CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help?The CompTIA folks are looking for some comments and feedback from those who are involved with data storage in various ways as part of planning for their upcoming enhancements to the Storage+ certification testing. As a point of disclosure, I ...

Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO its off to work they go

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM....

Modernizing data protection with certainty

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Speaking of and about modernizing data protection, back in June I was invited to be a keynote presenter on industry trends and perspectives at a series of five dinner events (Boston, Chicago, Palo Alto, Houston and New York City) sponsored by Quantum (that is a disclosure btw). ...

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 ...

EMC VPLEX: Virtual Storage Redefined or Respun?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

In a flurry of announcements that coincide with EMCworld occurring in Boston this week of May 10 2010 EMC officially unveiled the Virtual Storage vision initiative (aka twitter hash tag of #emcvs) and initial VPLEX product. The Virtual Storage initiative was virtually previewed ...

Virtual Storage and Social Media: What did EMC not Announce?

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Synopsis: EMC made a vision statement in a recent multimedia briefing that has a social networking angle as well as storage virtualization, virtual storage, public and private clouds. Basically EMC provided a vision preview of in a social media networking friendly manner of a vision being refereed to ...

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 ...

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and ...

I/O Virtualization (IOV) Revisited

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Is I/O Virtualization (IOV) a server topic, a network topic, or a storage topic (See previous post)? Like server virtualization, IOV involves servers, storage, network, operating system, and other infrastructure resource management areas and disciplines. The business and technology value proposition or benefits of ...

Could Huawei buy Brocade?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Disclosure: I have no connection to Huawei. I own no stock in, nor have I worked for Brocade as an employee; however I did work for three years at SAN vendor INRANGE which was acquired by CNT. However I left to become an industry analyst prior to ...

I/O, I/O, Its off to Virtual Work and VMworld I Go (or went)

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Ok, so I should have used that intro last week before heading off to VMworld in San Francisco instead of after the fact. Think of it as a high latency title or intro, kind of like attaching a fast SSD to a slow, high latency storage controller, or ...

Is There a Data and I/O Activity Recession?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

With all the focus on both domestic and international economic woes and discussion of recessions and depressions and possible future rapid inflation, recent conversations with IT professionals from organizations of all size across different industry sectors and geographies prompted the question, is there also a data and I/O ...