3PAR just introduced their third-generation storage hardware, bringing a novel feature to the world of thin provisioning: Hardware-assisted "zero-detection" to convert standard storage to thin provisioning. Although only certain special-case users will benefit from this technology, it's nice to see someone working on one of the pitfalls of the technology - that it's really hard … [Read more...] about 3PAR’s Thin Un-Provisioning is Slightly Less Bad
TechTarget recently uploaded three podcast versions of my SAN School series from Storage Decisions last year. These are audio-only, but I might be able to dig up the accompanying slides. If you're interested in this, please leave a note below or contact me through email. So without further ado, I present three lessons on SAN storage: SAN School Lesson One: … [Read more...] about SAN School Podcast Series Posted
Real Video: Where the SAN Stands Curious about the current state of SAN technology? Stephen Bigelow of TechTarget interviewed me (last summer) about SAN options, and the video is now live on their BitPipe site. Topics covered include combined iSCSI and FC SANs, ups and downs of modular storage and oversubscribed switches, next-generation SAN management applications, … [Read more...] about Where the SAN Stands
OK, so let me get this straight. A recent study in the UK shows that 94% of IT managers in the UK regularly buy more storage than they need, 38% of all storage is unused, and 69% find storage management increasingly difficult. Yet only 44% feel that they shouldn't have to do this? What's wrong with the other half? Are they happy buying more storage than they need? I … [Read more...] about 50% of UK IT Managers Must Be Crazy!