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Network Computing Blogger
Member Since: 4/4/2014
Blog Posts: 414
Posts: 11

Howard Marks is founder and chief scientist at Deepstorage LLC, a storage consultancy and independent test lab based in Santa Fe, N.M. and concentrating on storage and data center networking. In more than 25 years of consulting, Marks has designed and implemented storage systems, networks, management systems and Internet strategies at organizations including American Express, J.P. Morgan, Borden Foods, U.S. Tobacco, BBDO Worldwide, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the State University of New York at Purchase. The testing at DeepStorage Labs is informed by that real world experience.

He has been a frequent contributor to Network Computing and InformationWeek since 1999 and a speaker at industry conferences including Comnet, PC Expo, Interop and Microsoft's TechEd since 1990. He is the author of Networking Windows and co-author of Windows NT Unleashed (Sams).

He is co-host, with Ray Lucchesi of the monthly Greybeards on Storage podcast where the voices of experience discuss the latest issues in the storage world with industry leaders.  You can find the podcast at: http://www.deepstorage.net/NEW/GBoS

Articles by Howard Marks

Beyond Cage Nuts

8/12/2014
Cage nuts aren't the only option for mounting IT gear to racks. Find out about alternatives such as MonoSerts and Rackstuds, plus a handy cage nut tool if you want to stick with traditional hardware.

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Server SANs: The Dark Side

8/1/2014
The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.

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Cage Nuts: The Ultimate Guide

7/15/2014
Here's everything you need to know about those annoying little cage nuts you wrestle with when filling a server rack. Learn how they're different from clip nuts, and get installation and removal tips.

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Waiting For VMware VVOLs

5/27/2014
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.

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IT Is A Quantum World

5/5/2014
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.

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VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood

4/22/2014
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.

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A Tale of Two Object Stores

11/6/2013
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.

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A Tale of Two Object Stores

11/6/2013
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.

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Putting Flash On The Memory Bus

7/31/2013
Diablo Technologies' new Memory Channel Storage devices plug flash storage into the DIMM slots. If Diablo's performance claims prove true, expect to see some fast servers built around the technology.

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SSDs vs. RAID? Fix RAID

7/2/2013
SSD write endurance limitations could cause problems for RAID. But rather than adjust SSDs to support RAID, we should tweak or replace RAID to suit SSDs.

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Ethernet: A Personal History

5/30/2013
Ethernet is 40 years old this year. I’ve been working with the technology since it emerged. Here are a few reflections on how Ethernet has evolved, and where it’s going in the future.

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Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen

4/25/2013
Fusion-io, a maker of PCIe flash cards, announced it was acquiring hybrid storage array startup NexGen, which sells a flash-optimized system. Fusion-io will sell NexGen’s software directly to integrators.

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In IT, Everything Old Is New Again

3/27/2013
Software-defined storage? Old news. Non-volatile memory? Same deal. Rogue business units that get around IT with a credit card and outside resources? I was doing it long before SaaS showed up.

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EMC Amps Up Flash Product Line

3/6/2013
EMC announced new high-performance PCIe SSDs to extend its range of flash drives, and said its all-flash array, XtremIO, is now available for customers. The company also rebranded its server-side caching software.

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HP, Quantum Update Tape Portfolios to LTO-6

2/7/2013
HP and Quantum have updated their tape storage to LTO-6, the most recent generation of the Linear-Tape Open standard. LTO-6 promises to store more data more quickly, though newly promised compression rates need independent verification.

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Open Compute's Trickle-Down Tech

2/6/2013
Open Compute's goal of open source hardware sounds democratic, but the initiative targets big-budget service providers and Web brands whose needs are different from everyday enterprises. The greatest impact of Open Compute will be felt by the leading server manufacturers--and it won't be good.

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Intel, Fusion-io Embrace Open Compute

1/24/2013
Intel announced innovations in optical interconnects at the Open Compute summit, while Fusion-io embraced Open Compute’s spirit by providing the design of its new ioScale flash card to the open source community.

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Storage Head-Scratchers

1/18/2013
Not every idea that comes out of the storage industry is a good one. Here are three developments in storage encryption, patents and holographic storage that have got me scratching my head.

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