Lots of my IT infrastructure management clients are talking about how the advent of Ethernet/IP and virtualization is changing the roles of storage, server, and network administrators. The evolution of the storage role in particular in enterprise IT organizations has been a topic of particular interest to me for a while: I definitely remember thinking about this as iSCSI and … [Read more...] about Changes in Technology Drive Changes in IT Organizations and Roles
Many storage challenges focus on correlating high-level uses of data (such as applications) with the nuts and bolts of storage infrastructure. These discussions often revolve around the conflict between data management, which demands an ever-smaller unit of management, and storage management, which benefits most from consolidation. Developing data management capability that is … [Read more...] about Granularity: The Hidden Challenge of Storage Management
I usually welcome discussion (and even argument) about the things I know best: There is always more to learn, and the best insights come through engaging those who disagree with us. But some ideas have been argued so well for so long that they deserve enshrinement. For example, although non-scientists like to argue about evolution and climate change, the scientific community no … [Read more...] about We Hold These (Storage) Truths…
I'm pleased to announce that I will be presenting at all four of TechTarget's excellent end user-focused 2009 Storage Decisions conferences in North America! I'm also very excited to be developning two entirely new sessions for the show: Tools and Tricks to Manage Capacity - Knowing how much disk capacity you have allocated, how much is actually being used, and what … [Read more...] about Two New Storage Decisions Sessions for 2009: Capacity Management and Radical Tiered Storage!
Last week, I lauded Symantec for introducing an API in Storage Foundation which will interact with the thin storage capabilities of supported arrays. Since then, I've learned more about this capability, and I am writing this update to share that knowledge. As I noted last week, the press release was a bit hard to follow and comprehend (and not just for me), and one of my … [Read more...] about Symantec’s Thin API: The Plot Thickens