That didn't take long! Just two weeks ago, Xyratex announced that they would support Hitachi Global Storage's 2 TB enterprise hard disk drives. We wondered at the time which OEM would be the first to ship such massive drives, and our question is answered today. Pillar Data announced today that they are now supplying 2 TB enterprise disk drives. But Pillar is going with Western … [Read more...] about Pillar First To Put Faith In 2 TB Enterprise Drives
EMC's Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) was one of the most welcome annoucements made during the Symmetrix V-Max introduction. It would be a significant modernization of EMC's Symmetrix line, and would be one of the first unique features of the Symmetrix V-Max line. But many, including me, were disappointed to learn in May that FAST would not be available for upwards of a … [Read more...] about EMC V-Max FAST: Coming in December … And 2010!
I am pleased to be part of Cloud Slam '09, the cloud computing virtual conference! My presentation on Monday evening focuses on the emergence of cloud storage in the enterprise space: Why it's important, what it is, and how to act on it. I start by talking about the drivers, including the unexpectedly high cost of storage and the failures of tiered storage so far. I then … [Read more...] about My Cloud Slam Topic: Enterprise Storage (Predictable?)
Corporate IT is at a crossroads. The financial crisis has had a massive impact on budget priorities: Do more with less is the message of the day. But how can this be achieved? Challenges for Enterprise IT I've spent 15 years focused on the business of IT, with a special interest in data storage, since it makes up such a large part of modern information systems and … [Read more...] about Changing Times Demand Focus
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!