Storage is a presumptive business. After all, if employees can buy a new 8GB iPod for the kids for Christmas, why is it apparently so costly for the company to throw in a measly new hard drive or two?
We're constantly being told that storage capacity is cheaper than ever, so why do companies still insist on imposing size limits on e-mail inboxes?
Is it a truck? Is it a giant portable wind tunnel? Well, yes -- but it's also a mobile datacentre with a maximum capacity of 4.1 petabytes of storage, which would easily hold an awful lot of high-res Superman footage.
It's an inevitable consequence of sitting in a lot of enterprise presentations: sooner or later, the phrase "data leakage" is going to come up -- and when it does, you can't help but think of nappies.
Managers in charge of storage have a lot to worry about, but there seems no particular reason why people in this corner of the world should be more concerned about security than anything else. Why is it that securing our data matters more to us than accessing it?
Plans by the Australian Tax Office to track the purchase and sale of investment properties might make a few money-minded Australians nervous, but they represent a potential bonanza for storage vendors and business intelligence firms.
When developing a data warehouse, you effectively face three choices: expensive, ridiculously expensive, or ludicrously expensive.
The benefits of a centralised and efficient data warehouse are obvious, but it's even more obvious that building one can be a right royal pain in the back end.Prior failures with building data warehouses have been so expensive and horrendous that the term can become an enterprise swearword, not to be uttered outside of the darker corners of the datacentre.
Google's plans for greener datacentres are being promoted with great fervour, but its calls for greater environmental accountability have some definite limitations.Google this week announced that it has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2008.
Devices which flaunt their flash memory are often frowned upon in a corporate setting, but it turns out that you can actually use them as a novel recruitment aid.Highly paranoid companies (and let's face it, the words "highly paranoid" may be redundant when you place them in front of "companies") often ban connecting any device which can potentially be used to export corporate data.
In the 21st century, if we don't like our political leaders, we endlessly whine about them on blogs. In the Czech Republic, historically a simpler solution was frequently used: throw the offending individuals out the window.
Some future trends in storage are obvious: we'll need more of it, it'll be cheaper per megabyte, and a lot of it will be virtualised.However, despite all that cost reduction activity, the amount enterprises are spending on storage is, somewhat surprisingly, actually on the rise.
If you're responsible for managing IT infrastructure, then the last thing you want to do when you leave your over-crowded office at the end of another day is to think about storage. However, the shift to digital entertainment means that's very likely to be what happens when you eventually return to suburbia.
As data volumes rise and storage systems become networked as a matter of course, it seems almost inevitable that the management tactics needed to control those systems will also become more complex. Yet that doesn't mean that IT managers are happy with that state of affairs.
Yahoo's decision to offer unlimited storage capacity for Web mail users might be great news for home users keen to swap stupidly high-resolution photos, but for enterprise IT managers it's just another pain in the backside.