VMware has just announced the first round of vExpert Awardees, including Gestalt IT’s own Rich Brambley, as well as Scott Lowe, a behind-the-scenes friend to Gestalt IT! Congratulations, guys!
The mainstream media is still digesting the Oscar awards, but we in storage had our own announcement this week: TechTarget’s (now non-PDF?) Storage magazine announced their Storage Products of the Year award for 2008. Without further ado, the awards and my reaction!
The third rail of enterprise IT is the shockingly opaque and flexible pricing schemes applied to hardware, software, and services. How much does a high-end switch or storage array cost? Are you getting ripped off on your maintenance contracts? Which bundled software modules are required and which are pure profit? You’ll get no help in answering these questions from mainstream sources like technical media, trade shows, or corporate blogs.
When is a solution integrated and when is it a Frankenstein-like mashup of tangled tech? Apparently, that line is crossed when itâ€™s your competitorâ€™s offeringâ€¦ In my time in the storage industry, Iâ€™ve seen enough franken-storage come and go to make me skeptical whenever a new â€œintegratedâ€ solution is announced. But a lot of this stuff works just fine, so I also know that integrated solutions arenâ€™t always bad!
Iâ€™ve been talking about storage capacity utilization for my entire career, but the storage industry doesnâ€™t seem to be getting anywhere. Every year or so, a new study is performed showing that half of storage capacity in the data center is unused. And every time there is a predictable (and poorly thought through) â€œnetworked storage is a waste of timeâ€ response. The good news is that this is no longer a technical problem: Modern virtualized and networked servers ought to have decent utilization of storage capacity, and technology is improving all the time.