As most of my readers know, I also run the Tech Field Day event series, bringing independent voices in IT together with interesting companies in our space. This year, we're running a full-blown Tech Field Day event at VMworld, the largest we've ever put together. Although there's no live audience for Tech Field Day apart from the delegate panel, I invite you to watch … [Read more...] about Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2014
Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP's bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It's open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is … [Read more...] about The Enterprise IT Acquisition Game
In an article for Enterprise Storage Forum, Paul Shread comments on the positive reviews that various deduplication technologies got at Storage Decisions from analysts and end users. He suggests that less than 10% of attendees were using deduplication already, but that others were inspired by their experience and would be using it soon. Paul goes on to quote me, saying I … [Read more...] about Is Deduplication Ready for Prime Time?
This is a follow-up to my story, De-Duplication Goes Mainstream Although deduplication of storage is nothing new, with Data Domain and other making hay with the technique for years, it has never been ready for prime time - reduction of active primary storage applications like email and databases. Instead, deduplication has been relegated to second- or third-tier status, … [Read more...] about Deduplication Coming to Primary Storage
TechTarget's Storage magazine today announced the winners of their annual Products of the Year awards, and it's an impressive array of technologies. Although I did not contribute to the voting this year, I heartily endorse the outcomes! Overall, I was impressed with many of these products this last year, but certainly CommVault, HDS, ProStor, Xsigo, and Akorri (winners all) … [Read more...] about Reacting to TechTarget’s Storage Products of the Year