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Manek Dubash

Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience. Focused on business technology, he observes and comments on enterprise infrastructure issues for a range of industry-influential websites. His work has appeared in national newspapers as well as specialist technology journals and websites. He has also held senior posts on major newsstand magazines, including PC Magazine where he was editor-in-chief, and has worked with analysis and research companies such as Datamonitor and STL Partners.

Latest Posts

Are we in a datacentre building bubble?

January 16, 2012 by in Networking

Are we in a datacentre building bubble?

Big data is back on the agenda of enterprises, according to a new survey released by Oracle, the eponymous database company. The survey of 949 datacentre managers in Europe and the Middle East was commissioned from analyst firm Quocirca and suggests that datacentres are running out of space for data -- fast.

Are high-speed disks on the scrapheap?

January 4, 2012 by in Networking

Are high-speed disks on the scrapheap?

In blog last year, I had a bit of a pop at SSDs following a failure. I do not as a rule draw general conclusions from specific cases so I didn't assume that SSDs were bad, although there's certainly a warning to be gleaned from the sudden failure I experienced.

In praise of tape and robotics

December 2, 2011 by in Networking

In praise of tape and robotics

Tape isn't sexy and it isn't cutting edge. But it does play an important role in larger enterprises who need to keep data for long periods of time, whether for their own business processes, such as insurance and pensions companies, or for compliance reasons, such as pharmaceutical companies.

Keeping cloud computing in perspective

November 25, 2011 by in Networking

Keeping cloud computing in perspective

I've been talking about cloud computing a lot recently, both at an analyst conference and at seminars organised by a cloud provider / systems integrator.Gathering feedback from attendees at the seminars was enlightening.

Battle for the datacentre network hots up

November 18, 2011 by in Networking

Battle for the datacentre network hots up

There's a quiet battle going on for the datacentre network -- or perhaps not so quiet.This week, at NetEvents Asia in Phuket, Thailand, before an audience of technology press and analysts from the region, datacentre equipment vendors fought a verbal battle to upgrade a fictional datacentre.

New products from Storage Network World 2011

November 2, 2011 by in Networking

New products from Storage Network World 2011

The first day of storage show Storage Network World here in Frankfurt saw a flutter of new products, and some interesting conversations.Emulex monitors SANsStorage area networking saw a new management system from Emulex, the host bus adaptor (HBA) vendor, which competes with LSI Logic and Qlogic.

Object storage inches closer to mainstream

October 6, 2011 by in Networking

Object storage inches closer to mainstream

I may have mentioned here before that I believe object storage is likely to become more popular, and here's why.Standard file systems tend to slow down the more files they have to manage due to the need to traverse the tree structure, which can be very deep for service providers managing data from multiple customers.

Storage not servers sees innovation

September 29, 2011 by in Networking

Storage not servers sees innovation

Server makers could be in trouble -- piling more woe onto HP's plate, perhaps, a company that underwent a firestorm of negative publicity following its recent dismissal of a CEO after just 11 months in office. But I'm not about to pour more fuel onto that fire.

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