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Rise of The IT Generalist – A Bad Idea?


I was listening to a podcast today that was discussing a subject we’ve heard about many times recently and that’s the move from being IT specialists to generalists.  Hardware products like EMC’s VNX are making this transition easier for the storage community and no doubt many people think this is a good thing.  Whilst I believe we’ll see more of ... Read More »

Cloud: Security Experts Required!


So it appears from today’s announcement that the Sony Playstation Network was hacked after all. Some 70 million users are unable to game online and other services, such as LoveFilm are down.  Whilst it has had a positive effect on our household (Call of Duty remains unplayed as Son#1 deems it uninteresting unless playing against his friends) unfortunately it continues ... Read More »

So Your AWS-based Application is Down? Don’t Blame Amazon

After a busy day in London I returned home to read the news of issues in one of Amazon’s US data centre locations causing problems with EC2 and database (RDS) instances.  It seems the services of many Internet companies were affected including Reddit, Quora, Hootsuite and FourSquare,  Is it fair that Amazon should shoulder the blame for the loss of ... Read More »

Hitachi Bloggers Day 2011 – Part III

Many of you will know I have the perfect face for podcasts, however along with Greg Knieriemen and Devang Panchigar I agreed to do a quick interview with Don Jennings.  Here are my ramblings and the more considered prose of Messrs Knieriemen and Panchigar. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edccIWyoPb8[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSIURg0xgTo[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6pY8yNJdS0[/youtube] Read More »

Comparing iSCSI Targets – Microsoft, StarWind, iSCSI Cake and Kernsafe – Part I

This week, Microsoft released their iSCSI Target software for general availability.  Previously this had only been available for installations with Windows Storage Server via OEMs.  Now anyone with Windows 2008 R2 can install and use the software without restrictions.  However, there are already a number of other iSCSI target software offerings already on the market, most notably from StarWind, iSCSI ... Read More »

Hitachi Bloggers Day 2011 – Part II

During the recent HDS Bloggers’ Day we were lucky enough to have a presentation from Dave Merrill, who covered the subject of Storage Economics.  You can find more of Dave’s work on his blog; The Storage Economist. Within HDS Dave runs the Storage Economics practice; an area of the business focused on helping customers both understand their storage costs and ... Read More »