Although many discussions in the storage industry focus on the relative merits of one protocol or another, the conversation occasionally turns to the core issue at hand: We continue to patch together a system based on outdated concepts. Most storage protocols continue to mimic direct attached storage, and most of our so-called networks act as point to point channels. An … [Read more...] about We Need a Storage Revolution
As I expected, EMC's Iomega subsidiary today rolled out the StorCenter Pro ix4-100 a big brother to the popular but plain StorCenter ix2 NAS device. This new model add hot-swappable drives (there are four now), RAID-5, and a longer warranty to make it suitable for small office use. It uses a blacked-out version of the chassis from the non-LifeLine StorCenter Pro 150d. … [Read more...] about EMC LifeLine Spreads To The Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-100
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
As I guessed on Friday, EMC has officially announced their Maui Atmos software layer today, calling it the "industry's first COS (cloud-optimized storage) offering", "a new era for IT", and "a new category of storage." So the new era for IT is a cloud with globally-distributed object stores with policy management? Great! But I thought the new era for IT was a cloud with … [Read more...] about EMC Atmos Versus VMware VDC-OS: Will The Real Cloud Strategy Please Stand Up?
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