Commentary
Content posted in May 2009
All Archive Data is Not Alike
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Just because we call all the data users aren't changing on a daily basis archival, that doesn't mean it's all the same. The 31-day old email that's been replaced with a stub in the user's mailbox and the 15 year old X-ray HIPPA requires you to keep don't need the same SLA and may be better served by different storage systems.
The Five Dimensions of Storage
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Scientists are developing new materials and techniques to store data in five dimensions, which could lead to disks that hold 10 TB. That's great for consumers, but does it make sense for enterprise storage systems?
Linux And Active Directory: Learning To Live Together
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Looking for a good way to integrate your company's Linux desktops with Microsoft Active Directory? Novell just might offer the easiest solution -- but it certainly isn't the only game in town.
Are We Putting The Cart Before the FCoE Horse?
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
I have been in several meetings discussing FCoE with a customer, and we were introducing the network guys to the storage guys because they had never met before.
EMC Announces 3,892,179,868,480,350,000,000
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
The IDC Digital Universe study continues to chart the remarkable growth of digital information, which is expanding at very near incomprehensible rates. Much of this growth can be linked to the innovation of storage media vendors.
Intel and FCoE: The Power of Incumbency
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
The Open FCoE initiative will eventually succeed because everyone but QLogic and Emulex wants to leave behind the proprietary driver model that has been the basis of expensive Fibre Channel adapters for years. I believe Intel's approach is a winner and clearly stems from the experience of a company that is the incumbent leader in an adapter market where over 100 million ports migrated to 1 GbE.
Storing Archival Data - Part Deux
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
Now that you've decided to build a real archive you need to figure out where, both physically and technically, you're going to keep it. Archives are data Roach Motels -- data goes in but doesn't check out for a long time. Which means it will outlast the 5-7 year useful life of most disk systems. Archive systems need to insure data integrity beyond vendor's end of life declarations.
Donatelli Finally Joins HP, But Can't Work on Storage (Yeah, Right)
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
A Massachusetts court says the former EMC executive can go to work at Hewlett-Packard, but he has to stay away from storage systems for 12 months. If you believe that will happen, I've got a nice bridge to sell you.
Small Biz Focus with Cisco Router, Switch Enhancements
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
While much of the attention recently has been on Ciscos Nexus router line, the company rolled out a number of enhancements to its legacy lines. Improvements were made to the companys Integrated Services Routers (ISR) and Catalyst 4500 and 6500 switches, so these products offer more network integration, are more energy efficient, and do a better job of supporting unified communications (UC) applications.
Another Way To Kill The Desk Phone
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
How do Cisco and Avaya not surrender the IP phone as a high-margin sale?
EMC's New Backup Capabilities Can Boost Efficiency
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
All in all, EMC's new backup efficiency offerings offer a number of new and enhanced capabilities that customers should find attractive.
Did My FCoE Prediction Come True?
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
FCoE vendors will fight it out over OEM relationships and systems vendors will align with those hardware suppliers who are on the fast track to deliver tangible connectivity products to market.
Production Pain Points
Commentary  |  5/26/2009  | 
You don't have to use Production software to please opposing counsels. Use it to make your life easier -- and the judge happier.
Storage Industry Consolidation
Commentary  |  5/22/2009  | 
The move by NetApp to buy Data Domain has rekindled speculation that more deals are on the way. It is time to place some small bets on who will buy who.
The Question of Tape
Commentary  |  5/22/2009  | 
Companies used to plead hardship in an attempt to avoid searching tape for discovery motions, but that excuse is swiftly falling by the wayside.
NetApp Buys Data Domain
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
Dedupe just become front and center and the rest of the storage gang is going to have to have a solution or explain why they do not.
Of Backups and Archives
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
The time has come for us all to stop holding backup tapes for years at a time and pretending they're an archive.
UC Market Looks Wide Open
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
Synergy's market share numbers indicate that, on a global basis, this is still pretty much anybody's ballgame.
Managing a Tape Environment Is No Longer an Oxymoron
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Crossroads combination of a ReadVerify Appliance along with its three tape environment services should provide enterprises the tools they need to better manage and maintain their tape environments.
A Big Number
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
There is good news for storage pros -- the amount of data being created is growing faster than expected. The bad news for IT departments -- the growth of data is even faster than expected.
Nortel Tries to Breathe Life into Network Equipment Line
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Nortel has gone through a harrowing series of events in the last six months, culminating in the companys filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While that event makes buying the companys wares a risky proposition, the vendor unveiled a comprehensive series of enhancements designed to keep the company afloat.
Backup Conversions
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Converting from one backup application to another always makes me think of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Vendor Unification Brings Innovation to Ethernet
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
The new technology battleground of CEE / FCoE has thrown these vendors, in some cases naked, into the Ethernet market.
A Real Storage Guarantee -- and the Need for a Backup Guarantee
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Isilon and NetApp are putting their money where their features are. How about a 100% recovery guarantee from backup vendors?
I'm Going to The BD Event, Should You?
