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World's Most Ethical Company

By David Karas “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” ― Aristotle Last night, in New York City, several of the world’s top companies, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Adobe, Ford Motor Company and [...]

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Storage security must be designed in from the beginning

Storage security is getting more attention as I outlined in my top 10 trends post in December. In that post I talked about the availability of data encryption in the backend directors of Hitachi storage systems, VSP, HUS VM and [...]

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Avoid Buying More Storage Than You Need Today

Many data centers purchase storage infrastructure on a 3 to 5 year depreciation cycle. The problem with buying storage this way is that you have to buy more than you need for the first few years. These data centers have [...]

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Controlling your explosion of copies may be your biggest opportunity to reduce costs

Laura DuBois of IDC has been calling attention to the explosion of data copies problem since 2012 and I have blogged about this several times, including  my top ten trends for 2013 and 2014. Her latest report on January 31 [...]

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Storage Magazine Midrange NAS Quality Award – And the Winner is….. Hitachi!

In past years, when customers were asked to name the leader in midrange NAS; Hitachi was probably not on the top of the list. Hitachi has long earned a reputation for enterprise scalability, availability, and performance, but never made an [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014 – Summary

By now the major analyst firms have published their trends for 2014, and there is pretty common consensus over the macro trends that will be drivers for opportunities and threats in the years to come. While there are many variations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 10

Trend 10: The Transformation of IT Operations Skill Sets, Roles, and Responsibilities As we look back at the IT trends that I described throughout this series, it is not surprising that the skill sets, roles, and responsibilities of IT operations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 9

Trend 9: Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes Recently, I had a discussion with a customer about capacity-on-demand who said he had a rolling lease program where he continually refreshed his storage every three years. When I asked [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 8

Trend 8: Explosion of Enterprise Flash The enterprise flash storage market is maturing and enterprise customers are taking a closer look at SSD’s which are primarily designed for the client consumer market where manufacturing costs are the primary concern. The [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trends 3 and 4

Trend 3: Greater Adoption of Private cloud My selection for trend 3 is the greater adoption of private cloud for greater business agility and business control. Cloud is becoming a more accepted service model. In a recent survey of large [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014 -Trends 1 and 2

Trend 1: IT will focus more on business outcomes than infrastructure The first trend is the base driver for many of the subsequent trends that I will be posting. This will be a change in IT focus from infrastructure to [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Introduction

As we draw near to the end of the 2013, I like to put together my thoughts on what may be the trends in 2014. Most of this is based on what I hear on customer visits and from industry [...]

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Technical Memes in 2014

It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to make predictions on various risk levels, about what is going to happen next year.  For 2014, my colleague Hu and I are going to split up the [...]

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Object Stores: Addressable Capacity vs. Object Count - Part 1

In our last post together, Bob Primmer talked about the concept of object stores and how they enable us to store data without the need to understand the underlying infrastructure. When asked if object stores are a replacement for file [...]

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Object Stores and HCP: An Interview with Bob Primmer (Part 1)

I have read a number of my colleague Bob Primmer’s publications on object storage and our Hitachi Content Platform. I thought he would be the best person to help us understand how object storage and HCP help us address the [...]

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Is Storage at Fault for this Application Performance Problem?

By Richard Jew and David Foster, Hitachi Data Systems As storage infrastructures continue to grow in size and in complexity, significant challenges arise to properly monitor storage capacity growth and performance service levels delivered to critical business applications.  Since storage [...]

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Software Defined Storage is not about commodity storage

Software defined storage, SDS, seems to be the marketing phrase these days. Wikipedia calls it a marketing theme for promoting storage technologies that is lacking consensus. Wikipedia does go on to list some characteristics of SDS: Automation with policy-driven storage [...]

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Hitachi UCP Pro for VMware vSphere – Extending Customer’s Value in Converged Infrastructure

With the release of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Pro for VMware vSphere, we introduced a number of firsts for converged infrastructure solutions The industry’s first converged platform offering 100% parity across RESTful API, CLI and GUI A truly unified, “single pane [...]

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How Much Does it Cost to Spend Money?

One of the expenses included in storage and IT economics is the cost of procurement. I discovered and documented this cost element about a year ago while working in Australia. Anyway, I believe that traditional capitalization for IT will diminish over [...]

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Looking Back on the Future: Top 10 Storage Trends for 2012

As we close out 2011, the storage industry has seen significant growth based on budgets, which were established in the beginning of the year. However, over the course of 2011, we saw natural disasters, political upheaval, and heightened economic turmoil. [...]

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