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Benchmarks: Time for Some Vendor Honesty

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some perusing of vendor products and benchmarks for both storage arrays and PCIe SSD cards.  For the PCIe data, you can see the fruits of this labour at PCIe SSD Vendors and Products.  This morning I was looking at the figures for the latest NetApp EF5x0 upgrade, the EF550, their interim all-flash ... Read More »

Where Does Tape Go From Here?

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I read with interest Chris Mellor’s recent article on Oracle’s latest tape drive and it got me thinking.  In the mid 1990′s I was doing some work for StorageTek (which is where this tape technology comes from) and was lucky to be asked to speak at the StorageTek Forum, that year held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At the time, STK ... Read More »

Windows 8.1 and the “New” Interface

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I’ve just installed Windows 8.1 in a test VM to give it a whirl.  This is supposed to be the version with the return of the start button, but I think in fact Microsoft have just made things even more confusing. The first image in the gallery below is my desktop as it stands when I first log in.  The ... Read More »

A Year In Review (Newsletter #1)

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Each month the most popular posts will be shared on email with additional content.  Newsletter #1 offers a year-end summary.  Here’s the basis of the content, for this edition only.  Subscribe for future releases. Once again 2012 was a busy year for technology.  Here are some of the highlights. Software Defined Everything.  There were two acquisitions that had everyone talking about ... Read More »

Making Sense of Storage Vendor Growth Comparisons

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Each quarter, Gartner produces a report listing their estimates on figures for sales of external storage arrays, otherwise known as “external controller-based” disk (ECB).  The figures for 3Q12 are just out and make interesting reading.  IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle are all down on their position 12 months ago, whilst the other vendors have seen growth, with the best figures ... Read More »

Hitachi Attacks Migration Costs with Non-Disruptive Migration Feature

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It’s probably fair to say that data migration is one of the most tedious tasks in storage management.  Moving data from one array to another, simply to decommission a piece of hardware or for load and capacity balancing, doesn’t ever inspire me. But it’s a necessary evil and one I’ve done many times.  Unless the existing storage configuration has been ... Read More »