IBM Interconnect Update Day 1

February 23, 2015

Being one of the older folks at the IBM Interconnect show, I need to confess to being a bit dazed and confused.  This show is definitely a mix of older technology norms and newer memes.  The opening keynotes were as good as any I have seen at a show of this type — a good mix […]

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z13 Momentum Building

February 22, 2015

I can’t remember the last time that the mainframe received the kind of attention in “mainstream” tech publications that it has in recent weeks.  Following a brilliant launch event for IBM’s new z System offering in mid-January, Big Blue has taken the show on the road throughout the world.  Able evangelists include IBM VP Kathryn […]

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Tape in 2015: Still a Comer

January 27, 2015

I recently read a blog at Storage Switzerland that got me a little aggravated.  Even more aggravating is the fact that my recent switchover from BlackBerry to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 “phablet” left behind my link to the irritating piece.  I have been all over George’s site, he is the proprietor of Storage Switzerland, […]

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Again with the Data Lifecycle Management

January 20, 2015

Okay, so I am being swept up a bit by the pro-French meme that has found its way into social media of late.  I prepared a slide deck a while back called Les Data Miserables that my sponsor asked me not to use during my last trip to Europe, so I have some art that is available for […]

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z13 Virtual Machine Hosting: Still a Bit Cloudy

January 20, 2015

Okay, so I have been doing something of an excited jig around the new IBM System z mainframe, the z13.  I am impressed by how much performance, capacity and durability the IBMers have engineered into the rig.  And I am impressed by the economics we have been told to expect from the box.  Imagine standing […]

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Still Loving Tape in 2015

January 17, 2015

Regular readers of this blog know probably too well my long standing affection for tape technology.  I know.  I know.  Cloud (mostly disk-based) storage is getting pretty cheap as the price wars between the industrial farmers in the cloud — Google, AWS and Microsoft — continue to exert downward pressure.  That’s all good, until it […]

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Live. From The Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. It’s the z13 Mainframe!

January 17, 2015

I shot a bit of video of the internals of the z13 Mainframe when I attended the launch party that IBM convened at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Here is what can best be called a few beauty passes for all the gear heads out there. Note:  I couldn’t get anyone […]

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A New Year and a New Enterprise Compute Platform: Welcome z13

January 14, 2015

 It is perhaps appropriate that my first post of 2015 covers the first truly exciting technology news of the year:  the introduction today of the latest IBM System z Mainframe, the z13. I am in New York City today and will shortly head over to the Lincoln Center to attend the formal launch event.  Expect […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to Our Loyal Readers

November 25, 2014

We have been busy with travel and development, working on a re-boot of the Data Management Institute to coincide with a free on-line video-based training program called Storage Fundamentals which we hope to complete by end of January.  Several sponsors have joined in and we are looking for additional support from the disk array crowd […]

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My Bad…

October 14, 2014

I inadvertently said that our next IT-SENSE webinar was tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.  It is in fact on Thursday at noon EST.  I am overly energized, I guess, and anxious to get going with this discussion of the vulnerabilities that are being encouraged by agile mainframe data center hype.  Please join us on THURSDAY at […]

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