Am in the middle of some research into storage, and the latest technologies that help to ensure that storage doesn't exist as an island or silo. No, don't switch off!
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V-Blocks: it's a new form of packaging for servers, switches and storage for your datacentre, and it looks like the future.EMC and Cisco have announced that they'll be selling aggregated systems that simply slot into your datacentre.
Is email archiving a big problem for SMEs? I spoke recently to Softek, a UK-based disti billing itself as 'highly technical value add distributor of IT security, email archiving and storage solutions'.
The world tends to see Ethernet as the way forward for pretty much every type of connectivity requirement. But is it – especially in the context of storage?
Virtualisation has moved from being a shiny new technology concept to a sticky business that involves getting your hands dirty with some real technology and business problems. But while server virtualisation is now a well-known technique for saving money by increasing server CPU utilisation, storage virtualisation remains a hazy concept.
Are flywheels better than batteries? I visited a datacentre a while back that had a flywheel to fill the gap between power outages and the diesel generator kicking in.
Had an interesting wide-ranging discussion with a bunch of people at a BT cloud computing seminar the other day, including long-standing contact and analyst Phil Wainewright.But it was something that Chris Lindsay, BT's head of cloud, said that struck me.
Every so often, a news story emerges -- usually after a quick blast of marketing and PR effort by IBM -- asserting that the mainframe is no longer dead. As IBM is now effectively the only purveyor of mainframe hardware, this can and often does follow the launch of a new rev of IBM's own Unix/Linux-based (once known as System i, including System p, and before that AS/400) mini-computers using the IBM Power CPU; internal rivalries run deep at IBM, it seems.
According to a recent report, over half of CIOs reckon that users shouldn't be using social networking sites such as Facebook. The rationale is apparently that workers should be working not messing about discussing their latest baby photos or whatever.
Did you know that keeping two multi-core systems in lock-step was hard? No, neither did I.