Green IT goes mainstream: What about data storage environments?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I recently did an interview with the folks over at Infortrend (a RAID storage company) discussing various industry trends and perspectives including RAID, data footprint reduction (DFR) as well as Green IT including how the Green Gap. The Green Gap is the disconnect between common messaging around carbon and environment vs. ...

Does IBM Power7 processor announcement signal storage upgrades?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

IBM recently announced the Power7 as the latest generation of processors that the company uses in some of its mid range and high end compute servers including the iSeries and pSeries. IBM Power7 processor wafers (chips) What is the Power7 processor? The Power7 is the latest ...

Is MAID Storage Dead? I Dont Think So!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Some vendors are doing better than others and first generation MAID (Massive or monolithic Array of Idle Disks) might be dead or about to be deceased, spun down or put into a long term sleep mode, it is safe to say that second generation MAID (e.g. ...

Storage Efficiency and Optimization – The Other Green

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

For those of you in the New York City area, I will be presenting live in person at Storage Decisions September 23, 2009 conference The Other Green, Storage Efficiency and Optimization.Throw out the "green“: buzzword, and you're still left with the task of saving or maximizing use of space, ...

Shifting from energy avoidance to energy efficiency

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I'm continually amazed at the number of people in the IT industry from customers to vendors, vars to media and even analysts who associate Green IT with and only with reducing carbon footprints. I guess I should not be surprised given the amount of rhetoric around ...

Storage Optimization: Performance, Availability, Capacity, Effectiveness

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

With the IT and storage industry shying away from green hype, green washing and other green noise, there is also a growing realization that the new green is about effectively boosting efficiency to improve productivity and profitability or to sustain business and IT growth during tough economic times.This past ...

Intelligent Power Management (IPM) and second generation MAID 2.0 on the rise

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

In case you missed it today, Adaptec announced that they are the 1st vendor "This Week" to add support for Intelligent Power Management (IPM) to their storage systems. Adaptec joins a growing list of vendors who are deploying, or, who are program announcing some variation of IPM and second ...

Airport Parking, Tiered Storage and Latency

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Ok, so what do airport parking, tiered storage and latency have in common? Based on some recent travel experience I will assert that there is a bit in common, or at a least an analogy. What got me thinking about this was recently I could not get a ...

The Many Faces of Solid State Devices/Disks (SSD)

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Here's a link to a recent article I wrote for Enterprise Storage Forum titled "Not a Flash in the PAN" providing a synopsis of the many faces, implementations and forms of SSD based technologies that includes several links to other related content.A popular topic over the past year or ...