"Big Enough" Data

"Big Enough" Data

Say the word “infrastructure” at Strata conference and you hear people start talking mostly about software. One of the biggest lessons I learned at the conference was that no one really cares about the hardware that “big data” sits on. Now, I am probably the biggest proponent of the fact that “spinning rust” doesn’t make a company money; it is the software that can extract the value out of the data that provides insights… Read more »

Storage Consolidation Keeps on Truckin'

Storage Consolidation Keeps on Truckin'

So the storage sector starts off with a bang when it comes to M&A, driving more consolidation in the market with Imation acquiring disk storage vendor Nexsan. Isn’t Nexsan the ATABeast storage company? How does one market a supposed enterprise class storage system ATABeast? I have to say, it was creative. I do give Imation a lot of credit for this move. It seems like they got a bargain. They picked up the company for… Read more »

Fixed Input vs. Variable Input Compression

Fixed Input vs. Variable Input Compression

As a number of you know, I have been blogging about the merits of Real-time Compression. It may be of some interest to know that when Ed Walsh, CEO of Storwize, asked me to join and told me the company focused on "compression", I first thought he was joking. I mean the industry has had compression available for years. The reality is, there is no other technology like Real-time Compression available from any vendor, and… Read more »

The Storage Alchemist in Prague

Alright, landed safe in Prague and was picked up by one of my colleagues and whisked away to the IBM office. There we did an interview with Czech writer Martin Noska from Computerworld for IDG in Czech Republic. The first Noska informed me was that IBM is the number one in storage sales in Czech Republic (just like Poland!). He also had some very good questions and he with “What are IBM’s biggest challenges… Read more »

Storage in Eastern Europe

Today I begin a 12 day trip to Easter Europe to talk about IBM Storage.

The trip will take me to:

Moscow, RussiaWarsaw, PolandPrague, Czech RepublicLjubljana, SloveniaUmag, Croatia

In Russia, on September 6, I will be at the Information Infrastructure Conference and the following day meeting with customers to discuss storage and storage efficiency.

In Poland on September 8, I will be presenting IBM’s Real-time Compression at Storage University.

In Prague I will be… Read more »