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Vote No on VMUG Board

Today I once again received an email from the national VMUG asking me to “vote” for their hand selected slate of candidates. When I went to the website I was presented with the three names of people the VMUG nominations committee hand selected and the opportunity to vote yes or no on the slate as a whole. Ladies and gentlemen …

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I Miss the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer or Speaking at The Flash Memory Summit and VMworld

Up until just a few years ago I would get a break from my usually hectic pace when summer rolled around. Event planners figured that with people taking their family road trips to WallyWorld, IT departments would be shorthanded, and therefore less likely to send their people to Vegas for EvilCorpWorld. Then VMworld, in the last week of August became …

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The Changing Storage Market

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As a longtime observer of, and participant in, the storage market, I’ve noticed that, over the past two or three years, the basic dynamics of the market have changed significantly. Startups are living longer, partially because they’re able to raise more venture money than ever before. At the same time, the formerly clean divisions between drive vendors and the companies …

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Hitting the Road with VVOLs and NexGen

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I’ve been vocal over the past few years that the LUN has outlived its welcome as the default unit of storage management, as this blog post over at NetworkComputing and this video from Storage Decisions will attest. Now that VMware has finally gotten their virtual volume (VVOL) technology out the door, I am hitting the road to spread the news …

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Viewing Clintonemail.com as Guerrilla IT

You would have to be living under a rock, or scrupulously avoiding the news by order of a psychiatrist, to have not heard the kerfuffle around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private domain, and email server, for official business while serving as Secretary of State.  While listening to the usual political pundits arguing about the political implications of using Mrs. …

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Something’s Cooking with/at Micron

Yesterday Micron announced that Rob Peglar was joining the company as vice president of Advanced Storage Solutions, leaving his position as the public facing CTO of EMC’s Isilon scale-out storage division. Rob was one of the first CTO types I met when I dove deep into the storage business back in 2002. Back then he was with Xiotech who had …

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VSAN 6.0 Now Ready for Prime Time

While I was glad to see VMware jump on the hyperconverged bandwagon with VSAN I must admit I wasn’t terribly impressed with the initial release of the product. Sure it took local storage from all the servers in a cluster and created a hybrid pool but it still relied on vSphere’s flawed snapshots and was profligate in its use of …

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VMware Endorses StorMagic for ROBO Server SAN

I’ve long believed that hyperconverged solutions made the most sense at the small end of the scale. You know the SMBs, plants, remote offices, branch offices and big box stores of the world for whom the storage choices have been pretty bad over the years. A typical SMB gets by with a prosumer device like a Synology NAS while corporate …

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Decoding the Magic Quadrant

The folks at Gartner recently released their first Magic Quadrant for all-flash arrays to slightly more than the usual amount of controversy. In addition to the usual sniping about how vendor A was in the Niche Players quadrant when they should have been a Visionary, some of us have more serious questions about which vendors were included and which weren’t—all …

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Our New Datacenter – Chapter 3 – Server Cabinets

Part II – What We Did To be perfectly honest, we didn’t expect to start the Santa Fe data center with a shiny new set of server cabinets. We had been talking to the good folks at CommScope about a patching system for the new lab, and when they decided they wanted to support our little project, they offered not …

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