Storage predictions for 2015

Storage predictions for 2015

The storage industry is changing rapidly. This post covers the trends and technologies that will affect your decisions in 2015

The state of storage in 2014

The state of storage in 2014

Planning often and early is a good idea. In this two part blog on storage directions, I cover the current state of the art in 2014, and where I believe we'll be heading in 2015 and beyond.

Bulletproof storage

Bulletproof storage

As storage becomes more dense, A system which is highly available becomes more critical. The term bullet proof has been used to describe storage systems which are designed with extremely high availability in mind. Could your storage...

4 pillars of data management

Everyone knows the term data center, but not everyone understands what the day to day operations within a data center is all about. understanding data center operations is critical for anyone interested in a career in IT.

Hyper-convergence or just hype

It sure is hard to keep up in this fast changing technology world. Hyper-convergence is the latest new buzz word in data center circles. Third platform, Internet of things, object based storage, erasure coded disk, software-defined...

Information technology kung fu

The world has changed. Information technology everywhere is the new normal, as almost everyone is connected in some way to the net. Television was the last big thing, but people are now even bypassing television and getting most of...

Don't let storage ruin your vacation

In the spirit of the vacation season, I wanted to share some thoughts on an experience I had recently while on a holiday in the northwest U.S. and southwest Canada. If you ever get a chance to visit places like Banff and Lake...

The freedom of the cloud

I recently attended the Cloud Computing East 2014 conference put on by the DCIA and the CCA in Washington DC, and as usual, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the speakers at these cloud events. The information imparted...

3 cloud storage tips

I wanted to share a few of the cloud storage tips I have been developing. The first one was included in a recent article at CIO Magazine. Tip 1: Before you think of storage in the cloud, you need to be sure to understand your use...

The foundation of clouds: Intelligent abstraction

The term cloud computing is bandied about all the time these days, but many folks are still confused about what all the fuss is about, and what it means to them. The IT landscape is changing faster than it ever has before, and it...

Storage predictions 2014, a decade early

Back to the future, or how I was 10 years too early Every year I try to look into my crystal ball and anticipate the new big things and latest trends in storage in order to prepare for the coming year. My goal is to keep those in...

The rapid rate of change in IT

I just recently spent a few days in beautiful downtown Las Vegas at the Gartner Data Center Conference, and I must say, it was quite informative and a good show all together. One thing I found especially intriguing is how the IT...

Data deduplication in the cloud explained, part three: Implementation methods

Chris Poelker on Data Deduplication 1. Basic concepts 2. Deep Dive 3. Implementation methods (free registration required) In the first two installations of this blog, I discussed the business benefits of deduplication and how...

Data deduplication in the cloud explained, part two: The deep dive

In part one of this series, I covered the basic concepts of data duplication.   Before getting to the next installment, I wanted to take a second and apologize to the readers for the long delay between posts. It's a long story, but...

Data deduplication in the cloud explained, part one

Everyone is talking about the benefits of storing data to the cloud for sharing information among friends, to simplify moving data between different mobile devices, and for small businesses to back up and provide disaster recovery...

Security, data and the cloud

It seems Canadians are still extremely skeptical of the cloud.  This is due to the ability of both the U.S. and Canadian government’s ability to access their data. I find that somewhat ironic as many people in this connected world...

Smartphones, big data, storage and you

When's the last time you looked up from your smartphone and spoke to the person sitting next to you?  For many of us, it's been awhile. Mobile technology is having a huge impact on our lives and our society – along with changing...

Tape versus disk: The backup war exposed

The debate over whether disk or tape is the better solution for backup has been going on for some time now, and it seems the answer you get typically depends on who is responding to the question. According to many chief financial...

SNW, acronyms and the evolution of the storage industry

I just returned from the spring 2013 Storage Networking World conference (SNW), and I was amazed at how much smaller the conference is now compared to just a few years ago. The vendor booth areas were especially scaled back. The...

Backups as a source for data mining

Hey, backup guys. How would you like to finally get some respect and become one of the go-to data management experts for your company? If you’re a backup person and value your job, you most likely back up all of the most important...

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