The Desired State of IT

The Desired State of IT

Server virtualization has long promised unprecedented economic savings for IT; and, to be fair, there are some area where server virtualization has saved IT some money. However, the alluring promise of “huge” savings has never been realized. Why is that?

Virtualization’s promise has always revolved around better utilization of computing resources:

Lowers hardware costImproves operational expense in deploying / updating servers or instancesReduces floor space requirements while cutting power and cooling requirements

For the last… Read more »

Storage Alchemy LLC / VMTurbo

Storage Alchemy LLC / VMTurbo

Okay, so it is official, Storage Alchemy LLC is off the ground and running. Right now I am helping some folks in the 'next generation' data protection space with messaging and go to market as well as marketing, social and sales enablement. As most of you know, data protection is my forte and am excited to be, once again, working on 'next generation' data protection.

The other project I am working on and am… Read more »

DeDupe 3.0

DeDupe 3.0

At one point during my days at IBM I had the title, Storage Efficiency Evangelist. My role was to help educate folks on the host of storage efficiency technologies that are available to help stem the tide of the data apocalypse.

Technologies such as storage virtualization and thin provisioning help with storage utilization. Tiering technologies help by placing the right data set, on the right storage tier. Data compression and deduplication help to reduce the… Read more »

Exit, Stage Left Even...

Exit, Stage Left Even...

Okay, it has been about 30 days and I am now out of IBM. It was a great run and I learned a lot. From Storage Efficiency Evangelist to Business Line Executive for Data Protection, I got to do and see a lot inside of IBM.

That said, I am a startup company guy for sure. I have started my own LLC (Storage Alchemy LLC – of course) and am now working on a few… Read more »

2014, The Year of the Undead, the Year of Tape

2014, The Year of the Undead, the Year of Tape

I don’t know about you all, but I am really tired of hearing about tape being “dead”. As the picture shows, folks have been trying to kill off tape since 1984, that’s 30 years ago. I know for a fact that customers have tapes that are 30 years old that they can read data from. Bring me a HDD that is 30 years old and “show me the data”. You can’t!

In reality, the… Read more »