Supercomputing Costco-styleIn 1997, IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov. Today you can build a more powerful machine for less than $2,500 in an 11" x 12" x 17" box.
Robin Harris writes about storage and other tech with a focus on the SOHO/SMB market. And fun stuff, too, like PS3 supercomputers and Google's technology.
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.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
A recent problem with the firmware in a Seagate drive offers a peek at the 400,000 lines of spaghetti code inside a modern disk. It is a cautionary tale for those who blithely assume that disk drives "just work.
Vendors are pimping hybrid drives of flash memory and rotating disks. Disk drives and flash memory have very specific performance profiles.
Smaller Is Better, So Why Isn't It Cheaper?I've been wondering when the 2.
A few months ago I predicted that it was game over for HD-DVD in the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD blood match, with Blu-ray the winner. Why?
You say you want a revolution?Energy efficient data centers are in the news again, with the EPA reporting that data centers use 1.
It is about frikkin' time!18 months ago the storage world was abuzz with the hints of Google's Gdrive, a rumored free(?
Storing data in documentsI ordered Apple's new iWork '08 package Tuesday and it arrived two days later. I've had the prior iWork suites but found little use for them as Microsoft's Office suite - which I've used for 15 years - met my needs without a learning curve.
56% of data loss due to system & hardware problems - OntrackData loss is painful and all too common. Why?
Apologies to Paul SimonDisk drives are marvelous devices. Especially when they go "clunk" and stop working.
Our perception of risk and the reality of risk are often two different things. For example, are computer viruses or system glitches more likely to hose your data?
Flash is an alien technology for disk users. I've noted before that flash drives can have really terrible write performance, but until I ran into it myself I had no idea how bad flash write performance could be.
Power to the internet!Beginning 5 years ago, Google took the lead in making a power consumption an issue for IT vendors.
You didn't know?I'm sorry I was the one to tell you that RAID 5 is broken today and will be well and truly broken in 2009 (see Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009), but somebody had to do it.
The storage version of Y2k? No, it's a function of capacity growth and RAID 5's limitations.