Money Talks. BS Walks.

July 20, 2015

That is a pretty straightforward summary of the webinar I am involved in this week with DataCore Software.  Fighting the Hidden Costs of Data Storage is the official title (though my original suggestions were a bit more flamboyant, shall we say) and our goal is to help folks to understand (1) why storage costs so […]

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The Most Important Topic in IT Today

July 15, 2015

I am making final preparations right now for our next IT-SENSE Brown Bag Webinar, which happens at Noon ET today, on the topic of IT Infrastructure Management.  As expected for a mid-summer event and one covering the topic of management technology, registrations for the live event are pretty sparse.  Unless there is a last minute […]

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Webinar Tomorrow: HAL 9000, Skynet, Pick Your Poison…

July 14, 2015

Is AI (as in artificial intelligence) going to be required to solve our infrastructure management challenges?  IBM has been talking a lot about using Watson technology to do the heavy lifting of status data collection and analysis in infrastructure monitoring and management.  Has it really gotten that bad?  Have we let things go to the point […]

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Open the Pod Bay Door, Hal

July 13, 2015

Stanley Kubrick’s great interpretation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in his 1968 film harkens back some cherished memories for me.  In its day, it was truly groundbreaking stuff with I think ZERO computer graphic effects.  Today, of course, it may have some quaint inaccuracies — for example, it took another decade or so […]

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Disaster Recovery and Dead Parrots on My Mind

July 13, 2015

I recently had a piece published on TechTarget’s SearchStorage site, entitled “Dump DR in Favor of High-Availability Features? Not So Fast!” (thanks to my friends there who are willing to provide a home for my unsolicited rants from time to time) that became something of a meme in various writings and presentations I have been delivering since late […]

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Catching Up with Caringo

June 22, 2015

Back from the many conferences I have attended leading up to the Summer, I had a chance to learn more about the state of object storage.  IBM’s folks have told me to “watch this space” suggesting that some moves in the object world might be in the offing.  In the meantime, I thought I should […]

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A Little Summer Reading

June 22, 2015

Having just finished a webinar with DataCore Software on the topic of Data Availability, I realized that this is a line of inquiry that is well worth addressing with as many software-defined storage vendors who will respond.  I have also written articles on this topic for the next issue of Virtualization Review and another for Enterprise Systems magazines […]

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Erik Eyberg Talks IBM Storage Strategy (Repost with corrections)

June 14, 2015

This is a repost of a previously posted interview with Erik Eyeberg, made as a correction to the previous blog that mislabeled Erik as Erik and Eyberg as Eyeberg.  He noted the discrepancy in an email on Friday and was so darned kind about it, my sense of guilt about my oversight was raised to […]

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The Buzz: Caringo Gets a Patent on DarkiveTM (Repost)

June 1, 2015

Readers of this blog may recall that I have been getting concerned about how we deal with the flattening of the storage infrastructure (the consolidation of storage tiers to just flash and disk) and still pursue must-have capabilities like data archive.  Face it, without archive, we will not be able to bend the storage cost curve […]

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Working on a New IT-SENSE webinar

June 1, 2015

The theme of the upcoming issue of IT-SENSE.org is Infrastructure and Data Management, so we were delighted when SolarWinds joined the sponsors roll for the issue. SolarWinds is a premiere provider of infrastructure management software, combining a suite of tools — some home grown at the company, others acquired from industry leaders — to deliver […]

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