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Are we ready for IBM’s Smarter Planet? CNET Data-drived blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, January 8th 2010

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By now you've surely seen at least one of the IBM "Let's Build a Smarter Planet" TV ads. I like them. They talk about computing possibilities that are truly big-picture. I also believe in the message that IBM is fundamentally...

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CA’s ‘even a caveman can do it’ moment, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, December 16th 2009

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Back in May of this year, CA introduced Mainframe Software Manager (MSM) to its mainframe customers and in a way, to the world of mainframe computing. MSM is for CA's mainframe administrators what a software install wizard is for the...

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The changing role of the IT storage pro, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, December 3rd 2009

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Recently I heard the chief information officer of a large technology company observe that the consolidation and convergence of IT infrastructure is forcing a consolidation and convergence within his own department. He observed that because platforms are converging around server...

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Is IBM’s Blue Insight a model for your private BI cloud? CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, November 18th 2009

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There's been a general outcry lately about how vendor marketing organizations are abusing the cloud by force-fitting many new and existing products into the cloud computing mold. Still, some cloud-like things actually do fit without the aid of a crow...

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What integrated compute stacks mean for storage professionals, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, November 6th 2009

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I ended my last blog post with "Integrate and prosper." Little did I know that Cisco, EMC, and VMware were about to unveil a Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) early the following week, the biggest cross-vendor integration project yet seen in...

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Will EMC’s rising tide float all storage boats? CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, October 29th 2009

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Given that the phrase "our current economy" has such a negative connotation, EMC's third-quarter earnings report last week was downright upbeat. EMC surpassed its own optimistic guidance for the fiscal quarter just ended by 4 percent. Wow. Other phrases like...

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What the T-Mobile outage means for consumers, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, October 16th 2009

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At Storage Networking World in Phoenix this week, there was a buzz in the hallways and over breakfast tables about the T-Mobile Sidekick outage that was due, according to Microsoft, to "a system failure that created data loss in the...

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MaxiScale and the emergence of software-defined storage, CNET Data-driven by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, October 7th 2009

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For the last two decades, RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) controllers have ruled the storage world. RAID has been required for data protection in disk arrays. RAID schemes (RAID 0,1,6 10, etc.) reside on RAID controllers baked into disk...

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The remodeling of EMC’s executive office suite, CNET Data-driven blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, September 15th 2009

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Earlier this week, EMC revealed that it has attracted longtime Intel executive Pat Gelsinger to run its storage business. Gelsinger is set to become president and chief operating officer of EMC's Information Infrastructure Products (virtually all in EMC's product group...

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VMworld 2009: Great for storage vendors, CNET Data-drive blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, September 7th 2009

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For a storage guy, last week's VMworld 2009 in San Francisco was a great show. All the familiar storage vendors were there and then some. Walking the show floor, I found them to be uniformly positive about traffic and the...

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