I stepped into a hornet nest this week when I posted a write-up about a new flash storage array from Pure Storage. The controversy had nothing to do with the underlying technology, which seems quite sound. Rather, it was all about pricing, with Pure's competitors calling foul on their price comparisons. You're Not Buying Gigabytes In a world of 3 TB drives, storage capacity … [Read more...] about When Pricing Gets Squishy Competition Heats Up
Thin provisioning is a topic that is interesting to me. Now, I have to warn you ahead of time that I've been a critic of thin provisioning for a long, long time. So, you're really not going to get a big cheer leader "rah rah" session here. I feel like too many people use technologies like thin provisioning more for political and management problems than technical problems. … [Read more...] about Storage is Not Getting Cheaper
Since all the cool companies are offering capacity guarantees these days, I thought I might as well throw my hat into the ring and offer one, too. Starting now, I guarantee any takers an easy plan to write 50% more production data to your existing storage environment. Even better, I'll do it with no additional hardware or software to purchase and install and no complicated … [Read more...] about Stephen Foskett’s 50% Free Capacity Guarantee!
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!