Content posted in June 2011
Leave Laptop Home, Get Files Via Smartphone
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
Want to travel lighter? New cloud services help you access key files quickly and easily on your phone.
In Surprise To No One, Oracle buys Pillar
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Today, Oracle announced that it is buying SAN array vendor Pillar Data. Pillar has, since its inception, been funded by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s Tako Ventures, so the whole transaction comes as a surprise to no one who follows the storage industry.
Share And Share Alike With HomePipe
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
HomePipe puts an interesting twist on sharing files across your own device fleet. But is HomePipe ready for the business network world? That probably depends on your sense of adventure and willingness to try new ways of doing things.
When Is SSD The Right Storage Choice?
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Solid State Storage has arrived; in the right circumstances, it is more cost effective than mechanical hard drives.
Determining a Private Cloud Delivery Model
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
When designing a private cloud infrastructure as part of a next generation data center strategy, there are several options to choose from for a delivery model. In some cases, the IT service delivery will be some subset of true private cloud. In other cases, a full cloud model will be more appropriate, and delivery will typically be in an IaaS or PaaS model, with the possibility of a mixed model.
Goodbye Dropbox
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
I’ve been a heavy user of Dropbox ever since I moved DeepStorage Labs back to the beautiful New Jersey Meadowlands at the end of 2009. Dropbox life was easy, giving me access to all my recent work wherever I was, but a constant stream of security problems is driving me to find another solution.
Enterprise Social Networks And Security Risks
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
While attending UBM TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston last week, I heard lots of conversations about the benefits and potential pitfalls of enterprise social networking. One theme that I heard repeated more than a few times was that enterprise social networks can create a greater security risk.
Scality: Climbing The Cloud Storage Heights
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
The traditional storage business models of NAS and SAN have been worthwhile for many enterprises, but the question remains: Is NAS or SAN best for cloud computing environments? Scality, a storage vendor, asserts that, in many cases, the answer is no. Scality's RING "organic storage software" is, according to the company, the first object-based storage platform to provide the levels of performance necessary for robust Web-based applications.
SolidFire Aims SSD System At Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
As fast as Dell and EMC can buy them up, startup vendors keep coming up with new ideas and solutions aimed at the specific needs of targeted markets. SolidFire’s new all SSD, scale-out, 10-Gbps iSCSI array that’s targeted directly at the cloud storage provider market is a case in point.
Private Cloud Automation, Orchestration, And Measured Service
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Many infrastructures are labeled "private cloud architectures" when they are really just a subset of a private cloud. The key points that tend to be missed, based on the NIST definition, are on-demand, self-service and measured service.
5 Questions To Ask Storage Vendor References
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
Focus on getting crucial information so you can change the conversation from a love fest reference call to one that provides important details.
Proprietary Is Not A Four Letter Word
Commentary  |  6/21/2011  | 
Proprietary technologies are not inherently bad, but you do have to watch for vendors that interchange standards-based features with proprietary features in a fanciful shell game.
What To Look For In SMB NAS
Commentary  |  6/21/2011  | 
When small and midsize businesses go shopping for servers, one of the first they're going to buy is a network-attached storage system. And there are a lot to chose from.
How To Manage The Collaborative Cloud
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
Cloud storage can be very useful for collaboration and document sharing, but it poses challenges for storage managers.
Vint Cerf's Internet Safety
Commentary  |  6/14/2011  | 
At the Internet Society INET conference, there was wide-ranging discussion on a variety of topics, from Net neutrality to privacy. A highlight was Vint Cerf's keynote in the afternoon. He focused on the importance of safety mechanisms for those using the Internet--safety in terms of being protected from abusive behavior and safety in terms of the ability to speak freely and, where and when needed, remain anonymous. These are big issues in the international theater.
Six Reasons It's Blame IPv6 Day
Commentary  |  6/8/2011  | 
As far as I am concerned, it's not World IPv6 Day. It's Blame IPv6 Day. This is a good opportunity to take any new technology (OK, IPv6 is not new, but it might as well be) and use it as the whipping boy it deserves to be. It's IPv6's turn. So, lets get started!
Why Dell Shouldn't Buy Brocade
Commentary  |  6/6/2011  | 
The rumored acquisition would be bad for Dell, bad for the industry, and bad for customers
Private Cloud Stacks
Commentary  |  6/2/2011  | 
Interest in private clouds and converged infrastructure continues to grow because organizations can rapidly deploy applications in a scalable fashion. Whether the goal be IT cost reduction, business agility, or any number of other benefits of smarter IT service delivery application delivery. That being said applications don't run on their own and infrastructure is a major consideration for how those applications will run.
Brocade In Dell's Sights?
Commentary  |  6/2/2011  | 
Dell has established a beachhead in three of the four primary layers of the stack--storage, servers, and services. Networking is the crucial missing piece.
How To Boost Lifespan Of Solid-State Storage
Commentary  |  6/2/2011  | 
The challenge for IT managers is to pick the right type of SSS for the task, which will help keep the storage system running longer.
Calling It: Dell Acquires Brocade
Commentary  |  6/2/2011  | 
A Canaccord Adams report, "Dell Looks Poised for a Networking Move," seems to have merit, and industry insiders are claiming to have heard about the deal. The company is dramatically cutting expenses, and the Dell Storage Forum is going on next week, a perfect venue to announce the acquisition.

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