Robin Harris

Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, based in Sedona, Arizona. He has over 30 years in the IT industry, including DEC and Sun, and degrees from Yale and the Wharton School.

Ricardo Bilton

Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

Latest Posts

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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