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
The BDEvent in Boston next month has no exhibit hall, no sponsors, no end users -- just vendors with stories to tell and folks in a position to spread the word or invest money to listen.
E-discovery Stakeholders and the Integrated Platform
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
It is clearly in the enterprise's best interests to control costs related to e-discovery, GRC, and storage management. An integrated platform can help control costs by searching and presenting the right data to the requesting process.
Oracle As Storage Vendor
Commentary  |  5/15/2009  | 
Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems has many folks confused. Given Oracle's reputation for playing hardball with its customers, can it make it as a storage vendor?
Integrated Data Protection Challenges
Commentary  |  5/15/2009  | 
I'd much rather backup vendors focus on nailing the backup process instead of adding new applications to their portfolio.
Are the 10K Drive's Days Numbered?
Commentary  |  5/14/2009  | 
A system with 10% to 20% of its capacity in flash and the rest in 1- or 2-TB 2.5" drives might be cost and performance competitive with systems that use 15K drives and less sophisticated data location technologies -- like making the storage guy figure it out.
E-discovery and the Archive
Commentary  |  5/14/2009  | 
E-discovery does not begin with a litigation matter. It begins with well-managed archives, document retention policies that do not depend on individual employees, and enforceable procedures.
IBM's Launches New Storage Infrastructure Initiatives
Commentary  |  5/13/2009  | 
With these announcements, IBM is staying abreast of some of the most important trends in the storage industry -- Fibre Channel over Ethernet, full-disk encryption and solid-state disks.
Mellanox ConnectX ENt: A Breakthrough for 10-Gbps LOM
Commentary  |  5/13/2009  | 
This is an important milestone as it represents a breakthrough in the technology trend that is going to lead mass adoption of unified networking.
Whose Fault Is The IP Phone?
Commentary  |  5/13/2009  | 
An enterprise manager has to ask whether a straight TDM-for-IP phone replacement is worth the cost.
IBM Acquires Exeros
Commentary  |  5/12/2009  | 
Exeros' technology can be used to automatically uncover hidden relationships between databases, helping users quickly make sense of disparate data sources, IBM says.
SAN Guarantees
Commentary  |  5/12/2009  | 
I've rarely heard of a customer actually returning a system, even if they hate the choice they made.
More on Canada and E-discovery
Commentary  |  5/12/2009  | 
Although e-discovery is a challenging process in any country, I believe that Canada has done a better job of controlling runaway costs related to e-discovery.
WAN Controller Provides VoIP Redundancy
Commentary  |  5/12/2009  | 
A growing number of small and medium businesses are turning to Voice over IP (VoIP) to cut their telecommunications costs. One challenge is this transport option is not as reliable as the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Consequently, one network equipment vendor is trying to close that gap.
Live From C-Drive
Commentary  |  5/11/2009  | 
Compellent's automatic data progression that moves data pages between tiers of storage in a Storage Center is already the most sophisticated way to take advantage of SSDs in a SAN array.
Security In A World of Virtualized IT Infrastructures
Commentary  |  5/11/2009  | 
VMware and EMC's RSA are working together to help customers extend the benefits of virtualization across their most sensitive business information and applications.
Leveraging the Left: The Role of Collection in High ROI
Commentary  |  5/11/2009  | 
Leveraging an e-discovery platform to serve multiple business processes such as governance, risk, compliance and data retention can significantly raise ROI.
Qlogic& NetXen 1+1=1.5?
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
FCoE is the VTL of storage protocols, letting us use Ethernet for transport while still looking to the host and SAN management software like we were running on a Fibre Channel SAN, just as a VTL lets us use disk for storage while looking to our backup software like we were using tape.
CA Strengthens Its Recovery Management Portfolio
Commentary  |  5/7/2009  | 
Proper disaster recovery testing is disruptive, complex and an administrator burden, so many IT organizations would like to sweep it under the rug. Anything that makes effective DR testing feasible and easier is to be welcomed.
Owning The Silicon May Make All The Difference
Commentary  |  5/6/2009  | 
Time-to-market for tangible FCoE connectivity products may simply boil down to who actually owns the silicon that the connectivity cards, switches, server and storage products are built upon.
Voltaire: Bringing Low Latency Networking to Main Street
Commentary  |  5/6/2009  | 
I expect Voltaire's new Scale Out Ethernet architecture and products to help accelerate the deployment of low-latency networks for high-performance business computing used by Wall Street.
Unification vs. Best of Breed
Commentary  |  5/6/2009  | 
Most vendors can do one product category really well, two categories pretty well and then fall apart after that.
Mapping: The Basis of Information Management
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Know what information you have, know where it is and know how you can use it
The Storage Behind The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
If your provider is down and can't return you to operations quickly, the only thing a service-level agreement is good for is a lawsuit
Videoconferencing Seeks Its Moment In The Sun
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
With the double whammy of a global recession turning business travel into an expensive indulgence even as swine flu fears make it seem downright dangerous, small and midsize companies have never been more interested in finding ways to do business without leaving their desks.


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