Robin Harris

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.

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Death by Powerpoint

Death by Powerpoint

Implicated in 2 space shuttle disasters. Banned by a combat commander in Iraq. Making sense of our collected and stored information is hard enough. Does PowerPoint thinking make it harder?

April 29, 2010 by in Collaboration

Clash of the IT Titans

Clash of the IT Titans

A battle is raging for IT mindshare: who and what will control the enterprise data center? The great consolidation has started and there will be blood.

April 20, 2010 by in Hardware

Cool stuff @NAB 2010

Cool stuff @NAB 2010

I like NAB because it is about the future - of storage, of content, of entertainment. Large file-based worflows and rich metadata are the future, and NAB is a where a big piece of that lives.

April 16, 2010 by in Hardware

Blu-ray's Hail Mary pass

Blu-ray's Hail Mary pass

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced 2 new specs: BDXL (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs). Will either ever be successful?

April 5, 2010 by in Hardware

IT's surprising leader in patient privacy

IT's surprising leader in patient privacy

IT vendors will make billions of dollars on electronic health records (EHR) - if we can get people to use them. But vendors are mostly silent on the issue of health privacy. The surprising leader in health care issues and patient privacy? Microsoft.

March 31, 2010 by in Storage

USB drive life: fact or fiction?

USB drive life: fact or fiction?

Flash storage wears out after too many writes, but vendors claim wear-leveling and other tools fix the problem. Can vendor claims be trusted? Researchers at Northeastern University decided to find out. Here's what they found.

March 25, 2010 by in Hardware

Why Apple should buy Adobe

Why Apple should buy Adobe

Quick - which Silicon Valley icon creates computers that creative professionals love? And what SV company creates software that creative pros crave? Right: Apple and Adobe. So why are they 2 separate companies?

March 18, 2010 by in Apple

Dear diary: I did WHAT!

Dear diary: I did WHAT!

Microsoft Research is driving a new class of digital device: the SenseCam - a lifecorder. Record your daily life - including Tequila binges. Diary writing is about to be replaced with an explosion of personal pics, video and OMG, I did WHAT!!

March 16, 2010 by in Hardware

The disk error mystery

The disk error mystery

You'd think that after 50 years and many billions sold, disk drives would be well understood. And you'd be wrong. Take the case of latent sector errors.

March 9, 2010 by in Hardware

Clearing the fog from cloud

Clearing the fog from cloud

People are making the cloud computing and storage much more complicated than it has to be. There are 2 key elements in cloud infrastructure: scalability and manageability. Those are the hard problems. If you don't have those you CAN'T have a cloud. The rest is pool.

March 3, 2010 by in Cloud

ZFS data integrity tested

ZFS data integrity tested

File systems are supposed to protect your data, but most are 20-30 year old architectures that risk data with every I/O. The open source ZFS from Sun Oracle claims high data integrity - and now that claim has been independently tested.

February 25, 2010 by in Hardware

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