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Data Center Environmentals - Extreme Makeover Part 1

I am speaking at 2 IT events this week in Australia, both focused on power reduction in the data center. Australia has some fascinating and steep challenges ahead as power rates rise at high rates (30% pa) and carbon taxes [...]

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Digital Archiving Part 3: How would you define "Technology Longevity"?

I can’t help but enjoy reading some of the comments, debates and other various blog articles on optical storage technologies, especially on technology durability and media longevity, even more when compared to tape storage for long-term digital archiving or as [...]

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Energy Efficiencies

Two events in 2011 are bringing greater focus on energy efficiencies. First, the Fukushima disaster, which has decreased the use of nuclear power generation around the world, has resulted in increased costs for other sources of electrical energy. Second is [...]

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2012 Trend: Energy Efficiency

In 2012, power, cooling and carbon footprints will become even more critical as energy demand increases and countries begin to impose carbon taxes. IT will be asked to shoulder their share of the energy burden. Last week the 17th session [...]

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Save Power, Save Space, Save Money

For the past few months, I have talked to an increasing number of customers who are telling me that power savings is their primary concern in the datacenter.  With the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, countries around the world are [...]

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PUE and Cloud Data Centers

Electricity for power and cooling may well be the key limiting factor for data center growth in the near future. Most data centers–which were built 10 or 15 years ago when IT managers did not see the electrical bill–were not [...]

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Floor space, power, and cooling – Setting records

Gartner published a report last November on storage predictions for 2011. In that report, they said that the need to reduce power and capacity costs will become critical. They made the statement that power, cooling, and floor space will be [...]

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Copy-less Data Distribution

Horizontal-UVM – Step 1: Setup and Copy-less Data Distribution So it’s been about a month since my last post, sorry about that, but I’ve been working on several exciting projects that has me quite booked up as far as time [...]

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McBlu-ray

McBlu-ray I have a soft spot for disruptive innovation or game-changing technology. I like to see the establishment tossed around and turned upside-down a bit. Not from an anarchist point-of-view, but from a change-is-good perspective. Of the disruptive attributes that [...]

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Chips or Pits! How do you like your content?

Chips or Pits – How do you like your content? I thought I’d change the theme of my blogs a bit and discuss movies and consumer technology. Movies in regards to both content delivery medium such as movies and shows [...]

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Are Stone Tablets in our Archiving Future?

Over at the American Scientist web site is a rather lengthy, but fascinating article on information archival and preservation.  I highly recommend that you take the time to read this article as  for me it really hit home as I [...]

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Trains, Tapes and Roadmaps

Trains, Tapes and Roadmaps I’m writing this blog while heading to the Narita Airport from Yokohama on the brand new Narita Express. This new train is beautiful, shiny and clean with 180 degree rotating seats. All the things you expect [...]

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The Storage Playoffs on the Industry's Proving Grounds

The Storage Playoff on the Industry’s Proving Grounds The pressure is on for team Performance Disks which lists on its roster 10Krpm and 15Krpm magnetic disk drives in various capacities with FC/SAS interfaces. The challengers are the  dynamic duo of [...]

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YAAA! – Yet Another Automobile Analogy

YAAA! – Yet Another Automobile Analogy It’s dangerous for me to own one which is why I drive a truck, but I love fast cars. Whether production, stock, or home made, fast cars are always intriguing, challenging and sexy. I [...]

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Horizontal Scaling Alone...

Makes about as much sense as IP over avian carriers.  Seriously if I look on the Top500 super computer list I can see an emerging trend towards hybrid/many core computing with the combination of vertical and horizontal scaling — sometimes [...]

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Storage Fusion - StoraFgUeSION - SfTuOsRiAoGnE

  Storage Fusion – StoraFgUeSION – SfTuOsRiAoGnE “HybridStorage” refers to the mix of flash and magnetic storage medias blended together to increase performance and efficiency. This particular effort is part of the HybridStorage Alliance to promote and educate the industry [...]

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So is tape really dead?

What happens if you have a goal of creating a 1000PB scale community or service for this newly emerging cloudy world?  Is spinning disk really the right thing to consider for these extreme storage environments?  (A big thank you to [...]

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Green Encryption for Storage

With all that was happening at SNW, you may not have noticed our announcement of data at rest encryption for the USP V and USP VM. This encryption can be used to encrypt all internal disk drives, using AES-256, with [...]

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IDC report calls for well rounded storage strategies to address increasing power and cooling costs

IDC published a new report “The real costs to Power and Cool All the Worlds External Storage”.  Here are some of the excerpts from this report as reported in their press release of 17 June 2008 “With an aggregate worldwide [...]

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Dynamic Provisioning Power and Cooling Benefits

IDC published a report this month entitled, “The real Costs to Power and Cool All the World’s External Storage”.  It’s a good report which I would encourage you to get for an understanding of the relationships between, capacity, performance, power, [...]

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