Apple's not an enterprise company or a storage company. In fact, they're rapidly jettisoning both - consider the sad fate of the Xserve RAID. But Apple does have enterprise features and storage features in their operating systems. And Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is a great case in point. From Versions to Time Machine Local Snapshots to AirDrop, Lion brings some storage love, and … [Read more...] about Key Storage Features in Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”
Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first week of a new series of self-produced events. And let me tell you, although I've seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed … [Read more...] about See W. Curtis Preston’s Backup Central Live!
Overland Storage is showing intriguing signs of life. Once relegated to OEM tape library duty, Overland received an injection of cash and (more importantly) talent this year. Now the company is stepping up the technology behind their SnapServer NAS array by acquiring scale-out file storage company, MaxiScale. They intend to bring the scalable capacity and performance normally … [Read more...] about Overland Snaps Up MaxiScale to Scale Up Snap
Single-parity RAID is under attack. Caching is the hottest trend in storage. The end of the high-performance disk drive is imminent. What happened? Increasing areal bit density has caused disk capacity to grow much faster than disk performance. A presentation at Storage Networking World by Ronald Bianchini of Avere exposed the mathematics of this phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Flush Time
When is a solution integrated and when is it a Frankenstein-like mashup of tangled tech? Apparently, that line is crossed when it's your competitor's offering... In my time in the storage industry, I've seen enough franken-storage come and go to make me skeptical whenever a new "integrated" solution is announced. But a lot of this stuff works just fine, so I also know that … [Read more...] about The Difference Between “Integration” and “Frankenstein”