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Archive for August 2010

IBM Day 1 – It’s Official

31 Aug 2010

Steve Kenniston writes: Between time off with the family this summer and all the work required to get done between ‘signing’ a deal to be acquired and ‘closing’ a deal to get acquired, the blog has been a bit slow. But I am here now to tell you it is official. Storwize is now Storwize, an IBM company.

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Ever Heard of a Zettabyte?

31 Aug 2010

A zettabyte is the really large measure of data which represents 1 trillion gigabytes, or 1 billion terabytes.

And, the world's online data is crossing the ZB mark for the first time this year.

According to IDC's annual survey of global digital output (published in May 2010 and sponsored by EMC), the current total amount of global data is expected to pass 1.2 ZBs sometime during 2010. To put this in context, IDC compares this as being equivalent to the amount of data that would be generated by every individual person in the world posting messages on Twitter continuously for a century.

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How you would hope every Board Chairman and CEO would talk about IT

24 Aug 2010

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of working with the IT leadership team of a $20 billion global company. I was the guest of the CFO and CIO. Toward the end of the first day of the meeting the company’s Chairman of the Board and their CEO joined the meeting. Each spoke for about 15 minutes about the company, its future and what they saw as important in the coming year.

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Are you satisfied with your WAN optimization vendor?

24 Aug 2010

I can't get no satisfaction,
I can't get no satisfaction.
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try.
I can't get no, I can't get no.
--Rolling Stones

One of the most frustrating experiences for an IT manager is to invest in a vendor offering that doesn't function as promised and delivers a very unsatisfactory experience. This becomes even more painful in the case of WAN optimization, because the WAN optimization devices must be physically scattered over numerous locations throughout the WAN infrastructure. Troubleshooting and maintaining problematic devices under such circumstances is truly a nightmare.

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Are Data Centers complying with Executive Order 13514?

17 Aug 2010

Joe Polastre writes: In October, 2009, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO 13514) that set federal energy efficiency standards. EO 13514 superceeds the previous executive order put in place by President Bush (EO 13423) from 2007. While the previous order required the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per year, totaling at least a 30% reduction by 2015 from 2003 levels, Obama's order actually lets each department set their own goal. EO 13514, in contrast to EO 13423, is much more specific about the improvements that have to be made in transportation fleets, building design, etc. Just to be clear, this order only applies to federal government and their respective organizations, not the country at large. You can think of it as a government-specific climate bill.

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Virtual Desktop Bandwidth Averages Are Just a Start

11 Aug 2010

Daniel Fellar writes: Back in May 2010, I started my Top 10 Mistakes Made with Virtual Desktops. I talked about how much bandwidth certain activities require when using XenDesktop and HDX. The table I provided is great, but it does pose the question, "What does a person do with this information?" Since then, I've been able to spend more time and have recently completed the bandwidth planning guide, which you can get by accessing the XenDesktop Design Handbook. But let's take a closer look at what the planning guide says...

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How much data is too much data?

10 Aug 2010

Gareth Spence writes: The explosion of data being generated and transported across the world’s networks is a topic that often consumes a great deal of time in the storage and enterprise community. I often find myself engaged in discussions on data transport using terms such as gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes and even zettabytes. However, there are times when these words are thrown around with alarming casualness and this was reinforced today when I came across the graphic below.

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Monitoring is not Management

09 Aug 2010

Joe Polastre writes: There's been a lot of discussion recently about the difference between monitoring and management. This week, I received an email with the title "Revolutionizing Energy Management". Interesting, I wonder what management solution this company provides for energy. The content of the email went on to talk about a brand new meter that provides real time power load information. While I'm sure this company's meter is very innovative (names purposely omitted to protect the innocent), it was clear that this company did not understand what the word "management" even means.

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Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV) and Deduplication - Fooling Around With 4K Blocks

06 Aug 2010

A little while ago I blogged about how SnapVault and Deduplication work together for efficient D2D backups. SnapVault allows two NetApp systems to back each other up using block-level incremental snapshots and automatic deduplication. But what if you think that SnapVault is so cool you want to use it for all you backups, including DAS data stored directly on servers? In this blog I’ll tell you how you can do this with another type of SnapVault - Open Systems SnapVault, otherwise known as OSSV.

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Seagate Positions Itself in the Clouds

04 Aug 2010

David Szabados writes:

Although Seagate’s core business is hard drive manufacturing, there are numerous business development teams within the company that work with outside OEMs and customers to explore technologies and implementations for the future. One significant area Seagate has continued to look at during the past several years has been the emergence of cloud computing.

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