SSD and Green IT moving beyond green washing

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

SSD and Green IT moving beyond green washingKeeping in mind that there is no such thing as a data or information recession, not to mention that people and data are living longer, there is the need to discuss expanding data footprints. When researching his new article over ...

AWS (Amazon) storage gateway, first, second and third impressions

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the beta of their new storage gateway functionality that enables access of Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services) from your different applications using an appliance installed in your data center site. With this beta launch, Amazon joins other startup vendors who are providing standalone gateway ...

A conversation from SNW 2011 with Jenny Hamel

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Here (.qt) and here (.wmv) is a video from an interview that I did with Jenny Hamel (@jennyhamelsd6) during the Fall 2011 SNW event in Orlando Florida.Topics covered during the discussion include: Importance of metrics that matter for gaining and maintaining IT situational awareness ...

SNW Fall 2011 revisited and SNIA Emerald program

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I traveled down to Orlando Florida for a few days to attend the fall 2011 SNW (Storage Networking World) produced in conjunction by IDG Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). While at the Orlando event, SNIA executive director Leo ...

Whats your take on open virtualization alliance and VMware?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Have you heard about the open virtualization alliance (OVA), their kernel based virtual machine (KVM) and their diverse membership list? If not, here is a link to the OVA FAQ, also take a moment and read this here that talks about OVA along with some perspectives commentary from others as well ...

EPA Energy Star for Data Center Storage Update

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Following up on a recent post about Green IT, energy efficiency and optimization for servers, storage and more, here are some additional  thoughts, perspectives along with industry activity around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star for Server, Data Center Storage and Data ...

Another StorageIO Appearance on Storage Monkeys InfoSmack

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Following up from a previous appearance, I recently had another opportunity to participate in another Storage Monkeys InfoSmack podcast episode. In the most recent podcast, discussions were centered on the recent service disruption at Microsoft/T-Mobile Side-Kick cloud services, FTC blogger disclosure guidelines, is Brocade up for sale ...

PUE, Are you Managing Power, Energy or Productivity?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

With a renewed focus on Green IT including energy Efficiency and Optimization of servers, storage, networks and facilities, is your focus on managing power, energy, or, productivity? For example, do you use or are interested in metrics such as Greengrid PUE or 80 Plus efficient power supplies ...

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

If you subscribe to the notion that Green IT is all about carbon footprints, you may be missing out on some real opportunities to go green. After all, carbon is part of the green movement, there are many other aspects including supply chain, efficiency, sustainability in addition ...

Green Storage is Alive and Well: ENERGY STAR Enterprise Storage Stakeholder Meeting Details

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

While Green hype and green washing may be on the endangered species list if not already extinct, there are many things taking place to shift the focus from talking about being green to enabling and leveraging efficiency and optimization to boost productivity and enable business sustainability.The industry has seen and ...

SNW (And other conferences) Want and Need You!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Not to worry, its not yet time for phrases such as "Ask not what a conference can do for you, ask what you can do for a conference...", at least I hope until some clever marketer tries that theme to stimulate conference participation short of an IT conference bailout package....

Hitting The Road Again

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The phrase hitting the road can have different meaning these days with rash of layoffs, cutbacks, right-sizing and so forth that are hitting companies of all sizes include IT manufacturer, services, media and even analysts firms of the like of giant Gartner (who also canceled some of their upcoming shows/conferences) ...

Green Power and Cooling Tools and Calculators

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

In the course of doing research and consulting work with various IT organizations, VARs, trade groups and vendors over the past couple of years, not to mention in preparing for my new book "The Green and Virtual Data Center" (Auerbach), I have come across (see a list here) several tools, ...

Getting Caught Up – Its Been a Busy Year

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I'm taking a bit of a break during the holidays, getting caught up on some things, getting a jump on some others, doing some reflecting and planning for 2009 and doing a bit of relaxing and having some fun as well.As I look back on 2008, I realize why it ...