I'm at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual trade show in Las Vegas this week for 2 reasonsMedia companies are a driving force for new, lower-cost, storage architectures.I produce videos and love all the toys.
Storage is what makes a computer your computer. 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, 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 writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
RAID is a bad idea for home users since its management complexity and failure modes create more problems than it solves. But protection from 1 - or better yet 2 - drive failures is a very GOOD idea.
Which do you prefer?Even if it were true, Ballmer's "$500 Apple tax" comment is stupid: Microsoft's profits are way beyond Apple's.
It takes mucho computes and terabytes to create the 3D models used in Microsoft's Virtual Earth online mapping service. So how do they cram 5,000 cores and 10,000 terabytes - 10 petabytes - of storage into 3 40 ft.
Peeling the onion on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) reveals a very small onion. The platform they're promoting is tiny by cloud infrastructure standards.
Low-priced SATA flash drives are tempting. But beware: some of them test at an abysmal 2 random writes per second!
The cloud storage market is accelerating fast - despite naysayers and alarmists - and Amazon's S3 is leading the charge. Storing over 40 billion files for 400,000 customers Amazon is the one to beat.
Despite the bad economy there's never been a better time to start a company. Why?
Let's hope it doesn't come to thatToday's Apple annual meeting was dominated by questions about the charismatic founder's health - and the board's refusal to say much more. At bottom is the fear that Apple can't survive without Jobs driving the company.
Microsoft's retail stores could be their smartest move in a decade. If they don't screw it up - look at Vista - it's their chance to win back consumers before they become the Edsel of consumer software.