April 7, 2014

Arrived in Las Vegas last night to spend three (3) days and nights with a forecasted 90,000 other attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. As one of NAB’s opening events – and my first stop at the show – was the ShowStoppers event at the Wynn Hotel and Casino near the Las Vegas convention center. There analysts and press got to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours talking with select providers about numerous emerging technologies, one of which was software defined storage.

March 19, 2014

In this final blog entry from our interview with Nimbus Data CEO and Founder Thomas Isakovich, we discuss his company’s latest product, the Gemini X-series. We explore the role of the Flash Director and how it Gemini X-series appeals to enterprises as well as cloud service providers.

March 14, 2014

One of the more difficult tasks for anyone deeply involved in technology is the ability to see the forest from the trees. Often responsible for supporting the technical components that make up today’s enterprise infrastructures, to step back and recommend which technologies are the right choices for their organization going forward is a more difficult feat. While there is no one right answer that applies to all organizations, five (5) technologies – some new as well as some old technologies that are getting a refresh – merit that organizations prioritize them in the coming months and years.

March 11, 2014

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 $50K and Under Converged Infrastructure Buyer’s Guide. In this two Buyer’s Guides, DCIG weights, scores and ranks 10 converged infrastructure solutions from six (6) different providers. Like previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting a converged infrastructure solution to help expedite application deployments and then simplify their long term management.

November 19, 2013

Anyone who managed IT infrastructures in the late 1990′s or early 2000′s probably still remembers how external storage arrays were largely a novelty reserved for high end enterprises with big data centers and deep pockets. Fast forward to today and a plethora of storage arrays exist in a variety of shapes and sizes at increasingly low price points. As such it can be difficult to distinguish between them. To help organizations sort them out, my blog entry today provides a primer on the types of storage arrays currently available on the market.

November 14, 2013

Archiving or backing up large amounts of data to the cloud is very appealing until one starts to examine the mechanics of actually sending or retrieving that data from the cloud. Waiting minutes or hours to send or retrieve data is no longer acceptable to today’s end-users who are rapidly becoming accustomed to near-instant response times. In this fifth and final part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, he explains how sending or retrieving data in a piecemeal fashion to the cloud is the fastest and most effective way to do so.

November 6, 2013

Storing archival and backup data in the cloud is high on the list of priorities of many organizations if for no other reason is that the data remains accessible and available without organizations having to bear the burden of managing the data locally long term. But as more organizations use cloud storage gateways to store this data, they will find distinct differences in how these appliances manage data in the cloud with differences sometimes existing even between appliances from the same vendor. In this fourth part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, he reveals the various methods that the BridgeSTOR NAS and VTL cloud gateway appliances store, access and manage this data locally and in the cloud.

October 29, 2013

Ask any large organization how many tapes they have sitting around in local storage or at Iron Mountain or some other third party storage facility and odds are they have more tapes – and are likely spending more money storing these tapes – than they would like to admit. This opens up a unique opportunity for a third party provider to solve this dilemma. In this third part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, we discuss how using the BridgeSTOR VTL cloud gateway appliance organizations can move their tape museums into the cloud.

October 17, 2013

NAS gateway appliances that connect to backend public storage clouds are still not a “dime a dozen” but they are definitely more prevalent than they were even a few years ago. However a new class of gateway appliances that provides a virtual tape library (VTL) is now available from BridgeSTOR. In this second part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, we discuss the inner workings of its VTL interface that it is making available this month on its cloud gateway appliance.

October 2, 2013

Storing data in the cloud is on almost every company’s radar screen. However what remains a little hazy is the best way for them to store data in the cloud. The use of public cloud storage gateways as a means to store and retrieve data from public storage clouds is rapidly emerging as the preferred option to do so. In this first blog entry of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, we take a look at some of the different gateways solutions available for accessing public storage clouds and how they differ.

