Manek Dubash

Editor, journalist, analyst, presenter and blogger. As well as blogging and writing news & features here on ZDNet, I work as a cloud analyst with STL Partners, and write for a number of other news and feature sites. I also provide research and analysis services, video and audio production, white papers, event photography, voiceovers, event moderation, you name it... Back story An IT journalist for 25+ years, I worked for Ziff-Davis UK for almost 10 years on PC Magazine, reaching editor-in-chief. Before that, I worked for a number of other business & technology publications and was published in national and international titles.

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Are we in a datacentre building bubble?

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.

published January 16, 2012 by

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Are high-speed disks on the scrapheap?

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.

published January 4, 2012 by

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In praise of tape and robotics

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.

published December 2, 2011 by

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Keeping cloud computing in perspective

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.

published November 25, 2011 by

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Battle for the datacentre network hots up

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.

published November 18, 2011 by

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New products from Storage Network World 2011

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.

published November 2, 2011 by

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Object storage inches closer to mainstream

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.

published October 6, 2011 by

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Storage not servers sees innovation

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.

published September 29, 2011 by

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New tool for in-depth SAN management

New tool for in-depth SAN management

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.

published September 22, 2011 by

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