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Converged and dynamic infrastructures, cloud and virtual  environments are popular themes and industry trends with different levels of adoption and deployment occurring. Although  are you focusing on products, or the other Ps, that is  people, processes and policies (or more here).


Industry Trend: Data growth and demand


The reason I bring this up is quite often I hear  discussions that are centered around the products (or services) providing  various benefits, return on investment or cost saving opportunities.


Very little discussions are heard around whats being done  or enabled by vendors and service providers, or what is being adopted by  customers to tie in people, process and policy convergence.


Industry Trend: Removing organizational barriers to enable convergence technology


Put another way, the discussions focus around the new  technology or service while forgetting or assuming that the people, process and  policies will naturally fall into place.


Will customer policies, process or procedures along with  internal organizational (e.g. politics) issues with how people leverage those  converged products also evolve?


I assert that while there are benefits that can be  obtained from leveraging new enabling technologies (hardware, software,  networks, services) their full potential will not be realized until policies,  process, people skill sets and even more important, organizational or  intradepartmental turf wars and boundaries are also addressed.


Industry Trend: SANtas converged management team and family
Converged family team


This does not mean  consolidating different groups, rather it can mean thawing out relations between groups if there are challenges, establishing an  abstraction or virtual layer, a virtual team to cut across different technology  domains combing various skill sets, new best practices, policies and procedures in order to streamline management of physical and virtual resources.


Chuck Hollis (aka twitter @ChuckHollis) of EMC has an interesting blog post (here)  that ties in the themes of different IT groups working or not having situational  awareness that is worth a read. You can also read this Industry Trends and  Perspective solution brief that I did earlier this year on the topic of  Removing Organizational Barriers for Leveraging Technology Convergence.


Here are some additional related posts:


What is your organization doing (or have done) to enable  convergence factoring in people, processes, policies and products or is it a  non issue for you?


Ok, nuff said for now


Cheers gs

Given that it is Halloween season, time for some fun.


Over the past couple of  weeks various product and solution services announcements have been made that result in various articles, columns, blogs and commentary in support of them.


Ever wonder which if any of those products could  actually be stitched together to work in a production environment without increasing the overall cost and complexity that they sometimes promote as their individual value proposition? Granted, many can and do work quite well when introduced into heterogeneous or existing environments with good interoperability. However what about those that look good on paper or in a webex or you tube video on their own, however may be challenged to be pieced together to work with others?


Reading product announcements


Hence in the spirit of halloween, the vision of a Frankenstack appeared.


A Frankenstack is a fictional environment where you piece various technologies from announcements or what you see or hear about in different venues into a solution.


Part of being a Frankenstack is that the various pieces may look interesting on their own, good luck trying to put them together on paper let alone in a real environment.


While I have not yet attempted to piece together any  Frankenstacks lately, I can visualize various ones.

Stacking or combining different technologies, will they work together?

A Frankenstack could be based on what a  vendor, VAR, or solution provider proposes or talks about.


A Frankenstack  could also also be what a analyst, blogger, consultant, editor,  pundit or writer pieces together in a story or recommendation.

Some Frankenstacks may be  more  synergistic and interoperable than others perhaps even working in a real customer environment.


Of  course even if the pieces could be deployed, would you be able to afford them  let alone support them (interoperability aside) without adding complexity?


You see a Frankenstack might look good on paper or on a slide  deck, webex or via some other venue, however will it actually work or apply to your  environment or are they just fun to talk about?


Dont get me wrong, I like  hearing about new technology and products as much as anyone else, however lets have some fun with Frankenstacks and keep in perspective do they help or add complexity to your environment.


Ok, enough fun for now, let me know what you see or can put together in terms of Frankenstacks.


Keep in mind they dont actually have to work as that is what qualifies them for trick or treat and Frankenstack status.


Enjoy your Halloween season, do not be afraid, however be  ready for some tricks and treats, its that time of the year.


Cheers gs

Warning: Do not be scared, however be ready for some trick and  treat fun, it is after all, the Halloween season.


I like new emerging technologies and trends along with Zomboe technologies, you know,  those technologies that have been declared dead yet are still being enhanced, sold and used.


