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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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I’m Speaking in the Valley Monday

I’ll be kicking off my week in Silicon Valley with a presentation at the Silicon Valley Database Meet Solid State MeetUp Monday at 6:30. While the official MeetUp page says the location is a secret only available to members of the MeetUp group I’ll spill the beans and let you know it’s at Fusion-io’s offices in San Jose. I’ll be …

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Guest Post for Tegile – Zebi Storage for SQL Server

I recently wrote a guest post for the good folks at Tegile  (rhymes with agile) pointing out the top 5 reasons you should consider Tegile’s Zebi storage for SQL Server. Tegile’s Zebi, for those that don’t already know, is one of the new generation of storage systems designed with solid state storage in mind. Zebi is primarily a hybrid storage system …

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I Spoke at Interop and Wow I Made the Top 5

Of all the things I occasionally get paid for my favorite is getting in front of an audience and speaking.  While I under stand that public speaking makes most people uncomfortable I’m one of those guys that draws energy from the audience.. After this spring’s Interop I was pleased to find out that I was doing something right as I …

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New Report: The Case for Persistent Full Clones: A Better Alternative to Linked Clones for VDI

I’ve known Bob Petrocelli and Micheal Robinson at Greenbytes since they first started selling storage systems–ones based on Sun storage servers that ran on what they were then calling ZFS+. Bob, the technical genius of the group, extended ZFS with inline data deduplication  years before Sun added their own dedupe to ZFS itself.  While Sun/Oracle and the vampires they use …

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Conferences and Noise

As we come to the end of another busy spring conference season I started wondering if I, as the storage industry’s oldest living curmudgeon,  was the only one who objected to the increasing noise level at conferences.  Now one man’s noise is another man’s entertainment and I remember exhibitors at Comdex in the mid 80s complaining about being stuck next …

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Our New Lab Chapter 1 – Patching

The first stop on our journey to the data center of the future is the patching infrastructure. As I mentioned in the Network Computing blog post on this subject, “Building a Lab Part 1: Patching and Cables” (Link to come when the NWC editors get it posted), the New Jersey lab had no patch panels. We were basically camping out …

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