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Vblogs from the Edge: IBM Spectrum and Data Management

October 31, 2016

Those of you who are following my writing these days may have noticed that I am very interested in the topic of data management, especially when the word “cognitive” is inserted as an adjective ahead of the expression.  Like so many concepts introduced by IBM years ago, the idea of data management is coming back […]

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The Ephemeral Cloud

October 27, 2016

A bunch of years ago, IDC and Gartner promised that if we were all good little girls and boys and said our prayers every night and abandoned legacy infrastructure for clouds, CAPEX spending for IT would all but end.  Plus, there would be peace on earth, a chicken in every pot, a corner office for […]

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Getting Continuity Planning Right…

October 27, 2016

Having a bit of experience in disaster recovery planning, I have often commented on the failure of the industry to get its collective act together and to combine the discipline of security planning with the continuity practice.  For a number of reasons, an artificial distinction has settled in that, frankly, makes sense only to those […]

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Is DeBeers the Next EMC?

October 27, 2016

I received a call a couple of days ago from a New York Times writer on deadline asking what I thought about the breakthrough in storage being hailed by some researchers at the City University of New York.  They were talking about storing data in diamonds.  Crappy diamonds with a lot of imperfections.  But diamonds […]

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VBlogs from IBM Edge 2016: Mainframe in the Cloud

October 26, 2016

Readers of this blog may recall past entries in which we argued that mainframes were, by all coherent definitions of the term, “clouds” in and of themselves.  This message seemed to be getting more play while we were at IBM Edge 2016 at MGM Grand a month or so back…especially from Steven P. Dickens, Senior […]

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ASCDI in Berlin: The Interviews, Part 2

October 24, 2016

Following up on the previous post, we were delighted to travel to Berlin in late May to interview members of ASCDI, an organization for secondary IT equipment sellers that convened its annual worldwide meeting in that historical backdrop.  ASCDI is doing the proverbial “Lord’s work” by setting a high bar for vendors in the secondary […]

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ASCDI in Berlin: Interviews

October 24, 2016

This past Summer, I toured Europe and visited with long time friends at ASCDI at their world conference in Berlin.  ASCDI is an association for secondary market vendors who trade mostly in off-lease server, network and storage gear.  Some vendors work on financing purchases while others provide equipment and/or service and support. Overall, the organization […]

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PRISM International Data Management Conference on Horizon

October 3, 2016

In  two days, I will be jetting up to Chicago (Rosemont, actually) for the PRISM International and Data Protection Association’s 2016 International Data Management Conference.  You can learn about it HERE. I am speaking on Storage Trends.  Hope to make it a bit entertaining so that these nice folks will invite me back another time.  […]

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As Summer Winds Down

October 3, 2016

This Summer has been the busiest I have had in nearly 10 years.  I was all over Europe in May, after IBM Interconnect, then working on numerous projects, ranging from a supercast on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure appliances, to a day-long training course on Continuity Planning in the Cloud Era.  That webinar, which you can replay HERE, […]

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Check Out Rosewill

October 3, 2016

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, no, I have not changed my policy of not allowing advertising on my blog.  I have agreed, however, to pass along some information for Rosewill, maker of great docking stations, drive enclosures and HDD docks that I use a lot in my own testing work.  They are having a […]

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