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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High Noon on Agile Mainframe Data Centers

October 14, 2014

The agile mainframe data center idea is being promoted by everyone from CA Technologies to IBM to the many hardware and software peddlers that crowd the increasing number of mainframe oriented events happening around the world these days.  (Yes, I said increasing number, in recognition that mainframes are once again mainstream for a number of […]

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Agile: The Unicorn of Contemporary IT

October 14, 2014

There is nothing wrong with the idea of agile computing.  In fact, I would argue that it reflects a set of values and goals that have defined my role in IT over the years. Who doesn’t want an IT service that responds quickly to business needs, one that can turn on a dime as the […]

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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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