To say that I go to a lot of conferences and trade shows would be an extreme understatement. Although I didn't make it to every one in my IT events calendar this year, I've hit nearly all of them over the years. So when I say that the Storage Developer Conference was singularly valuable and enjoyable, I hope you know that I really mean it. Held every year by SNIA, the … [Read more...] about Looking Back on the Storage Developer Conference
I'm really thrilled about the improvements Microsoft is making to the core SMB protocol in Windows Server 2012. But it won't really matter if nobody but Microsoft supports the new protocol. So I like to call out to all the enterprise storage vendors: Let me hear your support for SMB3.0! What We Know so Far Obviously, Microsoft is going to support SMB 3.0 in a big way. … [Read more...] about Who Will Support SMB 3.0, and Which Features Will They Support?
Why does network-attached storage (NAS) have such a poor reputation? This isn't what the vendors want to be talking about, but some recent product announcements and discussions led to this thought. IT folks as a whole don't trust NAS for real work, and 20 years of effort from big names like Sun, Microsoft, NetApp, IBM, and the rest hasn't changed that. Fear Back when I used … [Read more...] about Why Do I Ignore NAS?
Iomega has been a staple of the desktop computing environment for decades, but the company's products have never been quite at home in even small corporate data centers. That changes today with the introduction of the iSCSI StorCenter Pro ix4-200r. As of now, EMC's SOHO storage subsidiary is a serious challenger in the small business and entry-level VMware ESX storage market. … [Read more...] about Iomega Grows Up and Moves Out of the House