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Archive | June, 2011
Having qualified for its AARP card several years ago, the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is showing no signs of slowing down with a bright future, granted with an evolving or different role co-existing with Solid State Devices (SSD) and tape.
There still exists a Green IT gap and missed oppourtunities.
Green IT (and storage) are about enabling more efficient and effective information services delivery boosting productivity while supporting growth, or if you prefer, about sustaining business and economic growth in the same or smaller footprint impact in a cost effective, service friendly manner.
For being a declared dead or zombie technology (here, here or here) tape remains very much alive however its role is changing. There is no disputing that hard disk drives (HDDs) are continuing to expand their role for data protection including backup/restore, BC and DR where tape has been used for decades. What is also […]
Removable hard disk drives (RHDD) are a form of removable media which includes magnetic tape that address many common use cases. Usage scenarios include enabling bulk data portability for larger environments or for D2D backup where the media needs to be physically moved offsite for small and mid sized environments. RHDDs include among others those […]
Nicos was giving a talk recently, and made a statement along these lines: “With the hybrid data center, the whole is greater than the sum of parts. If your data is stored locally and augmented with cloud storage, then you’ve got a system that’s much more reliable than either one on its own.” (He uses […]
When you spend twenty years in the data storage industry, you’re no stranger to disaster recovery plans and their importance. A disaster recovery plan is an essential best practice when building a data storage environment because, let’s face it, disks may fail, storage arrays may fail, entire data centers may fail and, yes, even a […]
Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a high profile outage affecting Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) in 1 of 4 data centers in the US East region. This outage caused some high profile website outages including Reddit, Quora and FourSquare and scores of negative PR. In the proceeding days media outlets […]
Last year Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said at a policy forum that in the past decade, the number of data centers operated by the U.S. government has skyrocketed from 432 to more than 1,200. Kundra stated that “Now, when you think about these data centers, one of the most troubling aspects about the data […]