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Non-compliance Equals BIG Fines, Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Thursday, March 10th 2011

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The Department of Health and Human Services has levied a hefty fine of $4.3 Million against a Maryland health care provider for HIPAA violations - http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/hipaa-bares-its-teeth-43m-fine-privacy-violation-022311.  This is a significant event and indicator for institutions and companies that deal with...

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What’s next for unified storage? Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Tuesday, March 1st 2011

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Unified storage has gone from a specialty item to something offered from nearly every storage vendor in recent years. In the beginning, vendors such as NetApp took added block capability to their file system storage and NetApp’s biggest rivals have...

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Scale-out vs. scale-up: the basics

By Randy Kerns, Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

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There’s been a lot of talk about scale-out and scale-up storage lately, and I get a sense that a lot of people don’t understand that these terms are not synonymous. And that causes confusion among IT professionals when they are...

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Anatomy of Poor IT Buying Decisions – StorageSoup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Tuesday, February 15th 2011

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I had an interesting conversation about IT decision-making while attending an education foundation meeting that was focused on education. The meeting was a chance to speak with CIOs and other senior IT people in a non-business setting. These discussions can...

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What IBM’s Watson Says to Storage Systems Developers, Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, February 15th 2011

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IBM's Watson debuted for a national prime time TV audience last night on CBS' Jeopardy. Well, to be accurate, his avatar glowed behind his center-stage podium. He did however have a real button to push when he was ready to...

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Take a Hard (and soft) Look at Storage ROI Project Benefits — StorageSoup Blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Thursday, February 10th 2011

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While working on a project for the IT organization of a large company recently, I began questioning the information it included in its Return On Investment (ROI) calculations. The organization used ROI as a measurement to buy storage as part...

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Shared Storage in a Shared Nothing Environment — Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, February 9th 2011

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The computing industry is seeing dramatic growth in the use of "shared nothing" database architectures where each node functions independently of one another and is self-sufficient (Hadoop Distributed File System for example). For the sake of performance, contention among nodes...

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Data center transformation and optimization aren’t the same, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Tuesday, February 1st 2011

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Two topics are of top of mind with IT managers and vendors today: data center transformation and data center optimization. These topics come up all the time in my discussions with CIOs and IT managers in regards to their initiatives,...

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Host vs servers in open systems storage – Randy Kerns on Storage Soup Blog

By Randy Kerns, Monday, January 24th 2011

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While working on a product analysis for the recently launched EMC VNX multiprotocol storage systems, I picked up on something I’ve also seen in other recent vendor presentations. I’m seeing the word host commonly used to refer to the computing...

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Which Big Data are you talking about? CNET Data-driven Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, January 24th 2011

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Late last year I posted a blog item about big data and if/when it would present opportunities for storage vendors. I concluded by saying that, while it was a bit early for next-year prognostications, I expected to see the number...

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