppy drive successor, USB "thumb drives" … [Read more...] about EMC Makes Iomega Relevant Again
This is part of an ongoing series of longer articles I will be posting every Sunday as part of an experiment in offering more in-depth content. Along with my professional focus on enterprise storage systems, I'm enamored of home networking, and recently passed the three terabyte mark at home! This got me thinking about where home storage is heading. As you can see in the … [Read more...] about The Future of Home Storage