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.
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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.
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.
Cloud computing brings its own sets of problems for cloud providers. Hmph, I hear you snort, who cares?
What do the words solid-state storage mean to you? A whole bunch of attributes come firmly attached to the technology.
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.
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.
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.
As datacentres -- sorry, that should be 'private clouds' -- become more dense and more complex, the impact of poor performance becomes more widespread. So much for stating the obvious.
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.
So it's official: Dell will no longer resell EMC equipment. This comes as little surprise, as any watcher of Dell's acquisitions will agree.
Is Iceland destined to be the new Silicon Valley? Or maybe Silicon Geyser might be more appropriate.
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.
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.
If you're involved in managing storage in a datacentre, then you know that managing it is not always the easiest task. Trouble is, there's lots of companies out there now that promise to fix the problem.
Datacentres are powering down. This may sound a bit odd given that world + dog seem to be opening new facilities every other week -- though bear in mind that we rarely hear about old, outdated facilities being mothballed or re-purposed.