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Discussing 2015 Trends with George Crump and Greg Knieriemen

December 10 I had a webcast discussing IT trends for 2015 with George Crump of Storage Switzerland  and Greg Knieriermen Technology Evangelist for HDS who is known outside of HDS for his podcasts “Speaking in Tech’ which is distributed by [...]

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Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more [...]

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EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in [...]

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Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the [...]

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VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include [...]

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Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by [...]

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VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new [...]

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X86 WITH LPARS – A REALITY FOR SAP BUSINESS SUITE CUSTOMERS

“A logical partition, commonly called an LPAR, is a subset of computer’s hardware resources, virtualized as a separate computer. In effect, a physical machine can be partitioned into multiple logical partitions, each hosting a separate operating system.” from Wikipedia The [...]

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Where are the performance specs for VSP G1000?

In my blog post that supported the announcement of the VSP G1000 with SVOS, Storage Virtualization Operating System,  I described VSP G1000 as a unified storage platform that can provide approximately 4 million random reads for 8KB blocks or more [...]

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TAKING VMWARE TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN PERFORMANCE, AGILITY, AND AVAILABILITY

As servers increase their number of cores and memory performance, VMware is able to scale up additional virtual machines and drive more applications almost indefinitely. Unfortunately, each virtual machine adds additional random I/O workload, and the storage systems become a [...]

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Modernize IT or Fail

IT can be a weakness or a strength to its business. Almost every industry is witnessing dramatic changes in its business, and IT has a critical role to play in the business’ growth and in some cases, even its survival. [...]

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ELIMINATE THE APPLIANCE TAX FOR GLOBAL ACTIVE DEVICES

Hitachi Data Systems announced a new global active device capability within the new Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and the new Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000) storage system.  This enables a virtual device to span two VSP G1000 storage [...]

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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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