Virtualization of IT systems decouples physical infrastructure from logical resources, hiding complexity and enabling new capabilities. However, not all potential benefits of virtualization have meaningful value outside IT circles: Too many of our discussions revolve around the very complexity that virtualization technology should be hiding! True business value is derived from … [Read more...] about Where Will Virtualization of Data Center Infrastructure Take Us?
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 began by introducing the core problem: Storage isn't getting any cheaper due to storage utilization and provisioning problems. Thin provisioning isn't all it's cracked up to be, but it has a place. So what's wrong with it? The problem with thin provisioning starts with the telephone game. Did you ever play the telephone game as a kid? Maybe you whisper "I like … [Read more...] about Thin Provisioning: Playing the Telephone Game
Well that was interesting! I spent Monday and Tuesday with a dozen bloggers in Colorado Springs learning about HP's key StorageWorks products from the executives and engineers of that storied company. Throughout the event, we listened, asked tough questions, and tweeted incessantly. HP Tech Day generated an avalanche of publicity for the company, including press articles and … [Read more...] about The Truth About HP’s Tech Day
I've been talking about storage capacity utilization for my entire career, but the storage industry doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. Every year or so, a new study is performed showing that half of storage capacity in the data center is unused. And every time there is a predictable (and poorly thought through) "networked storage is a waste of time" response. The good news … [Read more...] about Storage Utilization Remains at 2001 Levels: Low!