The future of storage is software-defined

Image: Chris Dagdigian (cc:by) The Storage Networking Industry Association recently hosted an industry summit, “The Future of Computing – The Convergence of Memory and Storage through Non-Volatile Memory (NVM).” For a glimpse...

Redefining mission-critical storage tiers

Image: John Manoogian III (cc:by-sa) The traditional model of tiered storage is broken. “Fast and expensive vs. slow and cheap” doesn’t match how people actually use storage. But there is a better way: service...

Software robots are taking over the data center!

Image: Jeff Sandquist (cc:by) By now, you’re probably familiar with IT’s new business mindset: that of a highly efficient service provider. Cloud services, consumerization and BYOD are just a few of the business-driven topics...

Storage predictions: 5 things that WON'T happen in 2014

Are you fed up with reading 2014 predictions yet? Each year around this time, pundits in the tech sector make predictions about which transitions will occur in the coming year. Rather than adding to the long list of...

2013 in review: 'Cloud' is now normal. And so the real work begins!

Image: Peter Dutton (cc:by) Cloud has proven to be a sticky marketing term, even (especially?) among non-technical consumers. In 2013, the average consumer began to understand just what the cloud was all about: an immense...

2013 in review: Big data, bigger expectations?

Image: Olga Tarkovskiy (cc:by-sa) It’s fair to say that big data has experienced more than its share of hype over the past year. According to Gartner’s 2013 Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies, big data is approaching its peak of...

2013 in review: Enterprise flash storage goes mainstream

Image: christmasstockimages.com (cc:by) 2013 is the year that flash became “standard equipment” for mainstream storage arrays. As the year comes to a close, it’s hard to envision a new enterprise-class array being deployed...

Speedy storage: Pros and cons of SSDs and flash

Image: "Speedy vs. Kid Flash" by JD Hancock (cc:by) Enterprise storage architects have developed many ways to increase application performance by implementing flash memory. This has raised the bar for IT professionals, who need...

When it comes to storage, cache is king

“Tape is Dead, Disk is Tape, Flash is Disk, RAM Locality is King.” So said the late Jim Gray of Microsoft Research, in 2006. While tape never really died, a new wave of vendors have picked-up his original theme, predicting that...

Is tiered storage obsolete? Yes and no!

Image: Barney Livingston (cc:by-sa) Traditionally, discussions about enterprise storage economics revolved around the concept of a multi-tiered model. In reality, this often had more to do with vendor portfolio economics than...

A better way to design cloud storage: Learn from mainframes

Image: Dave Winer (cc:by-sa) What can the experience of managing IBM mainframes teach us about designing storage for public or private cloud computing? Plenty, it turns out... In my previous post, Designing Cloud Storage? Ditch...

Designing cloud storage? Ditch the LUN!

Image: Mad cherub (cc:by) I'm always surprised that so many people still want to build their private and public cloud on logical units, served out by Fibre Channel SANs.  From my point of view, we should have ditched the LUN...

3 things you need to know to save your IT job: #3 Flash

Image: JD Hancock (cc:by) The start of this series covered two trends that are having a huge impact on IT: The mega-shifts to cloud computing and to the software-defined data center. Make sure you’re fully prepared for these big...

3 things you need to know to save your IT job: #2 Software-defined data center

Image: JD Hancock (cc:by) Do you have an IT job involving enterprise data? More importantly, do you want to keep it? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared for three big shifts in...

3 things you need to know to save your IT job: #1 Cloud computing

Do you have an IT job involving enterprise data? More importantly, do you want to keep it? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared for three big shifts in technology that are...

Are you ready for software-defined storage?

The software-defined data center is one of the technology trends that’s kicking the industry into its next evolutionary stage. It's rife with innovation and has the potential to dramatically increase IT’s agility when delivering...

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