The Role of Storage in IBM’s New PureSystems
In the PureSystems launch, we saw the opening salvo in IBM’s use of expert integrated systems to reduce IT complexity and reduce costs. PureSystems strengthens an already strong bond between the company’s system "horse," which does the CPU pulling, and the storage "carriage," which carries the information payload.
Backing Up Cloud Apps
When I first heard that Backupify had developed a backup service for cloud applications like Facebook, I must admit I snickered a little at the thought of someone thinking that Facebook data was worth backing up to anyone but Facebook. When they called again and said they could now back up Google Apps, they got my attention.
RingCentral Puts A PBX In The Palm Of Your Hand
Telephony has certainly done its share of morphing during the last decade, as IP networks have invaded pretty much all communications spaces. The traditional PBX has given way to server-based voice systems, and wireless networking has stretched the paradigm even further. Enter both the cloud and mobile apps, and we have RingCentral’s latest strike in the battle for ever-more-powerful business communications.
It’s A Solid-State Symposium
Next week I’m off to sunny San Jose for the first Solid State Symposium and Storage Field Day. While Storage Field Day follows the general blogger’s tech-day format, the Solid State Symposium is a public event on Wednesday, when we’ll try to wrangle the future of solid state storage out of the sponsoring vendors and industry luminaries.
Mobile Data Meets Infrastructure--The Time Has Come
The usual scenarios discussed for mobile data tend to involve either single-user connectivity or mobile hotspots, and rarely get into the notion of using mobile links for "important" business connections. But that is changing, as more manufacturers work the value afforded by fast-enough carrier-provided network connections into their feature sets and more customers buy in. Whether used in a primary service role, or more commonly as wireless failover, 3G and 4G data links provide some interesting
vMotions a Killer App for 10GbE at Vonage
Every year since the first Global 2000 company installed VMware, server virtualization has been at the core of more and more data center architectures. Vonage is one major corporation that is now making the leap, and its architects shared with me how 10 Gigabit Ethernet is playing a key role in how the organization handles vMotions.
The Dodgy World Of Vendors' Customer Case Studies
This week I've had a couple of vendors that are heavily promoting their customer case studies. In the last 10 years, I've been on all three sides of the customer case study game, and it's worth pointing out the harsh realities. In my view, customer case studies are a deeply flawed metric for product evaluation because the process around them is highly distorted, if not plain dodgy.
If I Were King Of The Wireless Jungle
Given the number of players involved across all of today’s wireless and networking spaces, it is pretty amazing that our mobile connectivity is as good as it is. Regardless of what 802.11 standard you connect with, or what carrier facilitates your mobile data, the wireless world of today is generally impressive. But it could be better. If Wireless World were mine to run, here’s what I’d change. (Cue the day dream sound effects and wavy fading video.)
SNW Trots Out 'Cool' Storage Tech
The Storage Networking World I attended in Dallas last week was a substantially different event than SNWs of old. In the past, SNW was the event where storage vendors socialized with each other, mixing business and pleasure over drinks and the pre-conference golf outing. This SNW seemed to have a lot more end users there for the education sessions and hands-on labs.
The Ugly Break Up: Time for Your Apps to Part
The marketing is there, and has been for some time. Buzzwords have been coined and your interest is piqued. You sat back long enough to see if this was just vaporware or real, while gaseous. Cloud turns out to be more solid than its nomenclature. You’re ready, in fact you’re all in. Now the bad news: If you want to succeed in the cloud, the long-term relationship you've had with your apps must be broken up.
Should Amazon Define Cloud Standards?
Since Citrix gave Cloudstack to the Apache Software Foundation, there has been a lot of blogging, tweeting, and arguing about whether cloud computing software vendors should simply let Amazon AWS drive cloud computing standards. It's time for the stakeholders--enterprises, vendors, open source projects, and anyone else interested to start scoping, developing, and implementing standards that everyone can use.
Is Legacy Storage Dead?
Every major vendor will bring out a flash-only storage system before the end of the year--and almost every one of these products will fail. Legacy vendors have got to stop treating solid-state storage as if it were just a faster hard drive.
Virsto’s Storage Hypervisor Enables Storage to Play Nicely with Server Virtualization
On the whole, server virtualization has been a blessing due to physical machine to logical machine consolidation that leads to better system and CPU utilization and attendant improved IT cost economics. But servers are only part of broader interlocked “systems” of hardware components (including networks and storage) and software (including operating systems and applications) that must work in harmony together. And any change in one component (in this case, servers) may cause complica
The Promise of LTFS
A bit more than a year ago the folks behind the LTO tape format standards, primarily IBM, with some contributions from HP and Quantum, added the Linear Tape File System to LTO's feature list. While some niche markets, primarily the media and entertainment business, have adopted LTFS, it won't live up to it's promise without support from archiving and eDiscovery vendors.
Amazon APIs Are Fine ... For Amazon
If I didn't know better, I'd say that there are many in the cloud community who are happy to capitulate standards to Amazon. What's next? Letting Cisco define networking standards? Microsoft define OS, Web content and document standards? Apple define mobile platform standards? Or Oracle define SQL standards? Hitching the standards wagon to a vendor is a fundamental problem.
LSI Goes All Flashy
LSI has made several moves in the past few months that make it clear the company wants to evolve with the storage market as it makes the transition from spinning disks to solid state. LSI's latest solid-state products, the Nytro line, concentrate on bringing flash into the server, a transition I'm especially interested in. The company has also announced the first tool I’ve seen to help you figure out how flash can speed up your applications.
Security Practices From The Front Lines
In the age of LulzSec, industrial espionage, and everyday breaches, it's more important than ever to be proactive about security. These security measures and best practices will help keep your information safe.
I'm Your Customer, Not Your QA Department!
Bugs are operational failures by vendors and that not only wastes company's time tracking down, but has the long term impact of stopping companies from adopting new products and features for the sake of reliability. Here are 4 misconceptions vendors tell themselves, and us, about software bugs.
Aternity Goes Beyond Simple MDM
Better network management products have always been about rapidly boiling down complex environments into words and graphics that network administrators can easily draw accurate conclusions from. Server admins and router jockeys alike know the value of good management frameworks for end-user experience measurement, and now Aternity looks to bring the same philosophy and deep views to the mobile device realm.
Intel/InMage Delivers Business Continuity to the Lilliputian Server World
Many IT vendors tend to focus on the mid-market to enterprise market space, yet there is a sizable SMB market where customers actively purchase physical servers on a one-at-a-time basis. This might be called (in fond memory of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels) the Lilliputian server market.