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.

Latest Posts

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.

October 6, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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.

September 29, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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.

September 22, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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Datacentre energy use: there's good news and bad

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world + dog seem to be opening new facilities every other week -- though bear in mind that we rarely hear about old, outdated facilities being mothballed or re-purposed.

September 14, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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....

September 6, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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Solid state storage hits an inflection point

Solid state storage is expensive, rotating media storage is cheap. Thus runs the first law of storage these days but one company claims that it's changed all that and if true, we could be at an inflection point.

August 25, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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.

August 18, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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.

August 10, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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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.

August 3, 2011 by Manek Dubash

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