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EMC: The Platform Company — Data-Driven Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, May 18th 2011

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It's Monday morning at EMC World 2011 and EMC Chairman Joe Tucci opens the show with 10,000-plus in the audience. On stage with Tucci are big black boxes. What's wrong with this picture? EMC is no longer a company that...

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Free storage features, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, May 11th 2011

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For years, storage systems have evolved with the addition of high value features. The features have become differentiating characteristics between the storage systems in many cases. They’ve also become in many cases requirements for any sophisticated storage array. These include:...

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Archiving’s Two Primary Use Cases – Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Thursday, May 5th 2011

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Data archiving is often incorrectly assumed to be an extension of backup. That’s mainly because earlier technology limitations necessitated the use of backup software to store data on devices. Storing information that is not frequently accessed but must be retained...

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Questions Linger About Amazon Outage – – Data-Driven Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, April 29th 2011

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Today, April 29, 2011, Amazon Web Services released a "summary" of its EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) and RDS (Relational Database Service) disruption in its U.S. East Region. This came approximately one week after what appears to be a classic...

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Flash SSD Systems Redefine Storage Tiers — Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, April 25th 2011

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The popularity of storage systems that support tiering within the box, driven primarily by NAND Flash solid state drives (SSDs), has created confusion about the meaning of storage tiering. While speaking to directors and CIOs of IT operations at a...

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Processors for Storage Systems Follow Server/PC Roadmap — Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, April 18th 2011

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Recent storage system launches – such as EMC’s Isilon roll-out last week – included new generations of Intel processors that provide greater processing power and increased performance. This has become a familiar pattern — the latest generations of processors become...

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SNW, the New, the Popular, the Next — Storage Soup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, April 13th 2011

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At SNW there is a chance to see what vendors want to inform the world about – from their product perspective.  There are also presentations that are focused on education and general information for users of storage.  This presents a...

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Virtual-desktop Integration Touches all Professions — CNET Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, April 7th 2011

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I recently gave a presentation at a small gathering of IT "enthusiasts" in Albany, N.Y. I say "enthusiasts" because the audience was an eclectic mix of IT technologists and people with advanced expertise in non-IT fields. For example, I met...

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Storage buying requires an application perspective, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, April 6th 2011

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Much information provided about storage systems reflects details about the specifications of the storage systems – known as speeds and feeds. This has been the norm, and if that information was not presented prominently, many would think the vendor is...

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Belluzzo takes Quantum leap from CEO job; COO Gacek steps up, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, April 4th 2011

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Backup vendor Quantum switched CEOs today. Rick Belluzzo stepped down after nine years and Jon Gacek stepped up from his role as COO and president to replace him. Belluzzo remains chairman of Quantum’s board, and both men said the vendor’s...

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