Needham Next-Gen Storage / Networking Conference

Needham Next-Gen Storage / Networking Conference

So, I spent yesterday at the Needham Next-Gen Storage and Networking Conference. First, it was a great day. The Needham folks, especially Richard Kugele, created a fabulous opportunity to listen and speak about the storage market, technology and products. I spent all my time in the storage track, but can only imagine that the networking track was as insightful.

I wanted to point out some of my observations from the conference. I wont… Read more »

#Snaponomics

#Snaponomics

A while ago I was participating in a CrowdChat™ where John Furrier coined a term “Snaponomics” (#Snaponomics). This is an interesting topic. This term was generated during a CrowdChat on Copy Data Management with Catalogic Software (though many other thought leaders in the storage space were on the chat). The premise is that companies buy expensive storage arrays that have a number… Read more »

Backup, Not Just an Insurance Policy any More

Backup, Not Just an Insurance Policy any More

Times they are a chanin’. To quote Steve Duplessie, Fouder of ESG and Frank Slootman, ex-CEO of Data Domain, “A legitimate market becomes an explosive market when it is built on a legitimate problem that is part of a "long term secular trend" - i.e., a trend that organically will get worse over time. This is the definition of backup (or data protection).

If you were to take a step back from your environment for… Read more »

Copy Data Management

Copy Data Management

Copy Data Management isn’t about deleting ALL copies of data that you have created from your primary storage. Nor is it about stopping you from making data copies. Some vendors may believe that if they come in and make yet one more ‘golden’ copy of your data, you are set for life. I don’t think this is what customers want. Just like with tape. Many folks say “tape is dead” but that is mostly preached… Read more »