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Deduplication market undergoes rapid changes

In May, I blogged about NetApp's announced acquisition of deduplication pionneer, Data Domain. The announcement triggered an unsolicted counter-offer from EMC, followed by another counter from NetApp.

July 13, 2009 by Stephanie Balaouras

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How do we measure high availability?

Over the past 2 months, I've seen an increase in the number of end user inquiries regarding high availability and almost more importantly, how to measure high availability (HA). HA means something different depending on whom you're talking with so it's worth a quick definition.

July 1, 2009 by Stephanie Balaouras


What do Green IT, the economic crisis, and best selling author, Thomas Friedman, have in common? Poor accounting

Consider the following questions posed by Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, and more recently, Hot, Flat And Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How it Can Renew America:“Was it an accident that Citibank, Iceland’s banks, and the ice banks of Antarctica all melted at the same time?”“Was it an accident that Bear Sterns and the polar bears both faced extinction at the same time?

June 25, 2009 by Doug Washburn


Calculating the fully loaded costs of corporate email: It's bigger than you think

Since colleague Chris Voce and I published a pair of reports on corporate email in the cloud (one on the infrastructure and operations and one on the cost of running email on-premises or in the cloud), we have had dozens of discussions with our clients accompanied by detailed cost analyses of the true cost of running email on-premises versus running it in the cloud.

June 22, 2009 by Ted Schadler


Green storage has limited ROI, but supports overall efficiency

I care deeply about the environment, certainly more than I care personally about money, so it pains me to say that in most cases, making storage decisions based on power expenditure alone is not rational behavior. The world is driven by economics, and the stark reality is that the cost of power represents a drop in the bucket compared to the amount organizations spend on acquiring and managing their enterprise storage systems.

June 16, 2009 by Andrew Reichman


IBM's CloudBurst is a credible step forward

About six months ago, I accused IBM of “cloud-washing” its solutions and services when it launched its Project Blue Cloud marketing campaign. Its aim with this effort was to lure customer conversations about cloud computing in its direction so it could learn what enterprises wanted from this new technology.

June 16, 2009 by James Staten