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Taking datacentres on the road

Taking datacentres on the road

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.

September 24, 2007 by in Data Centers

Why are regional storage managers so paranoid?

Why are regional storage managers so paranoid?

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?

September 6, 2007 by in Security

Taxing task for warehouse builders

Taxing task for warehouse builders

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.

August 16, 2007 by in Storage

Why is data warehousing an enterprise swearword?

Why is data warehousing an enterprise swearword?

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.

June 28, 2007 by in Storage

Google's green data plans a hypocrisy?

Google's green data plans a hypocrisy?

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.

June 19, 2007 by in Google

Flash memory takes the hire path

Flash memory takes the hire path

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.

June 4, 2007 by in Apple

Czech your plans at the door

Czech your plans at the door

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.

May 23, 2007 by in CXO

Keeping the costs of storage down

Keeping the costs of storage down

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.

May 13, 2007 by in Storage

Learning from the home IT manager

Learning from the home IT manager

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.

April 26, 2007 by in Storage

Forget the flair, just make it work

Forget the flair, just make it work

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.

April 16, 2007 by in Storage

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