Commentary
Content posted in September 2009
Cisco Nexus 4000 Adds FCoE Momentum
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Dataram's XcelaSAN Caches Block I/O
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
We've started thinking of flash based SSDs as the mainstream go-fast solution for applications starved for random I/O performance, but today's SSD solutions require storage administrators to relocate your hot data to the small amount of SSD you can afford. Wouldn't you rather just drop a magic acceleration appliance in your SAN that makes everything faster? Dataram hopes you do.
HP Revamps Entry Level Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
HP has made inroads in the small and medium business sector by delivering low cost, easy to maintain Ethernet switches. The company revamped one of its entry level lines, so it is more secure, simpler to deploy, and more energy efficient. The products may appeal to companies who need high speed connections but are not yet ready to embrace 10G Ethernet networking.
Foundational eDiscovery
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Legal concentrates on the review stage of eDiscovery with good reason. But if collected data was badly searched and poorly preserved, then the review process - and the reviewers - will suffer for it.
FCoE Becomes Just Another Protocol
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
A Gmail Failure Is Not Cloud Failure
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
We need to clear the air about cloud services and hosted services (SaaS). A lot of people conflate Software As A Service (SaaS) with cloud service, and that is a wildly inaccurate view of the world. The moment that SaaS was included in any cloud definition, the definition of a cloud become entirely unusable. Anything can be a SaaS, therefore anything can be a cloud. When Gmail or some other hosted service has an interruption, it does not indicate a cloud failure. It's a service failure. The dist
eDiscovery Pros Circle the Wagons
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
A new non-profit calling itself the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP for short) has formed to establish global standards and certification for the eDiscovery process.
Cisco Putting Stamp On Smart Grid
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
I confess I can't get much excited about either green or smart grid technology, but that doesn't mean that both aren't legitimate new beachheads in which -- to update Scott McNealy's famous aphorism -- the networking stuff will be the big deal. The whole deal, in fact.
Cisco Snares Virtualization Patent For SAN Load Balancing
Commentary  |  9/21/2009  | 
Cisco has just been awarded a U.S. patent, which shows that virtualization now applies as much to storage as it does to central computing resources. For that matter, virtualization is also being applied to I/O and memory resources. In practical terms, the patent, filed in 2005 but just granted last month, seems to relate to technology that appears in Cisco's SAN Fabric Switches, which incorporate virtual fabric support.
The Unreliability Of The Internet
Commentary  |  9/18/2009  | 
The Internet is fairly reliable, but network outages still occur. If they happen to your company, what is the cost to lost productivity?
FCoE vs. SSD
Commentary  |  9/18/2009  | 
Networking In Microsoft Hyper-V: The Video
Commentary  |  9/17/2009  | 
I've been diving into all aspects of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ecosystem lately, as the operating systems move out into the enterprise. High on my radar is Hyper-V, the server virtualization solution that's available both as a standalone product and as part Windows Server 2008 R2.
The Case For I/O Virtualization
Commentary  |  9/17/2009  | 
When the term "virtualization" is used, the implicit assumption is that we're talking about "server virtualization." But other types of virtualization exist, such as storage virtualization. And now I/O (input/output) virtualization is starting to encroach upon our consciousness.
QLogic Supplying HP 8 Gigabit Virtual Connect: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
The bad news is Brocade got the initial HP Virtual Connect 8 gigabit Fibre Channel design win almost a year ago and has been shipping modules since the end of April. Lucky for QLogic the majority of storage and SAN volume is still 4 gigabit so they have a chance to compete for the greater 8 gigabit volume that eventually will displace 4 gigabit completely. However they will compete for this business with a handful of field people surrounded by a massive installed base of Brocade switches and a
Tandberg Joins DAT Club - 15 Years Late
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
I received a press release from Tandberg Data this week announcing their entrance into to the DAT market with DAT72 and DAT160 drives. While it's not cricket to kick a guy when he's down, I have to say this is a bad move folks. I've come to the conclusion that tape drives should only be used by trained professionals.
HP Strengthens Integrated Server and Switch Line
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
The design of IT equipment is about to dramatically change. No longer will data center servers, network switches, and storage area networks be sold autonomously. Instead, the different devices will be consolidated into integrated devices, and HP has made it clear that it wants to be a player in this market.
Cisco's New NetSec Hotrods Run Linux Under The Hood
Commentary  |  9/16/2009  | 
Cisco is launching a major new push into the small-business network security market. And Linux lies at the heart of the company's strategy.
Dell Deal Shows Why Brocade is Strategic to Server OEMs
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
Thanks to Cisco, fabric-based server and unified networking technologies have suddenly become strategic assets to server OEMs. But only two networking vendors possess a complete portfolio of products that OEMs can tap for the technologies - Cisco and Brocade. Given that server OEMs don't seem to want to partner with Cisco these days, Brocade is in a unique position to help multiple OEM customers deploy these technologies on a broad basis similar to what Dell is doing. I also believe product plan
The Truth About Shelf Based SSDs
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
Shelf based SSDs are SSDs designed to be installed into storage system manufacturers' current drive expansion shelves that they currently use for mechanical hard disk drives. It seems like a good strategy and a quick path to an SSD offering for storage manufacturers. The truth is, however, that either manufacturers or the storage manager need to be aware of the ramifications of loading up a shelf of SSD technology.
