Content posted in August 2011
Solid State Storage Market Heats Up
Commentary  |  8/30/2011  | 
In the roughly three years since EMC stuck some STEC SSDs in its disk arrays and brought solid state to the mainstream storage market, we’ve seen flash memory work its way into disk-based storage systems both modest and grand. During the past few months, we’ve also seen vendors targeting all-solid-state systems at mainstream users and applications. Most recently, all-solid-state pioneers Texas Memory Systems and Nimbus Data introduced new versions of their systems.
Astute Networks - Attacking Server Virtualization I/O Bottlenecks
Commentary  |  8/26/2011  | 
For cash-strapped IT organizations, server virtualization has many compelling benefits, such as better use of IT assets and energy savings. But at some point, as the number of physical servers drops and the percentage of virtualized workloads and applications rises,application service-level performance suddenly goes to hell in a hand basket. I/O bottlenecks are the problem here, and Astute Networks has a solution in the form of a flash-memory-based appliance.
vSphere 5.0's Early-Warning System
Commentary  |  8/26/2011  | 
Storage DRS adds abstraction while keeping loads in balance.
5 Ways Google Should Expand Google+
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Google has made a small stride toward integrating Google+ with Gmail. Here are five ways we'd like to see Google+ expand.
IPv6 Is Coming. Time To Get Prepared
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
IPv6 is coming. Sooner or later, you will be deploying IPv6 on your network, data center, or co-lo servers. It may be a few years off--longer if your ISP has a well thought out transition strategy in place--but IPv6 is different enough that you can learn the ins and outs on a smaller network before you have to deploy it widely. If you are looking for resources, start there. If you have a good resource you want to share, send me an email and I will check it out.
Ruckus Raises A Ruckus With Unique Antenna Technology, New FlexConnect Feature Set
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Ruckus may not be one of the biggest companies in the WLAN market, but it is certainly among the most innovative. The Ruckus antenna story makes those of us who care about things like coverage patterns and beam forming get all tingly, and its latest client-facing feature set aims to balance extremely high performance with minimal client pain for getting securely connected in interesting new ways.
Defending Tape, Once Again
Commentary  |  8/23/2011  | 
Tape and disk both have a role to play, especially in the larger enterprise. Be wary of the vendor that says you only need one or the other.
Private Cloud Success Factor: Standardization
Commentary  |  8/23/2011  | 
Private cloud architectures involve a tight coupling of software and hardware, layered with automation and orchestration. These environments can be prone to complexity, which leads to additional deployment time, administrative costs and risks. Removing as much complexity as possible will help ensure a smoother deployment and ongoing environment.
Paper Contracts Are So Yesterday With EchoSign
Commentary  |  8/22/2011  | 
With all of the buzz afoot about goings-on in the mobile device space, it's easy to forget that the productivity enabled by the slick devices is the real story in enterprise mobility. When the gadget becomes a legitimate tool, you realize that the mobile revolution actually has substance behind the hoopla. EchoSign, recently purchased by Adobe, is among the more impressive examples of what's possible in today's everywhere-connected business world. Signing and handling contracts will never be the
Cloud Storage A Good Match For Healthcare
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
Cloud storage can provide transparent access to near limitless volumes of patient data. But doctors also need fast data retrieval.
Virtualization Primer: Paravirtualization
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
PV, as it's known, increases both virtual machine and hypervisor performance.
Panzura Builds Private And Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Until I got a detailed briefing from Panzura's Randy Chow the other day, I had lumped Panzura into the cloud storage gateway category. While its Alto controllers and panOS can use a public cloud provider like Amazon S3 or Nirvanix as a storage back end, Panzura's value proposition isn't providing an on-ramp to public cloud storage but a true distributed file system that can be accessed simultaneously from multiple locations.
What To Look For In PCIe SSD
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Tips for determining whether you will benefit from solid-state storage and how to pick the right technology for your infrastructure.
