I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, I have always associated the ‘Pets to Cattle’ analogy with the move from Physical to Virtual servers and the increasing number of these needed as the number of applications a business supports grows. For those of you that haven’t heard the analogy, it goes something like this… Before virtualisation we used to[…]Read more
What is your Data Amplification Ratio (DAR)?
It’s time to think differently about how you measure the efficiency of your Data and the technology that underpins it! For many years we Storage Vendors have continuously challenged each other for supremacy in the amount of Storage efficiency that we could give you, starting with SnapShots as a way of reducing backup overheads, then on to Deduplication, Compression, Compaction,[…]Read more
Your Supermarket knows more about you than your Doctor
How do we decide when sharing information benefits us, or whether it is an infringement of our personal privacy? This is a big problem, when it’s obvious that we benefit or that we see some tangible reward for sharing data then often we’re pretty happy to share it, when it’s not obvious what the benefit is then typically we’re against[…]Read more
Data Fabric; it’s enabled by End Points, Connections, Services and Applications
Phil Brotherton our VP for the Data Fabric Group introduced me to this way of discussing the layers that make up our Data Fabric Strategy, it really resonated with me so I’ve started to use it in my own way as well. I find it’s a great way to have a more strategic discussion without heading too quickly into the[…]Read more
Data Fabric Part 3 – Delivering the Benefits
In the first two of these blogs I focused on Why and How our Data Fabric is an important and elegant strategy for businesses. In this one I want to focus more on ‘What’ the technologies are that underpin it.Read more
Fast, Efficient and with Enterprise capabilities…welcome to the world our AFF bundles of joy
I don’t normally record a blog for a NetApp Launch but I just couldn’t let this pass without one. Usual disclaimer, no apologies this is a NetApp post through and through, and why not, when Engineers deliver something like this it makes me proud to work for the company that I do. All the details are in the video…Read more
You saved a little bit of money…but you lost a lot
In a recent discussion with a colleague, he looks after one of our Strategic Enterprise Accounts, we got chatting about some of the ways that his account is looking to reduce costs. The one that most interested me was in Test and Development. Their view was that due to the nature of this environment being less critical than production they[…]Read more
Over 5 Years and 70 Petabytes, we know a LOT about Flash!
Schopenhauer was right, truth really does pass through three phases: First it is ridiculed. Second it is fiercely and violently opposed. Third, it becomes self-evident. One of the many great things about working in the IT industry, especially in storage is that we’re constantly having to evolve our technology to deal with data that’s growing faster than the capacity of[…]Read more