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The BUZZ about HUS

There has been a lot of buzz about a new Hitachi storage platform. Today we announced our Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) system for the midrange and enterprise markets, which confirms these rumors and redefines the industry’s notion of unified storage. [...]

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The Beat Goes On

Technical Deep Dive’s Nigel Poulton responded to my post and Twitter conversation on the relevance of Tier 1 controllers with a post of his own. In his blog, Nigel writes that he believes SSDs have changed the game and the [...]

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Do More With What You Have

Chris Trotman/Getty Images I am sitting here in Asia—in-between customer events in Bangkok and Jakarta—and the biggest news on international and regional TV is Jeremy Lin and New York Knicks basketball. What a fantastic story! This is a great example [...]

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Mainframes are for Kids

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 [...]

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No More Migration Tears

The adoption of new technologies is essential to improve performance and availability, and stay competitive. Still, migrating to new storage technologies presents significant challenges since it involves data and applications, as well as people and processes. Detailed and careful planning [...]

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Capacity Efficiencies: Allocation vs Utilization

As noted in previous posts, capacity efficiency has two dimensions: allocation efficiency and utilization efficiency. Allocation Efficiency Allocation efficiency is what most people think of first: eliminating the waste of over-allocation. In open systems this has been a major problem [...]

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From ASIC to Microprocessor and Back Again

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 [...]

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A Consensus on Storage Efficiencies

Since I posted my trends for 2012, I have been looking at what other bloggers have been predicting. The most common theme is the explosion of data, and the need for storage efficiencies. Jon Toigo says that 70% of the [...]

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HDS Places in FORTUNE’s 100 Best Places to Work with Innovation and Trust

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. [...]

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The Tipping Point for Hard Disk Prices?

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 [...]

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The Sedimentary Hypothesis of Technology

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 [...]

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Hitachi VSP Kicks off the New Year with Another Award

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. Today, Nikkei, [...]

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But Which Big Data Again?

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 would say that the next tool in the arsenal of any Big [...]

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Looking Back on the Future: Top 10 Storage Trends for 2012

As we close out 2011, the storage industry has seen significant growth based on budgets, which were established in the beginning of the year. However, over the course of 2011, we saw natural disasters, political upheaval, and heightened economic turmoil. [...]

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2012 Trend: Big Data

The big hype in 2012 will be around Big Data. The explosion of unstructured data and mobile applications will generate a huge opportunity for the creation of business value, competitive advantage, and decision support if this data can be captured, [...]

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2012 Trend: Cloud Acquisition

By now it is clear that cloud is a reality with many successful implementations of cloud services. One of the most valuable benefits is the way that cloud services can be acquired—namely on demand, pay as you go, and self-service. [...]

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Is it COTS or Commodity?

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 [...]

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Capacity Efficiencies, Again and Again

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 [...]

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2012 Trend: Closing the Consumption Gap Between IT Technology and Operations

Many analysts are recognizing a growing gap between technology and the ability of IT organizations to consume the product features and value that new technology can enable. During the past few years there have been a lot of new technologies [...]

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Answering Ilja’s Request for Server Capacity – HDS Style

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 [...]

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