The Enterprise Strategy Group forecasts that the enterprise NAS market will
continue to grow like gangbusters over the next two years, reaching 62,000
petabytes in 2012! That number represents a huge sales opportunity for EMC,
NetApp, Dell, HP, IBM, BlueArc, and the rest of the traditional NAS array
market leaders. It also represents an opportunity for vendors like F5 with
their file virtualization systems, as well as cloud storage service providers
like Nirvanix with CloudNAS.
Jump over to ESG Analyst, Terri McClure's blog to check out the numbers for
What features are enterprise NAS buyers looking for? ESG's numbers show that
this continued growth of the installed base of storage systems is a huge
problem. So big that the top two priorities for enterprise NAS buyers are the
efficiency of all these storage systems from a power, cooling, and space
IT is great at some things, but out of its league in many cases. Business
continuity planning is an example of the latter: No matter how well we set up
our applications and systems, the human element is always a roadblock. Sure,
we can build a complex system to return our CRM system to operation in
Duluth, but will anyone be able to use it? Even the best disaster recovery
(DR) infrastructure is useless without a business continuity (BC) strategy
for everything else.
All IT can offer is to do its best to hold up its side of the deal. IT can
design systems with return-to-operation... (more)
In my last blog post, I pointed out the new laws in Massachusetts and Nevada
that require all personal data in transit to be encrypted. That post
generated lots of discussion, including thoughtful responses from Steve
Duplessie and Joseph Martins, and I urge you to read those as well.
Two key questions remain: What exactly do these laws demand and how will you
actually comply with them? Sure, encryption technology is widely available,
but actually implementing it has been a slow uphill climb for most IT
organizations. Let's examine the implications!
What the Law Requires
In my ye... (more)
As discussed yesterday, the incredible growth of storage capacity led to an
attitude that storage was too cheap to manage. Excess data capacity seemed
always to absorb any new demand. But the unchecked growth of data led to the
serious issues that storage managers face today: Difficulties in protecting
massive data sets, concerns about compliance and litigation, and storage
budgets that refuse to shrink.
Why isn't storage getting cheaper? This series of articles attempts to answer
Too Cheap to Manage Too Much to Manage Tiered Storage The Glass Floor Storage
as a ... (more)
Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple
question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been
posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such
thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common
in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting
angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style
infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can.
First, let's set out some definitions:
The draft NIST definition, perhaps the ... (more)