Commentary
Content posted in June 2009
Clouds And Claims Seem To Go Hand-in-Hand
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
I've seen something in storage that really stretches the "cloud" positioning pretty far out there. Recently, Emulex claimed they have a cloud adapter. A cloud adapter? InfiniBand adapters, Fibre Channel adapters and iSCSI adapters are well understood and deployed; but a cloud adapter?
InfiniBand Port Counters Reset: Market Reconfigured
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I expect competition in the all important Director Switch arena to really heat up in the second half of 2009 as vendors attempt to capitalize on the QDR inflection point to grab market share and fill the void left by Cisco. I expect the new 864-port QLogic 12000, 648-port IS5000 from Mellanox and the 324-port Grid Director 4700 from Voltaire to begin shipping to end-users in the second half of 2009. Unveiled last November at SC08, the QLogic 12000 stands out in this new class of huge InfiniBand
NetGear Adds PoE Stackable Switches to Line
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Increasingly, small and medium businesses are using IP to collapse their voice and data networks. Rather than manage two autonomous networks, corporations can combine the two, which eases management functions, lowers costs, and increases efficiency. However, these new converged networks require additional capabilities, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), so NetGear added that feature to its switches.
Strange but True: Counsel and IT Should Actually Talk
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Energy Brands' counsel and IT department communicated poorly and the results could have been devastating. They dodged the bullet but will you?
Green IT Survives The Recession, Will Green Storage?
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
George asks when will green storage be a key part of the green IT effort?
Native Format? Not so Fast
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
IT may be called on to produce literally millions of pages of discovered data. The product may be printed or electronic or both and IT may have little warning.
Storage vendors make value plays
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
With the economy struggling at best vendors are flooding my inbox with products that promise to deliver Peter Luger's or Ruth's Chris quality at Sizzler, or at least Outback Steakhouse, prices. Money's tight and vendors that boost their value will get more business now and customer loyalty in the long run. Here are a few I found interesting and a vendor bucking the trend.
Storage Education Gains More Respect — Finally!
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
Although numerous exciting things are happening in the other five IT infrastructure components (such as server virtualization and Web development), we would argue that over the last five years storage-related innovation has outstripped them all.
The Cloud Needs Fast, Scalable Storage
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
While cloud storage providers need scalable, inexpensive but reliable slow storage, cloud compute providers typically need fast, scalable storage. In this case you have potentially thousands of users, asking potentially hundreds of users to request data from potentially one massive storage array and it can often become the bottleneck.
Virtual Instruments: Imagine an MRI in every home
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
Imagine if there were MRIs with hardware so affordable and software so friendly that we could all have one in our home. Instead of using the procedure only after a doctor was unable to diagnose our condition, we would step into our home MRI each morning for a preventative look deep into our internal organs. A spin-off of Finisar in 2008, Virtual Instruments is an exciting new company that has taken existing pieces of very sophisticated technology, added some more sophisticated technology, and
Slip Sliding Away
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
As if we weren't having enough fun integrating flash and RAM SSDs into the datacenter; startup DataSlide is proposing a new magnetic storage device that promises to deliver performance well beyond today's flash based SSDs. It's pretty cool to dream but like holographic storage the vibrating hard drive may be a year away forever.
Nortel Sale Portends Breakup, Impact On SMBs Still Unclear
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
The annnouncement of Nokia Siemens acquiring Nortel's CDMA, LTE assets for $650 million makes it clear that the company will be sold off in parts. But it sheds little light on the fate of the enterprise network equipment business group, which is what most small and midsize companies care about most.
Dedupe's Next Era - Part Two
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
The most significant component of this next era will be the move out of backup focused deduplication and up the storage stack to the secondary and primary storage tiers.
Network Equipment Supplier Adds Another Storage System
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
Long, long ago in a galaxy, far, far away, network equipment vendors produced items, such as routers and switches. Recently, these companies have been moving into a number of other venues, such as security and even storage. So in response to this trend, a leading small and medium company network equipment supplier added a high-end storage system to its product line.
Cost-Conscious Buyers Force Verizon Business To Repackage Web Center
Commentary  |  6/22/2009  | 
When the economy seemed strong, plenty of companies were willing to pony up for the full multimedia version of Verizon's Web Center contact center service. But now, not so much. So Verizon has come up with Web Center Voice, which leaves out the multimedia, and half the cost.