GreenBytes Releases DeDuping NAS
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
The hardware platforms have changed, but GreenBytes is now shipping a pair of general purpose deduplicating NAS boxes that combine inline deduplication with the virtues of a new generation file system now running on industry standard hardware.
Cisco Refreshes Its Small Business Pro Lineup
Commentary  |  9/15/2009  | 
As Cisco continues to evolve its efforts to reach small businesses, it's rolling out new security and collaboration technologies, including security appliances, routers, and VoIP phones.
The Value Of Agents
Commentary  |  9/11/2009  | 
Agents are those little pieces of application code that need to be installed as a component of a larger application. There is the fear that installing an agent, or more accurately "yet another" agent on an application workload, is going to bring the whole server crashing to its knees. When a vendor begins to proclaim they are agentless and that anything with an agent is instantly evil and should be avoided, the truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.
ECA: A Big Trend For An Old Topic
Commentary  |  9/11/2009  | 
Early case assessment (ECA) is moving farther and farther to the left of the EDRM. This means big business for ECA vendors new and old.
Does Windows 7 Make VPNs Obsolete?
Commentary  |  9/10/2009  | 
The new one-two operating system ecosystem from Microsoft -- Windows 7 on the client side coupled with Windows Server 2008 R2 on the back end -- includes a feature, called DirectAccess, which automatically connects users to their enterprise network without having to go through a VPN client, effectively eliminating the need for users to fiddle with (or hide from ) virtual private network clients.
Navigating Virtualization Storage Waters With EMC's Navisphere Manager
Commentary  |  9/10/2009  | 
The introduction of a new technology, such as server virtualization, may spawn new challenges and complexities. Addressing these issues can only occur as a new technology becomes widely adopted and mature.
Adaptec Adapts, Inovates Around SSDs
Commentary  |  9/9/2009  | 
I've been saying for months that it will take several years for the industry to fully integrate flash memory into the storage ecosystem. I expected innovation from startups and upstarts like Compellent and Fusion-IO and was surprised when Adaptec started rolling out innovative uses for flash on their internal RAID controllers.
The Need for Card Based QoS
Commentary  |  9/9/2009  | 
With server virtualization hitting full stride a key theme of phase two of these projects is increasing virtual machine density. There are many aspects of increasing virtual machine density but one that is often over looked is card (network or storage) based QoS.
Crypto Key Management Is Next Wave In Net Security
Commentary  |  9/9/2009  | 
Against the backdrop of rising malware threats and organized cybercriminal rings, a national cybersecurity initiative is taking shape which will bring a "locked down" mentality to the way we authenticate users, apps, and indeed anyone or anything that touches a network. I'm talking about the Cryptographic Key Management (CKM) project, which is being run out of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Division.
Network Computing And Byte & Switch Become One
Commentary  |  9/8/2009  | 
Network Computing and Byte & Switch are joining forces to bring you all the relevant news, views, reviews, and how-to's "For IT, By IT". It's no secret that storage and data and networking are merging--both the technologies and the administrative teams are aligning. We are keeping abreast with that change by bringing the best network and storage coverage under one name.
Thoughts From VMworld
Commentary  |  9/4/2009  | 
Once again I'm leaving a conference with my head aching from the firehose of information I've been fed by vendors and my feet are just generally aching. It would be hard to tell from the crowd at VMworld that we're in the middle of a recession as the show floor seemed busy from start to end.
Practical Analysis: Time For A New Way Of Thinking About IT Risk
Commentary  |  9/3/2009  | 
A colleague joked that a time capsule from 2000 would hold warnings against the hacking techniques Gonzalez used. His victims aren't laughing.
Live from VMworld
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
This week I will be at VMworld and will be giving ongoing reports of what we see there. Overall, the show seems as busy as last year. The facility is a little smaller and attendance may be a little lighter but they are expecting between 10,000 and 12,000 people. Look for quick updates, in reverse order, throughout the week. Updates will also appear at the top of the page.
Avaya-Nortel: The Pushback
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Any big combination, whether it's a merger or an acquisition, is tough to pull off--tough, but not impossible.
Bets Continue To Be Placed On The FCoE Horse Race
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Well, we just hit a milestone in storage: considered the world's largest storage company, EMC is now implementing QLogic FCoE technology across its entire product line. This is definitely an inflection point - imagine how many FCoE cards EMC and QLogic will jointly ship. Clearly the FCoE adoption rate will accelerate now that EMC is behind this a single chip connectivity product.
67 Terabytes for $7,867: How-to By BackBlaze
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
While I am on vacation and taking a break from doing stuff around the house, I see this post Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage by Tim Nufire at BackBlaze and I just had to share.
Unified Networks And SUVs : First Generation Products Had Limited Appeal
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
The emergence of unified networking reminds me of the introduction of the sport utility vehicle (SUV), a vehicle that eventually displaced the combined capabilities of best-in-class station wagons and light trucks...


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