As a long time fan of Apple - I bought an Apple // in 1978 - I watch Apple's storage efforts with special interest. The least talked about addition to the next version of Mac OS X, Leopard, is notable.
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.
Fibre Channel to costly? iSCSI too slow?In a past life I was the product manager for the industry's first full Fibre Channel array.
The good, the bad and the uglyI've been a huge fan of flash ever since I plunked down $400 for a 10 MB compact flash card in the early '90s for my brand-spanking new HP Omnibook 300. Light and built like a tank, the 300's chiseled abs flash drive almost doubled battery life to over 10 hours.
The question is why?We've been so conditioned to think that various evils - malware, fragmentation, bad blocks, and general bit rot, among others - are hosing our disk performance that we forget that hard disks really do get slower with use.
Services Oriented Architecture is climbing the hype cycle. Amazon's S3 and Elastic Computing Cloud are exemplars of a brave new world of SOA.
Translation: protect Klaatu's home videos!Meet Drobo, what his inventors call the world's first storage robot.
Jon Bach, who runs Puget Custom Computers in Seattle, explains Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea in his blog.Breaks way more often than disks doJon notes that for some reason many of his customers come to him convinced that they need RAID on their home or professional workstations, and he tries to talk them out of it, often with no success.
It ain't just bits on your laptop, buckoMIT's Technology Review blogger David Ewing Duncan writes about Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of DNA, James Watson.DNA is, of course, a very compact biotech storage medium - pure informationWatson agreed a couple of years ago to have his DNA sequenced and publicly released by 454 Life Sciences.
The whole literacy thing is so-o-o second millenniumThe New York Times has an article on cell-phone readable bar codes (irritating registration required).Maybe this will cut down drunken party photos on FriendsterAlready in use in Japan and Europe - the more technologically advanced parts of the world - the codes enable cell phones to read URLs and other info.
Mash-up on steroidsIt sure is nice to see the folks in Washington DC pick up on the latest technology and put it to good wholesome use. I refer, of course, to a pilot program here in Arizona run by the Department of Family Security.
Remember 5.25" hard drives?I remember 18" hard drives.
Storage bits critique gets fast response [r-r-i-i-ight]Nice guy David Yen gets out of the storage group, where the rumor mill insisted he never wanted to go, and will now run the Sun's chip group, which also has a checkered history. I suspect his limited tenure was part of his deal to take the job in the first place while other executives sorted out what to do with STK.
Greener storage for the internet ageSETI@home and folding@home are two compute-intensive projects that use "contributed" CPU cycles for Really Big Problems. But RBPs often have Really Big Datasets, so how about "contributed" storage?
Sun recently shifted engineering responsibility for the Pirus-based 6920 to Hitachi, a prelude to discontinuing the product. Thus closes a chapter on another Sun storage acquisition.
"Sure the margins are low - but we'll make it up on volume!" At first glance it didn't make much sense to me why Intel announced flash drives last week.