Big Businesses Like Verizon, But SMBs Choose Cablevision's Optimum Business
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
J.D. Power and Associates' new 2009 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Study shows that rankings of satisfaction with telecommunications providers varies according to company size, with smaller and larger companies preferring different providers.
Cisco on FCoE: Masters of Convergence
Commentary  |  6/19/2009  | 
I am completely amazed at how the masters of convergence somehow managed to get several football teams (Fibre Channel vendors) and soccer teams (InfiniBand vendors) to play for all the marbles in a new basketball (Ethernet) league against the perennial world champion Cisco team. I think Cisco is well positioned to succeed in the new league.
HP Users Ring My Phone Off The Hook
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
HP customers have been calling to share some of their concerns regarding Brocade's HBAs as they relate to HP environments.
IBM Introduces Commercial Cloud Services and Solutions
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
IBM introduced its new Smart Business cloud portfolio, described as the industry's first set of commercial cloud computing services and integrated products for the enterprise. According to the company, these solutions offer clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly becoming too costly or difficult to use
Videoconferencing Pushes For SMB Adoption
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
New HD video conferencing options from Tandberg, plus new members in a videoconferencing interoperability alliance show continuing momentum to get smaller companies to adopt the technology.
Practical Analysis: Follow The Feds' Lead In Identity Management
Commentary  |  6/18/2009  | 
Harnessing the power of a solid identity management system can substantially improve your company's risk management posture.
DeDupe's Next Era -- Part One
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
Many will say that the next area of focus for dedupe will be in archive and primary storage -- and it will. But understand that backup will continue to be a major focus as it remains the greatest source of redundant data sets.
How Secure Are SIP Trunks?
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
The basic issue seems to be that a SIP trunk is an IP connection, and any IP connection can be sniffed pretty easily.
News from the SSD front
Commentary  |  6/17/2009  | 
Since I just couldn't face writing the umpteenth installment in the never ending archive saga this afternoon we'll go back to the SSD market where STEC has hit a billion dollar market cap while startups are bragging about 500,000 IOPS and the storage equivalent of power too cheap to meter trying to steal STEC's thunder.
Does IT Have to Worry about Compliance? (You Bet)
Commentary  |  6/16/2009  | 
IT bears a big responsibility for corporate compliance. Managing retention, keeping data available, and checking messaging for compliance all fall under IT's domain.
The Costs of Long Term Storage
Commentary  |  6/15/2009  | 
I thought I could put together a spreadsheet to calculate the TCO of various storage techniques for a set of data. The more I thought about it the more I realized that even calculating a first approximation of the TCO to store data over the long term involved too many factors for one simple spreadsheet.
Brocade HBA Business Poised for Growth
Commentary  |  6/12/2009  | 
Brocade has won designs and completed qualifications at EMC, HDS, HP and IBM. This is a strong testament to OEM confidence in Brocade technology and OEM belief there is substantial customer demand for Brocade-brand HBAs.
BD Event vs. SNW
Commentary  |  6/12/2009  | 
The BD Event appeals to new emerging companies. These guys need one-on-one time with analysts, press and fellow storage suppliers. I was surprised by the lack of large vendors at the event and it seems like a missed opportunity to me.
There Is A Place For Tape
Commentary  |  6/11/2009  | 
As long as we front end tape with an archiving system that stores the more frequently accessed data and the all-important extended metadata and index on disk, tape has some significant advantages.
To Your Health: A Healthcare Organization's IT Transformation
Commentary  |  6/11/2009  | 
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System decided to virtualize everything possible and standardize on core technologies.
Speeding Up eDiscovery
Commentary  |  6/10/2009  | 
eDiscovery isn't limited to technology, but technology is a critical component of successful eDiscovery. Here is my take on the technology you really need to successfully accelerate the entire process.
Voltaire Vantage 8500: Scaling Out Two-Tier Data Center Networks
Commentary  |  6/10/2009  | 
The increasing adoption of virtualization is driving the need for new data center network architectures that offer improved I/O bandwidth without adding extra tiers and oversubscription to the network.
Inflated Vendor Claims
Commentary  |  6/10/2009  | 
If vendors don't tell it like it is, they are letting down their customers and channel partners. It is time to clean your act up, guys.
