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I’ve been spending a lot of time on mainframe activities over the past 6 months or so, which is totally fine with me. This year alone I’ve visited 8 very large customers wanting to improve efficiencies. What seems to be getting the most traction are a few very unique products of ours, namely Hitachi Virtual Storage [...]

Other than being an allusion to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, there is real meaning in the title of this post, which I’ll get to towards the end. What I want to start with is a look back into the past and talk about, of all things, math co-processors.

I’ve mentioned the sedimentary hypothesis of technology in a few tweets already, and now I wanted to take the time to explain this concept in more detail. Before I get into explaining the hypothesis, let me provide a warm-up in the form of a definition of the process for forming organic sedimentary rock.

As I have mentioned before, there is more to the Big Data story than Data Warehousing. Let me conclude first and back my way into the “why”.

I find the IT community seems to be in a state of confusion between the two—now mind you I think that some people get it and can easily discriminate between the two. Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) offerings are just that. A more formal definition of COTS from Wikipedia follows:

Why again? Well, it was about a year and a half ago when I last blogged, and much has changed since then, although the subject is still front and center. David Merrill has certainly discussed this numerous times as well, including this always-amusing post from March.

For everyone that celebrates the holiday, Happy [late!] Thanksgiving. The week of Thanksgiving in the US is a great time to catch-up on many of those little work chores that pile up or slip through the cracks while traveling and prioritizing big tasks ahead of fun work stuff. This morning I was catching up on some HDS Industry [...]

In March of last year, I wrote a blog about disruptive technologies, specifically how the Blu-ray technology could change the storage landscape (or not). The new Blu-ray disc format specification enhancement was defined in June 2010 for the BDXL standard. This new specification increases the recording capacities for Blu-ray discs in two ways.

Ah, yes, Halloween. Time to pick up that empty wine glass and start knocking on neighbors’ doors. I’ll leave the candy for the kids. But there is a “trick or treat” to this blog. The “trick” was to get you to read this far, and the “treat” will be unfolding over the next few weeks [...]

There have been many articles, opinions and positions written about the big data phenomenon in the past year, and if you were not confused before, you may be trying to decipher its impact to your organization and your business.  There is no doubt about what big data implies, and its affect in business and beyond [...]

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