Zombie technologies as a name may be new for some, while others will have a realization of experiencing something from the past, technologies being declared deceased yet still  alive and being used. Zombie technologies are those that have been declared dead, yet  still alive enabling productivity for customers that use them and often profits  for the vendors who sell them.


Zombie technologies

Some people consider a technology or trend dead once it hits the  peak of hype as that can signal a time to jump to the next bandwagon or shiny  new technology (or toy).


Others will see a technology as being dead when it is  on the down slope of the hype curve towards the trough of disillusionment  citing that as enough cause for being deceased.


Yet others will declare  something dead while it matures working its way through the trough of disillusionment  evolving from market adoption to customer deployment eventually onto the plateau  of productivity (or profitability).


Then there are those who see something as being  dead once it finally is retired from productive use, or profitable for sale.


Of  course then there are those who just like to call anything new or other than what they  like or that is outside of their comfort zone as being dead. In other words, if your focus or area of interest is tied to new  products, technology trends and their promotion, rest assured you better be  where the resources are being applied and view other things as being dead and thus probably not a fan of Zombie technologies (or at least publicly).


Zombie technologies and hype cycles


On the other hand, if your area of focus is on leveraging technologies  and products in a productive way, including selling things that are profitable without  a lot of marketing effort, your view of what is dead or not will be different.  For example if you are risk averse letting someone else be on the leading bleeding  edge (unless you have a dual redundant HA blood bank attached to your environment)  your view of what is dead or not will be much different from those promoting  the newest trend.


Funny thing about being declared dead, often it is not the  technology, implementation, research and development or customer acquisitions,  rather simply a lack of promotion, marketing and general awareness. Take tape  for example which has been a multi decade member of the Zombie technology  list. Recently vendors banded together investing or spending on  marketing awareness reaching out to say tape is alive. Guess what, lo and behold, there was a  flurry of tape activity in venues that normally might not be talking about tape. Funny how marketing resources can bring something back  from the dead including Zombie technologies to become popular or cool to  discuss again.


With the 2011 Halloween season among us, it is  time to take a look this years list of Zombie technologies. Keep in mind that  being named a Zombie technology is actually an honor in that it usually means  someone wants to see it dead so that his or her preferred product or technology  can take it place.


Here are 2011 Zombie technologies.


Backup: Far from being dead, its focus is changing and evolving with  a broader emphasis on data protection. While many technologies associated with  backup have been declared dead along with some backup software tools, the  reality is that it is time or modernizes how backups and data protection are  performed. Thus, backup is on the Zombie technology list and will live on, like  it or not until it is exorcised from, your environment replaced with a modern resilient  and flexible protected data infrastructure.


Big Data: While not declared dead yet, it will be soon by some  creative marketer trying to come up with something new. On the other hand,  there are those who have done big data analytics across different Zombie  platforms for decades which of course is a badge of honor. As for some of the  other newer or shiny technologies, they will have to wait to join the big data  Zombies.


Cloud: Granted clouds are still on the hype cycle, some argue that  it has reached its peak in terms of hype and now heading down into the trough  of disillusionment, which of course some see as meaning dead. In my opinion  cloud, hype has or is close to peaking, real work is occurring which means a  gradual shift from industry adoption to customer deployment. Put a different  way, clouds will be on the Zombie technology list of a couple of decades or  more. Also, keep in mind that being on the Zombie technology list is an honor indicating  shift towards adoption and less on promotion or awareness fan fare.


Data centers: With the advent of the cloud, data centers or habitats for technology have been declared dead, yet there is continued activity in expanding or building new ones all the time. Even the cloud relies on data centers for housing the physical resources including servers, storage, networks and other components that make up a Green and Virtual Data Center or Cloud environment. Needless to day, data centers will stay on the zombie list for some time.


Disk Drives: Hard disk drives (HDD) have been declared dead for many  years and more recently due to popularity of SSDs have lost their sex appeal. Ironically,  if tape is dead at the hands of HDDs, then how can HDDs be dead, unless of  course they are on the Zombie technology list. What is happening is like tape,  HDDs role are changing as the technology continues to evolve and will be around  for another decade or so.


