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Violin Maestro – The Flash On-Ramp?

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Imagine the following scenario, played out in IT departments around the world.  As business grows, so does data volume and application traffic.  Performance suffers as the application starts creaking around the edges.  The inevitable upgrade is required.  If the application is relatively new, it may be possible to scale out the architecture, however this isn’t the case for many traditional ... Read More »

The Evolution of Hitachi Data Systems

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It wasn’t long ago that many people used to think of Hitachi Data Systems, aka HDS as nothing more than a box shifter.  I myself have to admit at being complicit in that view, being somewhat negative of the release of Hitachi High Availability Manager in 2009.  The other criticism levelled at the company was the quality of their software, ... Read More »

Will Connected Data be Good for Drobo?

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Word on the street says Drobo are planning a merger with Connected Data, the new company at the heart of the transporter product.  Drobo, formerly Data Robotics Inc, makes a range of “storage robots”, devices that need little or no user management and come in a range of consumer and SMB offerings.  Connected Data recently released the Transporter, a desktop ... Read More »

Podcast Interview with Mike Kazar, CTO Avere Systems

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Before I went on holiday I managed to have a chat with Mike Kazar, Chief Technology Officer for and co-founder of Avere Systems.  Prior to founding Avere, Mike worked at Netapp after founding Spinnaker, which was acquired by Netapp in 2003 and was developed into Data ONTAP Cluster-mode.  Mike was recently awarded the IEEE Johnson Award for Lifetime Contributions to ... Read More »

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Clouds – Pt II

In my previous post I started the discussion on how cloud storage could actually be useful to organisations and not be simply for consumer use. Standards One of the big issues that will arise is the subject of standards. To my knowledge, there is no standard so far which determines how cloud storage should be accessed and how objects should ... Read More »

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Clouds – Pt I

Storagezilla was quick to turn a Twitter conversation into a PR opportunity for EMC this week. Have a read. As one of the originators of this conversation, I’d intended to blog on it but was slightly beaten to print. Never mind, I’ve got more content to add to the discussion. The original question was whether IT departments with purely DAS ... Read More »