More than a decade ago, EMC tried to convince me that it was and should be called a software company. At the time I dismissed the idea, because even if EMC's secret sauce was its software, it still only sold that software embedded in big iron.
The term "whitebox" is talked about a lot these days, but it's not a reference to the color of the units! In fact most of them are either black or the gray of unpainted steel. These are boxes with no recognizable brand name manufactured for both the OEM market and the small-scale integrator.
The promise of 3D flash memory is big enough that every company making NAND memory is working on it or already producing product. But like many innovations, the challenge comes when trying to mass-produce it inexpensively. Now, one of the biggest chip-making equipment makers claims to have solved that problem.
I can't believe I'm having these conversations so much more frequently. Then again, maybe I shouldn't be surprised. More organizations across a number of industries are looking at different ways to control storage and their data. Traditional storage solutions still have their place, but new methods are allowing IT shops a lot more flexibility in how they ...
For years vendors have used essentially the same technologies for their disk drives. The result was a close match in features, capacities and prices across the board. Creating larger drives has now become a tougher proposition and there is a divergence of technologies between the two major hard drive manufacturers, Western Digital/HGST and Seagate.
In 2012, Gartner research vice president Phil Sargeant stated, "Because of big data, disaster recovery has had to change its spots to provide a [disaster recovery] mechanism, because it becomes very hard to store 1 petabyte in a traditional backup on tapes... Big data really changes the way people think."
Funny, I always thought Skynet was going to be born in the United States. A French startup is making a compelling argument for our pending machine overlords being born in Paris -- all in the name of big data analytics.
Hopefully I'm not the only one noticing this. In working with a number of organizations, one of the dominant conversation points we've been having is the sheer amount of new data being created and how to control it all. Do you put it into the cloud? Do you archive? Maybe cloud computing is a solid option? What about security? Will all of this new data ...