• A Roundup of Storage Startups The enterprise storage market has been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship in the last several years.  While the storage industry has consolidated with acquisitions (such as HP’s purchase of Nimble) or otherwise simply shutting down, there always seem to be new companies waiting in the wings to take over. These latest new companies are … Continue reading A Roundup of Storage Startups
  • Blockchain and Enterprise Storage The biggest value of blockchain in enterprise storage will be what it enables, not what it is.  While it has yet to be fully embraced by the enterprise, blockchain is well poised to change enterprise IT much like open source software did 20+ years ago.  Interest is steadily rising, and there is evidence that businesses … Continue reading Blockchain and Enterprise Storage
  • Storage Class Memory and Emerging Technologies I mentioned in my earlier post, The Future of Storage Administration, that Flash will continue to dominate the industry and will be embraced by the enterprise, which I believe will drive newer technologies like NVMe and diminish older technologies like fiber channel.  While there is a lot of agreement over the latest storage technologies that … Continue reading Storage Class Memory and Emerging Technologies
  • The Future of Storage Administration What is the future of enterprise storage administration? Will the job of enterprise storage administrator still be necessary in 10 years? A friend in IT storage management recently asked  me a question related to that very relevant topic. In a word, I believe the answer to that 2nd question is a resounding yes, but alas, … Continue reading The Future of Storage Administration
  • Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, and the Storage Industry In context with my recent posts about object storage and software defined storage, this is another topic that simply interested me enough to want to do a bit of research about the topic in general, as well as how it relates to the industry that I work in.  I discovered that there is a wealth of … Continue reading Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, and the Storage Industry
  • Open Source Storage Solutions Storage solutions can generally be grouped into four categories: SoHo NAS systems, Cloud-based/object solutions, Enterprise NAS and SAN solutions, and Microsoft Storage Server solutions. Enterprise NAS and SAN solutions are generally closed systems offered by traditional vendors like EMC and NetApp with a very large price tag, so many businesses are looking at Open Source … Continue reading Open Source Storage Solutions
  • Defining Software-Defined Storage: Benefits, Strategy, Use Cases, and Products This blog entry was made out of personal interest.  I was curious about the current state of software defined storage in the industry and decided to get myself up to speed.  I’ve done some research and reading on SDS off and on over the course of the last week and this is a summary of what … Continue reading Defining Software-Defined Storage: Benefits, Strategy, Use Cases, and Products
  • What’s the difference between a Storage Engineer and a Storage Administrator? During my recent job search a recruiter asked me if there was a difference between a Storage Administrator and a Storage Engineer. He had no idea. I was initially a bit surprised at the question, as I’ve always assumed that it was widely accepted that an engineer is more involved in the architecture of systems … Continue reading What’s the difference between a Storage Engineer and a Storage Administrator?
  • A Primer on Object Storage I recently took a new job in the Enterprise storage group at a large company, and as part of my new responsibilities I will be implementing, configuring, and managing our object storage.  We will be using EMC’s ECS solution, however I’ve been researching object storage as a platform in general to learn more about it, … Continue reading A Primer on Object Storage
  • Making a case for file archiving We’ve been investigating options for archiving unstructured (file based) data that resides on our Celerra for a while now. There are many options available, but before looking into a specific solution I was asked to generate a report that showed exactly how much of the data has been accessed by users for the last 60 days and for … Continue reading Making a case for file archiving
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