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Cloud Computing: Cloud Standardisation

Stephen Foskett has been posting some interesting commentary over the last week relating to cloud standards and today discussed the Zend API for PHP.  In previous posts, he’s mentioned the SNIA initiative amongst others.  Have a look at this great post he wrote on why standards aren’t needed. Now, it’s no secret that I’m keen on the idea of Cloud ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Dell Acquire Perot Systems

After a lot of second guessing by people, Dell have finally made that purchase and announced today they intend to acquire Perot Systems, which will become the services arm for the company. There’s no doubt that Dell needed to do something to match the technology and services play offered by IBM and HP/EDS.  I suspect many people thought the acquisition ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: What Next For Virtualisation?

Earlier this month, Texas Memory Systems announced they had acquired the intellectual assets of Incipient, a company that produced SAN virtualisation hardware and software.  With Incipient gone, EMC hardly bothering to mention Invista, what is the future of SAN LUN virtualisation?  I talked about Incipient last year, here and here when discussing the costs of performing migrations.  As I said at the time, ... Read More »

Personal Computing: Drobo Jitters

As regular readers will know, I’ve had a Drobo storage system for some time now.  I’ve not had a bad word to say about the product – it just works and does what I expect it to do.  However, there’s one function I think could do with some improvement and it’s the one thing that scares me most – removing ... Read More »

Review: Western Digital WD20EADS 2TB SATA-II Hard Drive

We’re starting to see a flood of 2TB drives coming on to the market from all of the major hard drive manufacturers.  This review covers the Western Digital WD20EADS, a 2TB SATA-II drive with green credentials. The Basics The WD20EADS is part of the Caviar Green range of drives.  These are aimed at desktop computing and offer high capacity with ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing – Netapp’s £1,000,000 Giveaway

On 1st September, Netapp announced a programme to give away $1,000,000 of hardware and services to a non-Netapp customer in order to “prove” their Virtualisation Guarantee – save 50% of your storage in virtualised environments.  Now that challenge is available to UK customers – and this time it’s for a cool £1 million. The concept is pretty simple; Netapp are ... Read More »