Fibre Channel (FC): This is a perennial favorite having been  declared dead on a consistent basis over three decades now going back to the  early 90s. While there are challengers as there have been in the past, FC is  far from dead as a technology with 16 Gb (16GFC) now rolling out and a  transition path for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). My take is that FC will  be on the zombie list for several more years until finally retired.


Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE): This is a new entrant and one  uniquely qualified for being declared dead as it is still in its infancy. Like  its peer FC which was also declared dead a couple of decades ago, FCoE is just  getting started and looks to be on the Zombie list for a couple of decades into  the future.


Green IT: I have heard that Green IT is dead, after all, it was hyped before the cloud era which has been declared dead by some, yet there remains a Green gap or disconnect between messaging and issues thus missed opportunities. For a dead trend, SNIA recently released their Emerald program which consists of various metrics and measurements (remember, zombies like metrics to munch on) for gauging energy effectiveness for data storage. The hype cycle of Green IT and Green storage may be dead, however Green IT in the context of a shift in focus to increased productivity using the same or less energy is underway. Thus Green IT and Green storage are on the Zombie list.


iPhone: With the advent of Droid and other smart phones, I have  heard iPhones declared dead, granted some older versions are. However while the  Apple cofounder Steve Jobs has passed on (RIP), I suspect we will be seeing  and hearing more about the iPhone for a few years more if not longer.


IBM Mainframe: When it comes to information technology (IT), the king of  the Zombie list is the venerable IBM mainframe aka zSeries. The IBM mainframe  has been declared dead for over 30 years if not longer and will be on the  zombie list for another decade or so. After all, IBM keeps investing in the  technology as people buy them not to mention IBM built a new factory  to assemble them in.


NAS: Congratulations to Network Attached Storage (NAS) including  Network File System (NFS) and Windows Common Internet File System (CIFS) aka  Samba or SMB for making the Zombie technology list. This means of course that  NAS in general is no longer considered an upstart or immature technology;  rather it is being used and enhanced in many different directions.


PC: The personal computer was touted as killing off some of its  Zombie technology list members including the IBM mainframe. With the advent of  tablets, smart phones, virtual desktops infrastructures (VDI), the PC has been  declared dead. My take is that while the IBM mainframe may eventually drop of  the Zombie list in another decade or two if it finds something to do in  retirement, the PC will be on the list for many years to come. Granted, the PC  could live on even longer in the form of a virtual server where the majority of  guest virtual machines (VMs) are in support of Windows based PC systems.


Printers: How long have we heard that printers are dead? The day  that printers are dead is the day that the HP board of directors should really  consider selling off that division.


RAID: Its been over twenty years since the first RAID white paper  and early products appeared. Back in the 90s RAID was a popular buzzword and  bandwagon topic however, people have moved on to new things. RAID has been on  the Zombie technology list for several years now while it continues to find  itself being deployed at the high end of the market down into consumer  products. The technology continues to evolve in both hardware as well as  software implementations on a local and distributed basis. Look for RAID to be  on the Zombie list for at least the next couple of decades while it continues  to evolve, after all, there is still room for RAID 7, RAID 8, RAID 9 not to  mention moving into hexadecimal or double digit variants.


SAN: Storage Area Networks (SANs) have been declared dead and thus  on the Zombie technology list before, and will be mentioned again well into the  next decade. While the various technologies will continue to evolve, networking  your servers to storage will also expand into different directions.


Tape: Magnetic tape has been on the Zombie technology list almost as  long as the IBM mainframe and it is hard to predict which one will last longer.  My opinion is that tape will outlast the IBM mainframe, as it will be needed to  retrieve the instructions on how to de install those Zombie monsters. Tape has  seen resurgence in vendors spending some marketing resources and to no  surprise, there has been an increase in coverage about it being alive, even at  Google. Rest assured, tape is very safe on the Zombie technology list for  another decade or more.


