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
I've been talking about storage capacity utilization for my entire career, but the storage industry doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. Every year or so, a new study is performed showing that half of storage capacity in the data center is unused. And every time there is a predictable (and poorly thought through) "networked storage is a waste of time" response. The good news … [Read more...] about Storage Utilization Remains at 2001 Levels: Low!
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
Today, Brocade announced that it has completed its acquisition of Foundry Networks. This is just the latest move in the strategic game to control the next generation of Ethernet, and possibly all local connectivity, including storage. Although 1 Gb Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand are all still going strong, the attention of the industry, the pundits, and the … [Read more...] about Who Will Capture the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Crown?
I continue to be amazed by the level of interest I'm seeing in Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10 Gb Converged Ethernet among storage people. As I noted after my Charlotte virtualization seminar, end users at the largest enterprises seem to think that FCoE is their future, not just one of several options. But when will 10 Gb and FCoE arrive? Dave Raffo and I discussed … [Read more...] about Storage Folks Are Talking 10-Gig and FCoE