Are You a Hypervisor Hugger or a Storage Stalwart?

The great battle of enterprise storage is on! The time has come to take sides on the core question of storage for virtual servers: Do you want storage intelligence to live in the hypervisor or the array? Most administrators are already lining up on one side or the other, unintentionally casting … [Read more...]

Micron Bursts Into the PCIe SSD Market

The Micron RealSSD P320h is more than a new form-factor for the company; it also introduces their RAIN technology This morning, Micron announced their “RealSSD” P320h SSD, bringing them into the PCIe storage market for the first time. Already a leading supplier of both consumer and enterprise … [Read more...]

Talking Cloud Storage Gateways With Nasuni and Cirtas

I’ve got a new video podcast up and running: Raising the Floor is a series of discussions about the future of enterprise IT. I kicked the series off talking about one of my favorite topics: Cloud storage. I invited two excellent guests to join me for this conversation: Josh Goldstein, VP of … [Read more...]

Thin Provisioning: Playing the Telephone Game

One of the topics I've often written and spoken about is thin provisioning. This series of 11 articles is an edited version of my thin provisioning presentation from Interop New York 2010. I hope you enjoy it! I began by introducing the core problem: Storage isn’t getting any cheaper due … [Read more...]

See W. Curtis Preston’s Backup Central Live!

W. Curtis Preston launched his own series of Backup Central Live! seminars for 2011 Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first … [Read more...]

De-Allocating is the Core Issue for Thin Provisioning

One of the topics I've often written and spoken about is thin provisioning. This series of 11 articles is an edited version of my thin provisioning presentation from Interop New York 2010. I hope you enjoy it! I began by introducing the core problem: Storage isn’t getting any cheaper, even though … [Read more...]

Storage is Not Getting Cheaper

One of the topics I've often written and spoken about is thin provisioning. This series of 11 articles is an edited version of my thin provisioning presentation from Interop New York 2010. I hope you enjoy it! Thin provisioning is a topic that is interesting to me. Now, I have to warn you ahead … [Read more...]

Every Company Is Gunning For Someone Else

Everyone has a target on their backs, but they all aim in different directions One of the amusing aspects of being self-employed is watching all the giants battle it out. Every company is gunning for someone, but the amazing thing is that they rarely point their sights directly at each other: … [Read more...]

What is Application Performance Monitoring?

IT needs application monitoring: Gauges alone won't get you to your destination! Remember what it was like to drive without a GPS? Sure, it’s possible, but a good GPS takes it to a whole new level. Need gas? A Denny’s Grand Slam? A detour around traffic? You’ve got it! And when the kids start … [Read more...]

Overcoming The Limits Of Thin Provisioning With Automatic Provisioning!

Most thin provisioning solutions are colossal hack jobs. How about real automatic provisioning instead? I’ve never been a fan of thin provisioning as a storage management tool. Don’t get me wrong, I love having thin provisioning in my toolkit to overcome the limitations of conventional … [Read more...]