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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Another nail in tape's coffin

Another nail in tape's coffin

There's a lot going for tape. Apart from the conditioned rooms it's advisable to keep them in, and the need to refresh them every couple of years, and to carefully manage the encryption keys that you used to protect the data on them....

published September 6, 2011 by

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Is it time for ATA-over-Ethernet?

Is it time for ATA-over-Ethernet?

When it comes to pushing storage packets around the datacentre, there's one protocol that's king: Fibre Channel (FC -- and they even spell it properly). But everyone is predicting that FC will eventually wither away, for a number of reasons.

published August 18, 2011 by

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Do you know where your data is stored?

Do you know where your data is stored?

Cloud computing means that you don't care about where the data is stored, and that your data is secure. Never mind that some contracts might suggest that your data is backed up when it fact it isn't, at least it's being run by people who know what they're doing, and you don't have to go through the hassle of employing them.

published August 10, 2011 by

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Fight for the cloud hots up

Fight for the cloud hots up

Things are hotting up in the datacentre. Not just as a result of increasing moves towards a warmer operating temperature, but also due to some of the commercial activity around the new dynamic datacentre.

published August 3, 2011 by

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Disk performance hits the wall

Disk performance hits the wall

Disk drives have come a long way from the massive rotating plates of the 1950s and 1960s, when 200MB was a huge volume, to today when disk drives containing 2TB and up are considered commonplace.But this massive improvement has a little-considered dark side.

published July 25, 2011 by

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Analysis: Dell gets datacentre networks with Force10

Analysis: Dell gets datacentre networks with Force10

Dell is broadening its portfolio as part of its bid to join Cisco, HP, and IBM et al as a major supplier of a top-to-bottom (or end-to-end as Cisco calls it) supplier to the datacentre, with the acquisition of Force10 Networks, a datacentre switch vendor.After Dell's acquisition of Perot Data Systems in 2009, which brought consultancy services, this move upmarket started in February 2010 with the acquisition of Kace, a small manufacturer of systems management boxes.

published July 20, 2011 by

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Open source storage is on the march

Open source storage is on the march

From being the poor relation to deployment in pretty much every institution, public and private, open source software (OSS) in the shape of Linux and others has taken over a huge proportion of the world's servers.It was quite a mountain to climb.

published July 8, 2011 by

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Host servers get disk performance boost

Host servers get disk performance boost

If you thought measuring and maximising disk performance for a single server was complex, wait until you start to research the topic for VM host servers.This thread was was prompted by a conversation yesterday with Virsto, a company that makes a plug-in for virtualisation hosts with the aim of making your disk systems run faster.

published June 28, 2011 by

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Hybrid or full-fat? What's your cloud policy?

Hybrid or full-fat? What's your cloud policy?

Switching quickly from one technology to another is not something that large organisations are prone to do. They have responsibilities to their shareholders, partners, customers and employees among others, and getting it wrong by moving too fast would be a bad thing to do.

published June 21, 2011 by

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Enterprise social media: oxymoron or inevitable?

Enterprise social media: oxymoron or inevitable?

Found myself getting interested in social media in the enterprise, driven by a couple of recent encounters with a couple of very different organisations who are developing systems in that area.The first was ServiceNow, a cloud-based IT management systems vendor.

published June 6, 2011 by

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