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Archive for January, 2012

In response to my last blog, Jon Toigo was kind enough to post a training piece that he wrote last year, reminding us that capacity is only one part of storage efficiency.

The greatest tool for storage efficiency is storage virtualization, which enables the extension of other storage efficiency tools like tiering and thin provisioning to existing storage systems that do not have that capability. It also reduces operational costs by providing a common pool of dynamic shared resources under a common set of management tools.

Since I posted my trends for 2012, I have been looking at what other bloggers have been predicting.

I have been working for HDS for almost 15 years, so, needless to say, I am very proud that we have been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 best companies to work for in the United States in 2012. This recognition helps to validate one of our stated company goals, which is to be [...]

Q1 2012 marks a major turning point in the storage industry. After 50 years of price declines in the magnetic disk industry, we are seeing what most analysts predict to be a 5% to 20% increase in disk prices due to the catastrophic floods in Thailand, which has had a major impact on the disk [...]

At the top of my list of trends to watch in 2012 was an increased focus on storage efficiency due to economic uncertainty and hard disk supply shortages—stemming from last year’s floods in Thailand. Yesterday IDC and Gartner both reported declines in 4th quarter PC shipment of 1.4 to 0.2%, compared to 2010 that was [...]

Recently, I spent a few days with Garth Gibson, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder of Panasas, an enterprise server and storage company. Garth and I were in Singapore for a review with the Data Storage Institute.

Happy 2012! While this year is starting with a lot of uncertainty around the world economy and supply/demand questions, there are still areas of assurance. One is that you can still do more with less to meet your storage needs.

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