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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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Storage News Bits 1/2014

The following news items struck me as significant enough to pass on to you loyal readers. Oracle picks LSI for PCIe SSDs in Exadata. It’s clear to me that the bulk PCIe SSDs are going to be sold in bulk orders of one sort or another.  Basically I see most PCIe SSD sales as either direct sales of thousands like …

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Dell’s C6100 and Joys of eBay Shopping

As I mentioned in 2013 will be a good year to buy used servers, we at DeepStorage Labs are not too proud to buy equipment on eBay from time to time. One item that’s commonly available on eBay that seems like a great fit for many labs is Dell’s C6100 high-density server. The C6100 C6100 front and back view. Note …

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New in the Lab—Virident FlashMAX II SSDs

It’s interesting how some vendors manage to capture—and, if they’re good, retain—sufficient mind share that their company or brand name becomes synonymous with their market segment. In the storage world, Fusion-IO has managed to maintain that position without falling into the trap that Kleenex and Xerox have, where those companies have to defend the brands from becoming generic terms like …

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Tech Field Day – Under the Covers

In part because Tech Field Day’s own Dread Pirate Roberts, Stephen Foskett, and I are both members of the storage chattering class and that we don’t doesn’t take ourselves too seriously and have become friends. I’ve had the privilege to be a delegate at a total of six Tech Field Day events. I always have a great time with the …

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I Guess I am A Big Shot – Storage Field Day Edition

Next week I’m off to another Storage Field Day, number 4 . As most of you know Tech Field Days are “Influencer” events that Stephen Foskett and his minions at Gestalt IT put on a dozen or so times a year. Basically Stephen brings a dozen bloggers, analysts and other slightly socialized geeks from around the world together to get …

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Microsoft Engineers Need To Live With The Hardware Their Customers Use

Every time I’ve been on the Microsoft campus I’ve noticed that the developers there aren’t lacking for hardware.  While developers can crank out more code on their multi-monitor i7 desktops they occasionally forget that most Windows users have much more modest hardware and create software that demands more than the average user’s machine can deliver. The latest example of this …

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PC Vendors Must Show More Than Craptops

PC Vendors Must Show More Than Craptops Over the past few months I’ve been reading a series of articles including a particularly cogent one titled Microsoft: Kill the Craptops Before They Destroy Windows! by my friend Stephen Foskett lamenting how PC vendors have been trying to leverage Windows 8 to rejuvenate PC sales, while simultaneously failing to deliver the horsepower, …

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