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Is Amazon Silk Too Good To Be True?

There’s lots of news over the last 24 hours about the release of the latest Kindle device (the Kindle Fire) and yet another browser coming to the marketplace.  The Fire will have it’s own browser, named Silk, using the analogy of silk cloth of being made up of many individual threads.  Amazon Inc are claiming the Silk architecture will improve ... Read More »

Hitachi Acquire BlueArc (At Last)

I don’t talk about company acquisitions too often but I can’t let the purchase of BlueArc by HDS pass me by without adding my opinion.  First of all, for those of you who don’t know, BlueArc sells NAS hardware which has been resold by HDS for some years under the HNAS brand.  The hardware comes stand-alone or can act as ... Read More »

HP Touchpad – The Price Wasn’t Right?

I have to admit I was quite shocked to read on holiday that HP had decided to kill off the Touchpad and webOS after what can only be 2 months since launch. In fact at HP Discover 2011 in June, the Touchpad was centre-stage in all presentations, forming a consistent presentation layer for accessing Enterprise content. Since being discontinued, HP ... Read More »

Array Design – Risk Versus Impact

Last week I heard about a large organisation that experienced a double-disk failure on one of their storage arrays.  As a result, major systems were down for nearly 8 hours.  Double-disk failures (where a second disk fails within a RAID group while the first failed disk is being rebuilt) are rare occurrences but they can happen.  With the increasing use ... Read More »

Chromebook – The Balance of Risk and Cost

Yesterday’s post generated a few comments that focused on the cost and ease of use of the Chromebook.  Now it’s time to put a data management spin onto it. Today we keep our primary data either directly on our PC/laptop or on a file server.  File server can mean many things; a home NAS server, a corporate Enterprise server or ... Read More »

Chromebook – What are Google Thinking?

I’ve just been watching a discussion on the Google Chromebook on BBC Breakfast.  Surprisingly the presenters had some half decent questions to ask Rory Cellan-Jones as he showed them the latest attempt by Google to grab a further hold on the IT market.  But what makes Google think this device is in any way a practical replacement for a laptop ... Read More »