Content posted in March 2009
Planning for the Rebound Recession
Commentary  |  3/31/2009  | 
It really comes down to selecting flexible systems with the ability to scale in very granular increments
Cloud Backup Not as Easy as It Looks
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
The problem is scale. Building an architecture to handle all that traffic and not lose anyone's data is a challenge
A New Pantheon of Network Convergence
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
QLogic's Gen2 converged network adapters will enable a faster adoption rate for Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Voice System Data Gives SMBs Decision-Making Power
Commentary  |  3/30/2009  | 
Mitel's new business dashboard offers small and midsize businesses real-time call reporting data that can enable your business to make smarter, faster, and cheaper choices.
Storm Clouds
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
The cloud frenzy is getting out of control. It may be time for a reality check
Is It Time to Leave Corporate IT?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
IT people deserve to get up every day looking forward to a job that challenges them. That may have to be in a smaller organization
What's Next With Flash?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
What we need is some kind of automagic mechanism for identifying the hot data and migrating it to the Flash-enabled Tier 0
The FCoE Effect
Commentary  |  3/24/2009  | 
The big winners could be the storage HBA vendors while the traditional IP card manufacturers may be at risk
Some Highlights Next Week
Commentary  |  3/24/2009  | 
The industry really has changed significantly just in the last two months.
Let's Bring Sanity to Disk Encryption
Commentary  |  3/23/2009  | 
Array manufacturers should build support for self-encrypting drives into the firmware of their RAID controllers
The Politics of Data Center Unification
Commentary  |  3/20/2009  | 
Infrastructure unification is almost certainly going to cause the network and storage groups to be merged into a single entity
Cisco Rocks the Data Center
Commentary  |  3/20/2009  | 
Networking giant Cisco has declared war on IBM and HP by introducing its own servers and trying to unify the data center fabric. As for storage, it took the smart
Sun As An Independent Business Unit Of IBM
Commentary  |  3/20/2009  | 
If IBM acquires Sun, and that prospect becomes increasingly likely with each day that passes without a denial, here's one thing it should consider doing: it should keep Sun intact and operate it as an independent business unit, much like EMC did with VMware.
Not So Secret Pricing
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
I have a couple of suggestions if you are looking for information on what storage systems really cost
HP Pushes Storage Infrastructure Economics
Commentary  |  3/19/2009  | 
The company is trying to convince storage customers that spending money on new products may lead to lower overall costs
Getting SharePoint Under Control
Commentary  |  3/18/2009  | 
As users embrace greater information sharing and collaboration, Mimosa is offering a centralized method to archive dispersed data, apply business polices, and avoid cost
EMC's 2009 Strategy & Technology Update
Commentary  |  3/18/2009  | 
CEO Joe Tucci details the ways in which the company has broadened its focus to encompass information and virtual infrastructure offerings
In Praise of Evangelists
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
The good ones will force you and me to reexamine things
Ask Not What IPT Can Do For You...
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
Cost savings don't happen on ROI worksheets; they have to happen on the ground, within the enterprise.
10G Ethernet Deployments Continue to Become Easier to Justify
Commentary  |  3/17/2009  | 
The need for higher speed networks is evident in many small and medium businesses. Companies are moving larger, more complex files, such as video and voice, from end station to end station and need more bandwidth to support those transactions. In response, one of the industrys leading networking vendors has tried to make it simpler for them to deploy 10G Ethernet connections.
Brits Have SSD Fun
Commentary  |  3/16/2009  | 
These boffins built a gamer's PC and hooked up 24 of Samsung's 250GB MLC SSDs to create a really fast 6-TB RAID array
More on SSDs as SSTs
Commentary  |  3/13/2009  | 
Enterprise flash is about a year old. I figure it will take us another three years to really know how to use it effectively
Changing Storage Priorities, Practices
Commentary  |  3/13/2009  | 
Join Byte and Switch and InformationWeek for a presentation of original research on the state of enterprise storage at our 'Innovations in Storage' Virtual Event
What Does It Cost?
Commentary  |  3/12/2009  | 
It seems that some storage vendors, software vendors in particular, just don't want to tell you what their products cost
Global CIO: How The Crash Will Affect Corporate IT
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
As you evaluate disruptive new technologies, challenge every IT truism and so-called best practice used over the last couple of decades to find ideas that work well in today's economy.
SSDs Are in the Cards
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
Flash cards are going to be very cost effective, and that makes it possible for an SSD purchase to fly under the radar
WAN Controller Gains Security Features
Commentary  |  3/10/2009  | 
The boundary lines between network and security functions have become blurrier recently. In response, one WAN controller supplier has integrated security features in its product, a change designed to make it easier for small and medium companies to manage their WAN connections.
Seagate, AMD Demo Faster SATA
Commentary  |  3/9/2009  | 
Products using the new 6 Gbit/s SATA interface should begin appearing later this year
What's Up At Cisco's Small Business Technology Group?
Commentary  |  3/8/2009  | 
Late last year, Cisco created a $100 million Small Business Technology Group (SBTG) to go after companies with fewer than 100 employees. But what exactly is that group all about, and what exactly does it do?
Backup Tapes Stolen From NYPD
Commentary  |  3/7/2009  | 
So what lessons can we learn from this? Encrypt your backup tapes. I'll keep telling you this til I stop seeing these stories come up
Storage Smackdown
Commentary  |  3/7/2009  | 
Storage vendor blogs are a good place to find product information, technical analysis, and the best trash-talking in the IT industry
Innovation Is Incremental
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Almost every technological revolution was really backed by a lot of evolution that then crystallized into one vision
VMware Announces Cloud Computing Initiatives
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
Is VMware's cloud initiative visionary? Absolutely. Is it achievable? Probably so. Will it be easy? Let me get back to you on that
Seagate, IBM & Bad Firmware
Commentary  |  3/5/2009  | 
If you've added any storage kit in the past nine months or so with 250 GB or larger drives, you may also face a problem
EMC Unveils Celerra Unified Storage Systems
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
The new systems target customers with Windows/Linux file server environments that also use Exchange and/or SQL Server and VMware for server virtualization
Future Of The Phone, Again
Commentary  |  3/4/2009  | 
We're in uncertain times now, and vendors have to try multiple approaches to find the right product mix going forward.
Cost Optimizing for Performance
Commentary  |  3/3/2009  | 
With larger drives and space optimization technologies, users have a lot of options for holding all their archive and backup data for a very long time
Clusters & Grids & Clouds! Oh My!
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
As reasonable storage geeks, we should be able to come up with a definition of cloud storage that serves us as users rather than the guy who wants to sell
Slow Economy Revives Fast Ethernet, NetGear Responds With New Stackable Switches
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
The economic meltdown can mean new life for mature but inexpensive and efficient technologies like fast ethernet, and Netgear is responding with a new line of physically stackable managed switches and by adding "green" enhancements to its unmanaged switch line.

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