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Cloud Storage: Review – Zumodrive

Over the last few weeks I've been using Zumodrive, another cloud storage offering. This week Zumodrive released their iPhone client, which enables storage to be synchronised to an iPhone or iPod Touch device. Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Understanding The Cost Of Storage

There was an interesting question posed this afternoon by Ditchboy on ITToolbox.  The gist of the question was why Enterprise storage is so expensive, when 1TB drives are less than £100 a piece.  It’s a good question and something I’m asked quite often.  To us seasoned professionals, the answer may be obvious; here’s the response I posted: If you go ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part II

It may be hard to believe, but many organisations can't identify all of their storage users. Developing a migration strategy requires knowing all of your customers and building your relationship with them. Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part I

I recently posted on the issue of migrating data from large Enterprise storage arrays. The post covered a summary of the migration steps, with some brief discussion on calculating costs. In this series of posts, I will discuss migration strategies in more detail, covering the major steps in developing and implementing an ongoing Enterprise Data Migration Strategy. Read More »

Cloud Computing: Common API Standards

Beth Pariseau had an interesting comment today regarding the use of Cloud Storage API standards, following on from a SNIA summit on the subject. As usual, SNIA have got a hold of the wrong end of the stick.  Standardizing on Amazon’s API is just crazy.  In fact, at this stage, attempting to create a standard API is completely pointless. What’s ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Flash – What We Really Need

Storagebod had a great comment on the use of Flash Drives in Enterprise arrays.  I’d agree entirely that the vendors have bolted them into existing hardware and as a consequence they’re not working to their most efficient.   Here’s a prediction – an array which works on fixed “memory”pages that can be placed in cache, SSD, or any level of ... Read More »