Private Cloud In A Box
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
With Microsoft and Google both heavily utilizing containerized data centers for compute capacity, it’s hard not to think about the applicability for enterprise and government private clouds. While containers vary widely, the general concept is that they are a self-contained data center environment complete with network, compute and storage, as well as necessary cooling.
WebEx Drops Pricing For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Companies get unlimited virtual meetings for up to 8 participants using the same software as large enterprises.
Horizon DataSys' Rollback Rx Is A Prescription for Personal Logical Data Protection
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
There is a critical need to provide data protection for personal computing devices--notably, desktops and laptops. That protection has tended to be in the form of backup, either locally or over the Internet. While that is useful, there is also a need for safe recovery from logical data protection problems, such as restoring crashed systems to a working state. Rollback Rx, Horizon DataSys’ snapshot software product, is designed to provide that level of data protection.
Lee's Diggin' Motoroogle
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
The purchase of Motorola’s mobile line by Google is a good thing by any name, if you ask me. This is an issue of keeping the force in balance, of yin and yang. There are far bigger issues at work here than mere devices, and Google’s move is good for everyone.
Thin Provisioning Key Feature Of Storage Virtualization
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
Thin provisioning can convince an application that is has more storage available than is actually allocated to the app.
VMware Opens Ground For Hyper-V, Xen
Commentary  |  8/11/2011  | 
With vSphere 5, the vendor no longer offers a truly free enterprise hypervisor because it no longer scales without licensing.
Who Owns Spam?
Commentary  |  8/10/2011  | 
I was recently asked to test the suitability of a storage system as a repository for email archives and had to come up with a set of email messages to use as test data. I want to distribute this data set to my clients so they can do their own testing, so I needed to have the right to distribute the messages. That triggered the question: Who owns the copyright on spam?
Two Different Worlds, Two Different Wireless Networks
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
Just back from a whirlwind two weeks working in both Great Britain and Haiti, and I feel compelled to reflect on the specifics and profound differences of creating WLAN environments in each location as I document the efforts. Certainly the cultures are dramatically different, but so were the solutions used, and neither is what I typically deal with in my day-to-day network administration duties. It’s been interesting, to say the least.
Building A Private PaaS
Commentary  |  8/5/2011  | 
A great end goal for the cloud model is PaaS. PaaS breaks the 1-to-1 relationship between OS and application/service, and provides for more fluid scalability. Additionally, PaaS platforms can remove the requirement for custom OS and server builds on a per-service basis, further reducing administrative overhead.
VMware Boosts vRAM Allocations
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
In a stunningly rare example of a company actually listening to its customers, VMware has modified the license model for vSphere 5, increasing the vRAM allotments from 33% to 100%, with the biggest boosts going to the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions. Combined with other changes, the new model seems to be enough to mollify all but the most rabid of VMware’s critics.
Is Changed Block Tracking The Future Of Backup?
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
As I've followed the backup market during the past few years I've been impressed by how the pendulum has swung once again to favor the various flavors of disk image backups. With announcements from EMC and Veeam expanding the reach and functionality of changed block tracking, it seems images may become the dominant backup mechanism for the next few years.
WatchDox Expands Portable Document Security For BlackBerrys, iPhones and iPads
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Security is often at odds with user-friendliness. That challenge could rise to new heights with the expanding stream of users handling enterprise documents on their tablets and smartphones. WatchDox, already in the business of document security, just released the latest version of its namesake product that promises to reconcile the challenges of securely handling documents with the latest trends of mobile device usage.
iPhone Top Device For In-Flight Browsing
Commentary  |  8/2/2011  | 
Apple iPhone makes up nearly two-thirds of all devices accessing Gogo's airborne Wi-Fi Internet service.
Black Hat Will Once Again Show Our Security Weaknesses
Commentary  |  8/1/2011  | 
The most important thing about Black Hat is the reality check it provides on just how insecure everything really is, from computers to networks to mobile devices to industrial and other systems that are now increasingly connected and exposed. And this week’s Black Hat will be no exception, as several scheduled demos will display just how scary some of these security holes can be.

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