Webinar Tomorrow: From Blue Sky to Business Value with Tape Technology

June 11, 2014

This is the part of a technology presentation that never seems to find air time elsewhere:  translating the vision of cost-containment, risk reduction and productivity improvement touted by a technology vendor or evangelist into a workable and sustainable strategy for deployment and operation. Join us tomorrow to learn about how you can avoid the common […]

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Can’t Get Enough of My Hairbrained Views?

June 9, 2014

Here are a couple of other places where you can read my views regularly if you want. I have been writing for Bob Thomas since his magazine was called IBM Mainframe Journal.  Now he calls his magazines Enterprise Systems Management and Enterprise Systems Tech and you can often find columns by me on the last […]

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Thursday Webinar: Tape Archive Tips

June 9, 2014

Join us at Noon Eastern this week for the final IT-SENSE.org Brown Bag Webinar until August.  This week, we are going to go from Blue-Sky to Business Value and provide tips for deploying tape in a manner that realizes all of the cost-savings and high minded data management goals we’ve been talking about in the […]

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Thunderbolt Provides Great Storage Interconnect for Video Edits

June 6, 2014

We are currently working on yet another set of video clips from interviews shot at IBM Edge 2014 with Tarmin and with IBM storage folk.  Those will be posted shortly.  But I wanted to pause to give a shout out to Promise Technology for its Pegasus array, which we have direct-attached via Thunderbolt to our […]

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Regarding the Amazon Clouds

June 5, 2014

I received an email today from someone who attended one of my sessions at IBM Edge in which I said something disparaging of public cloud services generally and mentioned Amazon specifically.  He said that he didn’t recall exactly what I said, but since his firm was considering using Amazon for some services, he wanted to […]

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Small But Enthusiastic Turn-Out for Yesterday’s Brown Bag Webinar

June 5, 2014

Yesterday, we had the second Brown Bag Webinar and Between Two LUNs event from IT-SENSE.org.  This time, things went much more smoothly.  BrightTalk’s audio bridge stayed up and running and we finished at 47 minutes, just two minutes over our promised 45 minute cutoff. The replay is available now and I think that everyone should […]

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Gearing Up for a Virtualization Review Supercast with Veeam & CommVault

June 5, 2014

  At 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern, I will be speaking and moderating a supercast for Virtualization Review on Data Protection for Virtual Machines.  Registration is here. The two vendor speakers on the call represent CommVault and Veeam.  So as not to overlap their content or to appear to endorse either of these very different approaches for […]

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Tarmin, CommVault, SolarWinds…The List of Smarter Software Continues to Grow

June 3, 2014

Those of my readers who have been to my seminars have probably seen this bit of art decrying the core problems that I see with storage, and why I am increasingly concerned that dark days are ahead in which we might see a data disaster.     And you have probably heard me argue that […]

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IBM’s Elastic Storage and Crossroads’ StrongBox DataManager: Are We Getting a Clue?

June 3, 2014

Data storage expense is no longer regarded as a simple “cost of doing business.”  Consuming between 33 and 70 cents of every dollar spent on IT hardware, storage infrastructure is increasingly viewed by corporate budget hawks as the proverbial nail in search of a cost cutting hammer. At the same time, businesses in certain industry […]

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Saved from the Jaws of Defeat: The First Brown Bag Webinar Gets 4.8 of 5.0

May 29, 2014

We promised that IT-SENSE.org would deliver a lunch time (EST) webinar of no more than 45 minutes in length, commencing at Noon and finishing at 12:45.  We got on the phone at 11:15 and prepped for the show.  We pushed the GO button at noon and started in on the show.  Four minutes later, the […]

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