Cloud Storage Status Check
Commentary  |  6/9/2009  | 
The cloud storage and cloud service markets are so robust there are hundreds if not thousands of offerings, and the markets are beginning to become segmented into specific use cases.
FalconStor Heats up VTL Deduplication -- and the Data Deduplication War
Commentary  |  6/8/2009  | 
The company recently claimed that its deduplication solutions deliver the fastest total time to disaster recovery in virtual tape library environments.
Ethernet Poised for Another 10 Fold Bandwidth Increase
Commentary  |  6/8/2009  | 
Are your 10G Ethernet connections becoming saturated? If so, help may soon be on the horizon. One of the industrys most influential network equipment suppliers has developed a network interface card that supports 100G Ethernet, perhaps foreshadowing an impending move to the faster speed.
Taking on Corporate Compliance
Commentary  |  6/5/2009  | 
IT really does need technology that can manage data with hooks into compliance and governance policies, and that can do it across storage infrastructures. Technology alone won't do the trick; you also need to allow for services and business policies around governance. But the technology platform you choose will be crucial in getting the job done.
IBM and FCoE: The Unified Networking Superstore
Commentary  |  6/5/2009  | 
Depending on adoption cycles, 16-Gbps Fibre Channel could delay the emergence of native 10-Gbps FCoE storage. And iSCSI could be the spoiler, giving customers the Ethernet-based unified networking they want. FCoE from then on serves as a bridge to what becomes legacy Fibre Channel and FCoE storage.
EMC World 2009 - Hands, Hearts and Minds in the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/5/2009  | 
What was particularly interesting was the degree to which cloud themes inhabited most every major and minor EMC presentation, and the overall clarity of the company's underlying messages.
EMC's Next Move
Commentary  |  6/4/2009  | 
EMC just submitted a major and very public no confidence vote in their current partnerships and products.
Dragging IT Into the eDiscovery Fold
Commentary  |  6/4/2009  | 
Legal and IT can and should work together to automate eDiscovery. ROI for doing so is excellent -- but the corporation must have the budget and the will to accomplish it. Better to do it proactively than in response to a devastating series of legal losses.
Cisco Gives Partners More Options To Offer SMBs
Commentary  |  6/4/2009  | 
Positioned to boost business for channel partners, Cisco introduced new products and services specifically for small and midsize businesses.
Disc Storage Choices for Archives
Commentary  |  6/4/2009  | 
Earlier in our ongoing saga, I spelled out all but one of the attributes I'd like to see on the storage system that holds my archival data so later generations can read this blog and bask in my insight and brilliance. OK more like so LucasFilm can access all the outtakes from "Indiana Jones and the Geriatric Crusades" for the 30th anniversary limited edition, director's cut ultraviolet-Ray disk. Now let's look at how these features fit the architectures vendors have presented IT managers as solu
EMC Wins Another Round In Court Battle Over Donatelli
Commentary  |  6/3/2009  | 
California court joins Massachusetts court in saying the executive can work for Hewlett-Packard, just not on storage.
IBM Expands System x/BladeCenter Networking with QLogic Solutions
Commentary  |  6/3/2009  | 
While Fibre Channel continued its reign at the top of the enterprise network food chain, Ethernet turned out to be a considerably more flexible and robust technology than many FC snobs imagined.
Communications Tempts Small Businesses, But Bleak Economy Means Most Aren't Ready To Buy
Commentary  |  6/3/2009  | 
A new survey by Avaya shows that three quarters of SMBs think communications is important, but won't consider buying unless they can see a clear return on investment. The rest aren't ready to spend, period. Equally telling, only a quarter of small businesses are confident enough to invest in technology today.
The Great Data Domain Bidding War
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
NetApp spending a billion and a half in cash and stock for Data Domain was interesting enough; but now with EMC offering $1.8 billion we have a good old fashioned bidding war. This shows that marketshare, and more importantly mindshare, is immensely valuable.
EMC Responds
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
There is someone else lurking in the wings on this deal and I think now that the gloves are off we will see someone else enter the contest for Data Domain.
The Brave New World of EMC
Commentary  |  6/2/2009  | 
The critical point to remember regarding EMC is that the company is on a product and service offensive that it feels will position it for future growth when the inevitable turnaround occurs.
NetDomain -- What If It Works?
Commentary  |  6/1/2009  | 
The combined companies could look into the feasibility of integrating Data Domain's deduplication functionality into NetApp's OnTap operating system.


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