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What I’m Doing Instead of A Summer Vacation

Unfortunately it’s been too many years since I’ve had a summer vacation worth writing a “What I Did On My Christmas Vacation” essay about. Back when I was a consultant the summer was usually a slow period when I could update the lab, write some articles and get in a little beach time. It wasn’t like being French, and getting …

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Gridbusters Made Me a YouTube Star

This summer started with the realization of an idea that has been stuck in my head for a couple of years. I figured we should create a video where we demonstrated that a scale-out storage system could survive a node failure in a dramatic fashion. Rather than just pull the plug on the node we’d destroy it with a pot …

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Your New Datacenter – Server Cabinets

Most data centers are dominated by rows and rows of server cabinets, but most of the people I talk to that run the gear that goes in those server cabinets think of them as commoditized furniture. To paraphrase “Little Boxes” the Malvina Reynolds song so brilliantly used over the opening credits of the Showtime series Weeds: Server cabinets in the …

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The Decline of the Blade Server

For the past 10 years or so, blade servers have been the fastest-growing portion of the server market. However, as cloud service providers—and the corporate data centers that, every year, look more like the data centers of cloud providers—operate, it seems to me that the blade server’s best days may be behind them. Blade servers have traditionally (and can I …

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Reading Storage Benchmarks—The Details Matter

As I prepare to speak at Interop about all storage things flashy and software-defined, I’m quite disappointed at how many vendors, and some of my fellow analysts, present their benchmark data. Given the sophistication of today’s storage systems and software, the details of how benchmarks were run matter now more than ever. Let’s review the details you should be looking …

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HP Puts Server Firmware Behind Paywall

In what I can only see as a negative move for customers, HP’s decided that firmware updates for Proliant servers will no longer be available free for download from the HP site for all users. Only those users that can prove their server is under warrantee or that they have a service agreement of some type in force on the …

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Why I Miss Independent Tradeshows or Why Interop Matters

In the lead up to the Groundhog Day/Super Bowl holiday weekend, I started hearing rumors that VMware had uninvited some vendors from their Partner Exchange event being held in San Francisco next week. It appears that the folks at VMware decided that Veeam and Nutanix wouldn’t be welcome at this year’s PEX. My first reaction is to miss the independent …

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Interop Preview on Enterprise Efficiency

I have once again been invited to speak at Interop in Las Vegas. Interop, which by the way is run by United Business Media (UBM) the parent company of NetworkComputing and InformationWeek, is one of the last major events in the IT business not run by a vendor of one kind or another. As I recently wrote independent events give …

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IBM Server News

Things are certainly hopping over at IBM’s x86 server division. Just as they announced the most innovative x86 servers I’ve seen in a long while, IBM also announced they were going to sell the group off the way they sold the desktop PC and laptop division to Lenovo in 2005. The new servers, which IBM has dubbed X6, are the …

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Talking Influencer Careers on VMware Community Roundtable

While Woody Allen once famously said that 80% of success is showing up I’ve always believed that luck, and more importantly what I did with the opportunities luck delivered to me was at least half of my success, if you can call where I find myself a success. The other day I got a serendipitous direct message on Twitter from …

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