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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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IBM Spectrum Accelerate (er…XIV…er…SDS…er…) Advances

May 5, 2016

If you are like me, you are still trying to get your head around the whole software-defined storage thing.  Some folks insist that it is an entirely new architecture, but I remember running into one of the folks who manages IBM’s System Managed Storage at their IBM Edge show last year who shook her head […]

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Are We Sure We Have Properly Defined Software-Defined Storage?

April 27, 2016

It’s an issue that has been nagging at me for quite awhile.  Who gets to decide what functionality belongs in a software-defined storage stack and what should belong to the array controller or the operating system?  I found my discussion with Chandra Mukhayala, IBM’s Portfolio Marketing Manager for File and Object Storage, on this topic […]

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IBM’s Ross Mauri Talks Mainframes, Hybrid Clouds and Bridging The Constituencies of IT

April 15, 2016

It isn’t every day that we score an interview with the General Manager of zSystems and LinuxONE, Ross Mauri.  He is a very busy guy working to bridge the constituencies — AppDev and Ops — within the data center, while adapting IBM’s mainframe narrative to the brave new world of hybrid clouds. So, when you […]

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