Robin Harris

Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, a storage research and consulting firm he founded in 2005. Based in Sedona, Arizona, TechnoQWAN focuses on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets. Robin has over 35 years experience in the IT industry and earned degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

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Why Apple should buy Adobe

Why Apple should buy Adobe

Quick - which Silicon Valley icon creates computers that creative professionals love? And what SV company creates software that creative pros crave? Right: Apple and Adobe. So why are they 2 separate companies?

March 18, 2010 by in Apple

Dear diary: I did WHAT!

Dear diary: I did WHAT!

Microsoft Research is driving a new class of digital device: the SenseCam - a lifecorder. Record your daily life - including Tequila binges. Diary writing is about to be replaced with an explosion of personal pics, video and OMG, I did WHAT!!

March 16, 2010 by in Hardware

The disk error mystery

The disk error mystery

You'd think that after 50 years and many billions sold, disk drives would be well understood. And you'd be wrong. Take the case of latent sector errors.

March 9, 2010 by in Hardware

Clearing the fog from cloud

Clearing the fog from cloud

People are making the cloud computing and storage much more complicated than it has to be. There are 2 key elements in cloud infrastructure: scalability and manageability. Those are the hard problems. If you don't have those you CAN'T have a cloud. The rest is pool.

March 3, 2010 by in Cloud

ZFS data integrity tested

ZFS data integrity tested

File systems are supposed to protect your data, but most are 20-30 year old architectures that risk data with every I/O. The open source ZFS from Sun Oracle claims high data integrity - and now that claim has been independently tested.

February 25, 2010 by in Hardware

Why RAID 6 stops working in 2019

Why RAID 6 stops working in 2019

Three years ago I warned that RAID 5 would stop working in 2009. Sure enough, no enterprise storage vendor now recommends RAID 5. Now it's RAID 6, which protects against 2 drive failures. But in 2019 even RAID 6 won't protect your data. Here's why.

February 21, 2010 by in Storage

Holographic storage bites the dust

Holographic storage bites the dust

After 9 years and $100,000,000, holographic storage pioneer InPhase Technologies has shut down without ever shipping a product. Their office building was also seized for non-payment of back taxes.

February 18, 2010 by in Hardware

Driverless eSATA cards: worth the wait?

Driverless eSATA cards: worth the wait?

Experience with a bad eSATA driver got me thinking: why do eSATA cards need drivers? PCs already have SATA drivers. Thanks to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) it is now possible to buy driverless eSATA cards. How well do they work?

February 16, 2010 by in Storage

iPad: Gateway drug to Mac addiction?

iPad: Gateway drug to Mac addiction?

The iPad is not a notebook replacement - although many will use it that way - but the high-end of Apple's wildly successful iPhone OS (iP/OS) product line. Will it be a bridge to Mac use by millions of iP/OS users?

February 7, 2010 by in Laptops

Colossus: The Apple Project

Colossus: The Apple Project

Apple not only unveiled a new product - the iPad - but also a new financial metric: gross margins of almost 40% that dwarf the competition. Likewise, Apple's market share and/or mindshare dominate it it's chosen markets. Will the iPad help or hinder Apple's margins and growth?

February 2, 2010 by in Apple

Bad governments love big storage

Bad governments love big storage

Does stored data make you a target? Recent events underline the risk of massive data storage: the US Government's continued policy of arbitrary search and seizure of storage devices at the border; and the China-based hack attack on Google and 20 some-odd other companies. Microfiche, anyone?

January 19, 2010 by in Security

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