by Hu Yoshida on Nov 21, 2014
by Hu Yoshida on Nov 21, 2014
by Hu Yoshida on Nov 15, 2014
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 clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle to align with the changing demands of the business. For 2015 these trends will be driven by the need for IT to embrace the third platform that IDC has identified that is built on the mega trends around mobility, cloud, social and big data. I believe these are business trends that define IT and will be the bases for the major IT trends in 2015 and beyond. This is my first post in a series that expands on Business Defined IT and summarizes the other trends that I will cover in the next 3 posts. Feel free to comment with your opinions.
On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they could match to their terrorist databases. The decision was made on Wednesday to release the video clips on television and enlist the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The public responded and the suspects were identified immediately. Unfortunately the suspects also knew they were identified and they hijacked a car and were planning to go to New York City to plant more bombs. There was a shoot out Thursday night and one suspect was killed after killing a police officer and severely wounding another.
Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs for backup.
by Hu Yoshida on Oct 17, 2014
At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership.
by Hu Yoshida on Oct 9, 2014
In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and write caching and the support of the hypervisor for other storage controller functions like provisioning, snap shots, clones, data replication, and data protection. Does this mean that storage arrays will go away to be replaced by commodity HDDs and SSDs?
by Hu Yoshida on Sep 16, 2014
Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads.
by Hu Yoshida on Sep 15, 2014
Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong.
by Hu Yoshida on Aug 22, 2014
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 the following:
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