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IBM Says Tape Is Required to Handle Zettabytes of New Data

October 10, 2017

We’ve been talking about a coming Zettabyte Apocalypse for awhile now.  Cloud operators tell us that they are very concerned about how they will store all the bits — given the manufacturing limitations of current flash and disk storage vendors.  Tape, it appears, is an important part of the solution. IBM offers enterprise tape, aka […]

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IBM Announces LTO-8 Tape Drive

October 10, 2017

We heard that IBM was going to jump ahead with LTO-8 technology — even while LTO-7 was still selling briskly.  Curious to understand the reasoning, we jetted off to the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ to chat with some of the industry’s brightest about tape innovations and technologies.  We weren’t disappointed. Here is […]

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As Summer Winds to an End…

August 11, 2017

Summer 2017 was a very wet one here in Florida.  We took the edges of two tropical storms, with minor damage from the first.  But, thus far, the government predictions of a comparatively mild hurricane season have been spot on in the Atlantic and Gulf. I am worried, however, that folks are playing the odds […]

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DataCore’s 6th Annual State of Software-Defined Storage Report is Out

May 23, 2017

And I guess I might term it “guilty pleasure” reading for the Summer.  Here’s a link to the doc: DataCore 2017-Report_FINAL. Don’t get me wrong.  I love DataCore Software and use the latest rev on most of the storage in my lab and office.  Technically, though, I am not using it to do software-defined storage […]

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Data Management Blogs Posted by Starwind Software

May 23, 2017

Recently, I have taken a conversation with Anton Kolomeytsev, CEO of Starwind Software, and turned it into a series of posts on his blog (just added to my blogroll here, BTW.)  I thank Anton for the opportunity to cross-post and provide the links here to my work there. And while you are nosing around, check […]

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Cognitive Data Management is Gaining Attention

May 23, 2017

Readers of this blog know of our special interest in Cognitive Data Management.  We coined the term to combine the technologies of data management with the capabilities for automation enabled by various flavors of cognitive computing.  Frankly, at the current rates of data growth, we are going to need all of the cognitive engines we […]

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Tape Continues to Shine at IBM: Calline Sanchez

May 23, 2017

Regular readers of this blog know our view of tape — namely that it has a long runway ahead because of its capacity, durability and cost metrics.  Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.  Anyone who works for a silicon or disk storage vendor and says otherwise is a damned fool. Now that this is […]

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IBM’s Clod Barerra Opines On the Future of Storage

May 23, 2017

One of the distinct pleasures of doing these “man in the street” interviews at IBM events is that sometimes the man in the street is Clod Barerra.  Clod is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for Big Blue and a truly smart guy who makes himself accessible (meaning, he sticks his neck out) for […]

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IBM Herzog Likes His Storage Like His Steak: Pittsburgh Style

May 23, 2017

Anyone who knows steak, knows “Pittsburgh Style.” “Hot edge, cold center,” shouts the grill master, “The only way that a steak should be served!”  Perhaps IBM’s Eric Herzog would agree.  As Big Blue’s Vice President of Storage Systems Marketing, “hot edge, cold center” is Herzog’s mantra for building storage in 2017.  We happen to agree […]

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IBM’s Janowski Defines and Differentiates Software-Defined Infrastructure

May 23, 2017

At this year’s IBM InterConnect conference, we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing IBM’s Rick Janowski, a Portfolio Manager for IBM’s Software-Defined Infrastructure business.  We took the opportunity to get some clarifications, from IBM’s perspective, of what SDI and SDS (software-defined storage) really are and how IBM’s variant is differentiated from other approaches to […]

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