September 9, 2013

Security, security, security. The word rings loud and clear in the ears of corporate business owners when it comes to the data and information stored on mobile devices. Allowing employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) may increase productivity but an organization needs to make sure their sensitive information does not become public. In the fourth and final part of my interview with Amtel, Inc. CEO, Pankaj Gupta, we examine the growing trend in enterprises adopting BYOD and the scope of systems management being offered by organizations like Amtel.

August 30, 2013

On my flight home last night from San Francisco to Omaha I had the opportunity to reflect a bit on what I learned and saw at VMworld 2013 this past week. In particular, I spent a fair amount of time thinking back as to what were the most transformational technologies I saw while at VMworld. Having now thought about it, I have to classify those offered by Amazon, Avere and Oracle as having the most promise to transform how the data center is delivered and designed sooner rather than later.

August 26, 2013

In the arena of mobile data storage a business has a few options. In choosing which solution is best a company may ask itself, “Is keeping data on premises or putting it in the cloud more cost-effective?” and “Do we feel comfortable using the cloud for our storage needs?” During my first installment with Amtel, Inc. CEO, Pankaj Gupta, we chatted about how companies can adopt an open attitude in the corporate world of bring your own device (BYOD). Now, in my second segment with Amtel’s CEO, we discuss the benefits of storing data in the cloud, how secure cloud storage really is, and how accepting midmarket companies and larger enterprises are of putting their data in the cloud.

June 20, 2013

There is a tendency among technology providers to sometimes pooh-pooh the virtualization needs of small and midsized businesses and only focus on the needs of the “really big enterprises.” However when one considers that the 900,000+ companies with 20-500 employees in Canada, the UK and US are less than 30% virtualized, a tremendous opportunity exists for the right technology provider to meet their specific needs.

April 24, 2013

Just because a backup appliance can back up and recover data to the cloud does not mean they all do so equally well. Further complicating the decision process, some companies back up to their own private cloud while others opt to back up and recover from public clouds. In this second part of my interview series with STORServer’s Jarrett Potts, we examine how backup to public and private clouds differ and what features a backup appliance needs to offer to meet these different requirements.

April 18, 2013

Backup and the cloud are becoming increasingly linked as they solve two issues that have plagued organizations for years: automating the movement of data offsite and providing a cost-effective means to store it there. But just because one can back up to the cloud does not mean all solutions do so equally well. In this first part of an interview series with STORServer’s Jarrett Potts, we examine what specific features a solution needs to offer to effectively back up to the cloud as well as how the solution needs to be constructed.

April 17, 2013

Few if any in IT dispute the reality of the cloud or the impact that it is having on businesses. But too many in IT are still prone to say “No” to cloud deployments in THEIR business out of fear of the unknown associated with the cloud. This mindset is now becoming more dangerous as it may turn into a self-fulfilling form of digital Darwinism for you and/or your business.

February 8, 2013

Companies have spent billions if not tens of billions of dollars putting in place the necessary hardware and software to virtualize their data centers. These numbers fail to take into account the countless man hours that they have also spent planning, configuring and implementing these environments. Yet just as many are ready to take a deep breath and enjoy the fruits of their labors, they are coming to the realization that virtualizing their environment and creating private or public clouds only laid the foundation for the real goal of data center automation.

January 7, 2013

As companies of all sizes move from physical environments to ones that are more highly virtualized (or even entirely virtualized,) everything changes. While “how backups are done” is sometimes viewed as the biggest change, monitoring the virtual environment and leveraging the cloud are becoming higher priorities for end users. In this fourth and final blog entry in my interview series with PHD Virtual’s CMO Steve Kahan, he discusses how virtualization monitoring and the cloud are impacting the future of backup in general and PHD Virtual specifically.

November 9, 2012

This past week nearly 120 million people cast their vote in the US presidential election. But another election that is privately ongoing in many enterprises right now is how they are going to vote with their pocket book in terms of which private storage cloud they are going to deploy. This week after attending the HDS Influencer Summit in Santa Clara, CA, and seeing what HDS has to offer, HDS has for now edged out its competitors and earned my vote for having the best private storage cloud for enterprises.