President and Founder, DCIG, LLC.
Jerome Wendt currently serves as the President and Founder of DCIG, LLC, which he founded in 2007. Mr. Wendt is an avid writer who has written thousands of articles that have appeared in multiple magazines, on-line publications, and websites. Mr. Wendt is recognized as one of the foremost technology analysts in the enterprise data storage and data protection industries. Mr. Wendt covers topics related to enterprise and cloud infrastructures to include all-flash and hybrid arrays, cloud computing, cloud storage, data protection, hyperconverged infrastructures, and software-defined storage (SDS).
Since founding DCIG, Mr. Wendt originated and developed the processes and methodologies that went into the creation of the DCIG Buyer’s Guides. The first DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide was released in 2010 with millions of copies of the DCIG Buyer’s Guides being distributed worldwide. These Buyer’s Guides have assisted decision makers in properly evaluating and classifying key enterprise data center technologies. The DCIG Buyer’s Guides are widely recognized and used by information technology professionals who view them as the “go-to” source if looking to understand where a product best fits in their enterprise infrastructure.
Prior to founding DCIG, Mr. Wendt served as storage engineer working for First Data Corp. He also has written and contributed to leading publications to include ComputerWorld, InfoStor, IT Central Station, SearchStorage.com, and Storage Magazine, among others. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in 1995 from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) and a bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1990 from Ambassador University (now merged with Azusa Pacific University) in Pasadena, CA. More recently, Mr. Wendt was certified as an Amazon Cloud Solutions Architect. When away from work, he enjoys bowling, camping, fishing and playing Sudoku.
The cloud has gone mainstream with more companies than ever looking to host their production applications with general-purpose cloud providers such as the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). As this occurs, companies must identify backup solutions architected for the cloud that capitalize on the native features of each provider’s cloud offering to best protect their virtual machines (VMs) hosted in the cloud.
One would think that with the continuing explosion in the amount of data being created every year, the number of appliances that can reduce the amount of data stored by deduplicating it would be increasing. That statement is both true and flawed. On one hand, the number of backup and storage appliances that can deduplicate data has never been higher and continues to increase. On the other hand, the number of vendors that create physical target-based appliances dedicated to the deduplication of backup data continues to shrink.
The ratification in November 2018 of the NVMe/TCP standard officially opened the doors for NVMe/TCP to begin to find its way into corporate IT environments. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to listen in on a webinar that SNIA hosted which provided an update on NVMe/TCP’s latest developments and its implications for enterprise IT. Here are four key takeaways from that presentation and how these changes will impact corporate data center Ethernet network designs.
On the surface, all-inclusive software licensing sounds great. You get all the software features that the product offers at no additional charge. You can use them – or not use them – at your discretion. It simplifies product purchases and ongoing licensing. But what if you opt not to use all the product’s features or only need a small subset of them? In those circumstances, you need to take a hard look at any product that offers all-inclusive software licensing to determine if it will deliver the value that you expect.