Speak of the Devil: Caringo Gets a Patent! (Repost)

May 27, 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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My Contribution to IBM Edge 2015

May 26, 2015

First off, and for the record, I was at IBM Edge 2015 for the entire week as a guest of IBM.  I doubt that they sprung for my room and board because of my pleasant personality, or for that matter in exchange for my skills as a fat-fingering live Tweeter.  Those things they could get from any number of […]

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Interview with DataCore’s Ziya Aral Part 1

May 26, 2015

In case you haven’t seen the notices or been poked in Twitter, Linked In or email, I am doing a webinar with DataCore Software on 3 June at 2PM EDT on the subject of Data Availability.  Registration is HERE if you have a mind to attend. This is the third of four of these webinars […]

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The Object of Objects Part 2

May 26, 2015

The name of the game these days is efficiency.  IT is supposed to deploy resources and infrastructure efficiently, respond to changing workload demands with elastic efficiency, provision data protection and archive services efficiently, utilize storage and other resources efficiently…you get it.  There is nothing new about this mantra, but it doesn’t mean we ever paid […]

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The Object of Object Storage Part 1

May 26, 2015

Like many folks, I suppose, I have been equally enamored and repelled by the advent of object storage.  It seems like a great way to begin sorting out the storage junk drawer — storing data as objects seems much more efficient than storing data as files in a hierarchical file system structure.  However, every time it […]

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Tape Capacity Leaps Ahead…Again!

April 10, 2015

Imagine how amused I was when, in researching the presentation I will be delivering in London this Tuesday on Business Continuity in a Non-Stop World, I ran across a guest blog by a DRaaS vendor dissing tape.  Mr. Ledbetter of Zetta argued that you needed to use a cloud based DRaaS provider because cloud backup […]

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Software-Defined Storage Meets LTFS Tape

April 1, 2015

Continuing my interview from IBM InterConnect 2015 with Clod Barerra, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for IBM System Storage, our conversation took an unconventional direction.  Given the propensity of SDS to “flatten” storage infrastructure (eliminating tiers of storage by replacing them with simple direct-attached storage nodes), I was curious to learn how Big Blue would bring […]

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Getting Ready for Another IT-SENSE Brown Bag Webinar

April 1, 2015

Mark your calendars for High Noon (Eastern Time) Wednesday 8 April — one week from today — for the next Brown Bag Webinar from IT-SENSE.  This time, we are going to tackle the topic of Avoiding Snake Oil in Software-Defined Storage.  My guest will be Anatoly Vilchinsky of StarWind Software and together we will try […]

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Another Perspective on Software-Defined and Hyper-Converged

March 31, 2015

At IBM InterConnect 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with Clod Barerra, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for IBM System Storage, for an ad hoc discussion of software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and IBM’s evolving strategy for both.  We were supposed to focus on XIV, which IBM has returned to a pure software […]

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Thank you…Thank you…Thank you!

March 31, 2015

Mucho gracias!  Molto grazie! Merci beaucoup!  Danke schoen!  Arigato gozaimasu!  Большое спасибо!  And so forth… To everyone who made today’s webcast, A Hype-Free Guide to Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, a big success.  I am told that attendance was four times what was expected and most everyone stayed to the end.  Sponsor DataCore Software was delighted (they called me a […]

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