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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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Storage specialists giving way to IT generalists – Randy Kerns on Storage Soup Blog

By Randy Kerns, Monday, January 17th 2011

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When I meet with IT personnel or speak at events, I always try to find out what people are doing in their positions in IT. Finding out what their daily work entails gives a good barometer on what is happening...

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Storage spending: the big picture, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, January 10th 2011

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I’m always interested in reading stories about expectations for spending on storage. There are the continuing prediction stories where it is reported that next’s year’s spending will be x% up or down from last year. Those stories are interesting but...

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New Orleans backup snafu shows inefficient data protection, Storage Soup blog by Randy Kerns

By Randy Kerns, Monday, January 3rd 2011

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The recent loss of mortgage records in Orleans Parish in New Orleans shows how important it is to have an efficient data protection process and efficient use of storage resources, and how the two are related. Newspaper articles in the...

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Capellas led coalition making strides by the Vblock, John Webster Data-Driven blog

By John Webster, Monday, December 20th 2010

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VCE most closely resembles a nonprofit organization in that it is totally funded by capital and equity contributions from the four coalition members. All revenue from Vblock sales and services is turned over to the partners based on their product...

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Does ‘Big Data’ equal big opportunity for storage vendors? John Webster’s data-driven Blog

By John Webster, Monday, November 29th 2010

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Earlier this year, EMC surprised the storage community with its acquisition of Greenplum, a small producer of sophisticated software that can be used to both scale-out and accelerate data warehousing and business analytics applications. Its core technology is based on...

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