Miss Me?

September 3, 2014

August was a busy month and just whipped by.  I did several webcasts for 1105 Media/Virtualization Review/Redmond Magazine.  Wrote a bunch of articles and columns for the trade press and took a staycation that found me mending and painting and building — basically catching up on the honey-do list. Now that September has arrived, I […]

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Finally, A Sensible Statement About Clouds

July 29, 2014

And from an unexpected source.  A recent comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, Sex Tape, builds a comedic misadventure on the inadvertent upload to a cloud service of a explicit digital video recording made by a middle aged couple seeking to spice up their love life.  After uploading, the husband discovers that he can’t […]

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Heads Down Getting Ready for SHARE 2014

July 29, 2014

I will be talking about Disaster Recovery Requirements in the Agile Mainframe Data Center on Friday, August 8, in Pittsburgh. The talk has been selected for live streaming, so the world will be able to tune in. If you are interested, here is a link to register for SHARE. LINK I am going to count […]

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The Irritation of Storage Tribalism (and Comment Response)

July 9, 2014

I know, I know. As a tech writer and blogger, I should be immune to the occasional pushback from readers who hold views that differ from my own. I usually have a pretty thick skin, but I really hate it when I take the time to respond to commenters only to have the comment facility […]

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Linear Tape File System: The Only Real Software-Defined Storage?

July 8, 2014

  At the IBM Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas this past May, I had the chance to reconnect with the IBMers most responsible for the development and marketing of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). I had interviewed Ed Childers, who hails out of IBM Tucson, before. He has been my go-to guy on […]

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Storage for the Tragically Un-Hip

July 2, 2014

  I have been hearing from readers recently who, while complimenting me on my practical articles on topics such as storage efficiency, common sense storage architecture, and so forth, point out that I am covering topics that the “hip and cool” generation of IT folk don’t really care about. For example, I have just completed […]

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Stupid Pundit Tricks Spill Over into Tech

June 24, 2014

I have been watching with equal parts amusement and disdain as Congressman Issa’s interrogations have proceeded regarding the IRS’ selections of which 501(c)(4) organizations to scrutinize before granting tax exempt status. The amusing part has been, of course, the dazzlingly inane politicization of the event.  It was discovered that a couple of IRS centers were […]

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Sorting Out the File Junk Drawer Replay Ready

June 24, 2014

At the beginning of the Summer, we rolled ut of the IT-SENSE.org Brown Bag Webinar Series, as those of you who joined us already know. We did three shows in three weeks, working to keep your commitment of time to around 45 minutes and our commitment to delivering useful information at 110%. We have paused […]

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Tarmin: It’s All About the Data

June 16, 2014

At the just concluded IBM Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas, one of the highlights for me was having a chance to catch up with Linda Thomson, Marketing Director for Tarmin. I knew Linda from her time at QStar Technologies, where she ran worldwide marketing, and I had been hearing positive things about Tarmin’s GridBank technology for a […]

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VSAN in a Nutshell

June 13, 2014

If you agree that shared storage is better than isolated islands of storage, that some sort of virtualized SAN beats the socks off of server-side DAS, that hypervisor and storage hardware agnosticism beats hypervisor or hardware lock-in’s, that aggregated storage capacity AND aggregated storage services make for better resource allocation than service aggregation alone, and […]

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