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
Iomega is well into its second coming as EMC's entry-level storage division. First, they applied EMC's compact and full-featured LifeLine home storage software to existing gear, giving birth to the Home Media Network Hard Drive, StorCenter ix2, and StorCenter Pro ix4-100. Then they wooed the small-business community with the rack-mount StorCenter ix4-200r, adding iSCSI target … [Read more...] about Iomega’s ix4-200d: A Killer Desktop Storage Array
This world of cloud computing sure can seem cloudy. Last night at CloudCamp Columbus, I led a session outlining the incredible differences between the diverse offerings all called cloud storage. How can companies like Amazon, Nirvanix, Rackspace, EMC, and the rest use the same name for such vastly different products? … [Read more...] about CloudStuff Versus Stuff in the Cloud
I've been using Dreamhost as my hosting provider since 2000, mostly happily. But last year I began receiving enough traffic that I could no longer rely on shared hosting. Last Fall, I switched all of my domains to a virtual private server at Dreamhost - an easy upgrade that doubled my hosting bill but promised all the performance I would need. Sadly, this was not the … [Read more...] about Apologies For The 404s!
I've just finished my day in Charlotte on my Storage Virtualization Seminar tour for TechTarget. We had another great crowd - everyone seemed interested even if some were shy about speaking up. I was especially pleased to see the optimism about the city's post-Wachovia future. Comments at the event focused on management, with my concerns about ownership and … [Read more...] about Storage Virtualization Charlotte: Thoughts and Reactions