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The Public Cloud: Friend or Foe for Storage Vendors, John Webster blog post

By John Webster, Wednesday, August 11th 2010

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www.cnet.com/data-driven Last year, storage vendors were all about cloud. They saw major-league opportunities in the private, public, hybrid, and federated versions. No cloud was too big or too small. In fact, because clouds were "infinitely scalable," there was no limit...

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EMC builds new data computing division around Greenplum, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, July 8th 2010

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EMC has announced it will acquire Greenplum, a data warehousing and business analytics software firm for an undisclosed sum. EMC will use this acquisition to form the basis of a new Data Computing Products Division led by Bill Cook, CEO...

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A challenge for storage entrepreneurs, CNET Data-drive blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

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The storage-focused BD Event wrapped up last week in Boston after two and a half days of presentations and networking for the enterprise storage industry--executives meeting up with executives in a kind of industry-focused, back to old college days mixer....

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A World Without Records, CNET blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, May 28th 2010

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In enterprise IT, it is common to find storage administrators who will tell you that the company's default position in regard to data retention is to always store everything forever. Since that policy is hard if not impossible to sustain,...

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A report from Compellent C-Drive, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, May 12th 2010

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Compellent's C-Drive event last week drew about 300 storage administrators and IT generalists to downtown Minneapolis one week before EMC World. While that's small show by EMCWorld standards, it was a big event for Compellent customers. I have yet to...

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The emergence of application-managed storage, CNET Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, April 12th 2010

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Yesterday, I heard a story about a CIO of one of the big NYC-based financial services firms explaining to his audience what was delaying further virtualization of the firm's application environment. The reason wasn't related to hardware or software.  Read...

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EMC’s Gelsinger plans to deliver application fluidity, blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, March 12th 2010

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John Webster comments on the  Pat Gelsinger, EMC's COO for Information Infrastructure Products, recently imparted vision for the future of IT.  Pat spoke to a group of analysts gathered in Hopkinton, Mass last week. Gelsinger, who now manages some of the company's crown...

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Isilon back from near death, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, February 15th 2010

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Last week, Isilon, which designs and sells clustered storage systems and software for digital content, announced the integration of STEC's solid-state disk modules to its S- and X-Series or scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) platforms built on SAS and SATA disk...

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Hello Oracle stack; bye-bye best of breed? CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, January 28th 2010

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For years the IT industry has been extolling the virtues of "best of breed." Build your IT environment using the best servers, networking gear, apps, storage--all from the best vendors within their own particular space. Now it appears to be...

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Storage Predictions for 2011, Blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, January 22nd 2010

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My worthy competitors within the ranks of the storage analyst community have been out there for the last few weeks making predictions for 2010. Since I like to differentiate myself (and let's face it, I'm a bit late to the...

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