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Archive for September, 2010

As data privacy and confidentiality requirements continue to increase, more and more organizations are turning to, or considering use of encryption in conjunction with storage. This has been especially true for tape-based storage, but an increasing number of sites are also looking to disk-based encryption for basic protections. Implied in all but the simplest of [...]

So this may fall in to the category of “So what? All of the vendors solve this problem somehow and why should I care?” True, this is one of those insurance features that you don’t appreciate until it happens to your data center. But, for the technical minded and those that like a cool technology [...]

For much of this year, I intentionally have been telling a story about hybrid computing and Hitachi’s innovative prowess. This has been intentional leading up to today with the launch of the new Hitachi Command Suite and the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). Since there are so many things to talk about, I suppose that [...]

It has certainly been a long few weeks (months!) getting ready for today’s launch of the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), and although I should be tired, I’m more enthused than ever. Anyone who has ever launched a product knows the routine and the feeling, but this launch and its products are rare, as they [...]

I have written many posts on scaling and the unique value we have brought to the market, as has my colleague Hu.  Many of my discussions have centered on our application of differentiation in a variety of disciplines including unique silicon, value-added microcode, and dense packaging.

Today, solutions are built using a big bag of parts, a rack and some software. Servers, networking switches, network interface cards (NICs), host bus adapters (HBAs) and storage are bolted and cabled together, then glued together with various software layers. This approach has worked very well for many years, or at least since cheap 1GbE [...]

At the risk of being called a certification snob, I’d like to weigh in on the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), which was announced in late July of 2010 (The CCSK examination became available on September 1, 2010 and will ultimately cost $295; however, there is a promotional period that [...]

As you may have noticed, Hu Yoshida has been posting quite a bit lately on the concept of Data Center Transformation – a concept that Hitachi Data Systems stands strongly behind. Without doubt, the data center is changing and we want to make sure that we are there to help support our customers when they [...]

Before anyone comments on the “ethics for lawyers” in the title, I understand that some lawyers may be a bit challenged in this regard…but that’s a topic for another day.

An Introduction

It only seems right that I disclose a bit about myself before waxing poetically about security, compliance, and legal topics…or at least spewing some techno babble, so here goes.

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