More storage and IO metrics that matter

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It is great to see more conversations and coverage around storage metrics that matter beyond simply focusing on cost per GByte or TByte (e.g. space capacity). Likewise, it is also good to see conversations expanding beyond data footprint reduction (DFR) from a space capacity savings or reduction ratio to also ...

Is 14.4TBytes of data storage for $52,503 a good deal? It depends!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

A news story about the school board in Marshall Missouri approving data storage plans in addition to getting good news on health insurance rates just came into my in box. I do not live in or anywhere near Marshall Missouri as I live about 420 miles north ...

My Server and Storage IO holiday break projects

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Happy new years!Following up from a flurry of posts in the closing days of 2011 including industry trends perspective predictions for 2012 and 2013, top blog posts from 2011, top all time posts, along with a couple of other items here and here, its time to get back to 2012 ...

What am I hearing and seeing while out and about

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

It has been a busy fall 2011 which started out with VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas just before the labor day weekend.Scenes from the CXI party (@cxi) at VMworld 2011 Besides activity in support of the launch of my new book Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), I ...

Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

For those who have read any of my previous posts, seen some of my articles, news letters, videos, pod casts, web casts or in person appearances you may have heard that I have a new book coming out this summer. Here in the northern hemisphere its summer (well technically the ...

Its US Census time, What about IT Data Centers?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It is that once a decade activity time this year referred to as the US 2010 Census. With the 2010 census underway, not to mention also time for completing and submitting your income tax returns, if you are in IT, what about measuring, assessing, taking inventory ...

March Metric Madness: Fun with Simple Math

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Its March and besides being spring in north America, it also means tournament season including the NCAA basket ball series among others known as March Madness. Given the office pools and other forms of playing with numbers tied to the tournaments and real ...

Hard product vs. soft product

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

In the IT industry space and data storage or computers and servers particularly so, mention hard product or software product and what comes to mind? How about physical vs. virtual servers or storage, hardware vs. software solutions, products vs. services? By contrast, in the aviation and airline ...

Technology Tiering, Servers Storage and Snow Removal

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Granted it is winter in the northern hemisphere and thus snow storms should not be a surprise. However between December 2009 and early 2010, there has been plenty of record activity from in the U.K. (or here), to the U.S. east coast including New York, Boston and Washington DC, across the ...

Justifying Green IT and Home Hardware Upgrades with EnergyStar

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Have you seen the TV commercials or print advertisements where an energy star washer is mentioned as so efficient that the savings from reduced power consumption are enough to pay for the dryer? If not, check out the EPA Energy Star website for information about various ...

Did HP respond to EMC and Cisco VCE with Microsoft HyperV bundle?

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Last week EMC and Cisco along with Intel and VMware created the VCE collation along with a consumption model based service joint venture called Acadia.In other activity last week, HP made several announcements including: Improvements in sensing technologies StorageWorks enhancements (SVSP, IBRIX, EVA and HyperV, X9000 and others) ...

Acadia VCE: VMware + Cisco + EMC = Virtual Computing Environment

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Was today the day the music died? (click here or here if you are not familar with the expression) Add another three letter acronym (TLA) to your IT vocabulary if you are involved with server, storage, networking, virtualization, security and related infrastructure resource management (IRM) ...