Hurricane season is underway, but many datacenters and customers do not have adequate plans in case of disaster. Whether you support a small company with onsite storage in a closet, an enterprise with a datacenter in the building next door, or a hosting service responsible for the safe storage of information for hundreds of clients, there are numerous ...
It won't come as a surprise to many people that interest in flash-based storage and adoption at the enterprise level are growing. Research firm IDC highlighted that trend in a press release titled "Flash-Based Storage System Adoption Is on the Rise in Enterprises" the other day.
There's a good chance that, somewhere in your organization, a department-level manager is simply bursting with joy over the prospect of big data and analytics-based applications. That manager is looking at your current databases -- packed with transactional data about customer activity, sales, and the like -- and salivating over the possibilities ...
I'll step way out onto a thin -- and virtual -- limb and speculate that when any IT professionals who are responsible for storage are asked what keeps them awake at night, they won't have a single answer. Instead, they will come up with a list of headaches.
Just imagine, commodity servers and off-the-shelf drives as far as the eye can see -- all being managing by virtual servers and logical controllers! Well, we're not quite there yet, but the wheels of software-defined technologies are certainly pushing the modern datacenter in this direction.
If you are sick of the CFO bouncing back requests for new datacenter equipment and new IT job requests, each denial being accompanied by a note saying "maybe next quarter," it might be that next quarter is here.
One step in the maturation curve for new technologies is job creation. A technology comes out of the lab, works its way into products, gets hyped, starts to be adopted, and eventually, IT professionals with expertise in that tech become hot commodities.
As flash storage emerges as a desirable alternative to hard disk drive storage, enterprises venturing into the market need to get more information about flash than they can get from vendor marketing materials. Dennis Martin is president of Demartek, a consulting firm that does extensive lab testing of flash storage systems in real-world environments to ...
IT must be able to manage today's highly dynamic, rapidly changing, highly shared, and distributed environment to benefit from tomorrow's software defined datacenter (SDDC). Everything -- servers, storage, desktops, networks -- is being virtualized. The best way to optimize the SDDC is to properly manage and automate the analysis across your data sources.
When it comes to the gee-whiz factor in technology, software typically gets overwhelmed by hardware. New hardware inspires a feeling of awe in the average user and even the seasoned IT professional, particularly hardware that you can get your hands on, say a device like a new tablet or notebook.