Windows: Similar to the PC, Microsoft Windows has been touted in the  past as causing other platforms to be dead, however has been added to the  Zombie list for many years now. Given that Windows is the most commonly  virtualized platform or guest VM, I think we will be hearing about Windows on  the Zombie list for a few decades more. There are particular versions of  Windows as with any technology that have gone into maintenance or sustainment  mode or even discontinued.


Poll: What are the most popular Zombie technologies?

Keep in mind that a Zombie technology is one that is still in use,  being developed or enhanced, sold usually at a profit and used typically in a  productive way. In some cases, a declared dead or Zombie technology may only  be just in its infancy getting started having either just climbed over the peak  of hype or coming out of the trough of disillusionment. In other instance, the  Zombie technology has been around for a long time yet continues to be used (or  abused).

Click here to cast your vote on zombies technology and see results


Note: Zombie voting rules apply which means vote early, vote often, and of  course vote for those who cannot include those that are dead (real or virtual).


Ok, nuff said, enough fun, lets get back to work, at least for now


Cheers gs

I recently came across a piece by Carl Brooks over at IT Tech News  Daily that caught my eye, title was Cloud Storage Often  Results in Data Loss. The piece has an effective title (good for search engine:  SEO optimization) as it stood out from many others  I saw on that  particular day.


Industry Trend: Cloud storage


What caught my eye on Carls piece is that it reads as if  the facts based on a quick survey point to clouds resulting in data loss, as opposed to being an opinion that some cloud usage can result in data loss.


Data loss


My opinion is that if not used properly including ignoring best practices, any  form of data storage medium or media could result or be blamed for data loss. For some people they have lost data as a result of using cloud  storage services just as other people have lost data or access to information on other storage mediums  and solutions. For example, data has been lost on tape, Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), Solid State Devices (SSD), Hybrid HDDs (HHDD), RAID and non RAID, local and  remote and even optical based storage systems large and small. In some cases,  there have been errors or problems with the medium or media, in other cases  storage systems have lost access to, or lost data due to hardware, firmware, software, or configuration including due to human error among other  issues.


Data loss


Technology failure: Not if,  rather when and how to decrease impact
Any technology regardless of what it is or who it is from along with its architecture design and implementation can fail. It is not if, rather when and  how gracefully along with what safeguards to decrease the impact, in addition to containing or isolating  faults differentiates various products or solutions. How they automatically repair and self heal to keep running or support  accessibility and maintain data integrity are important as is how those options are used. Granted a failure may not be technology related  per say, rather something associated with human intervention, configuration,  change management (or lack thereof) along with accidental or intentional activities.


Walking the talk
I have used public cloud storage services for several years including  SaaS and AaaS as well as IaaS (See more XaaS here) and knock on wood, have not  lost any data yet, loss of access sure, however not data being  lost.


I follow my advice and best practices when selecting cloud  providers looking for good value, service level agreements (SLAs) and service level objectives (SLOs) over low cost or for free services.


In the several years of using cloud based storage and services there  has been some loss of access, however no loss of data. Those service disruptions  or loss of access to data and services ranged from a few minutes to a little  over an hour. In those scenarios, if I could not have waited for cloud storage  to become accessible, I could have accessed a local copy if it were available.


Had a major disruption occurred where it would have been several  days before I could gain access to that information, or if it were actually  lost, I have a data insurance policy. That data insurance policy is part of my  business continuance (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) strategy. My BC and DR  strategy is a multi layered approach combining local, offline and offsite as  along with online cloud data protection and archiving.


Assuming my cloud storage service could get data back to a given  point (RPO) in a given amount of time (RTO), I have some options. One option is  to wait for the service or information to become available again assuming a  local copy is no longer valid or available. Another option is to start  restoration from a master gold copy and then roll forward changes from the  cloud services as that information becomes available. In other words, I am using  cloud storage as another resource that is for both protecting what is local, as  well as complimenting how I locally protect things.


Minimize or cut  data loss or loss of access
Anything important should be protected locally and remotely meaning  leveraging cloud and a master or gold backup copy.


To cut the cost of  protecting information, I also leverage archives, which mean not all data gets  protected the same. Important data is protected more often reducing RPO  exposure and speed up RTO during restoration. Other data that is not as  important is protected, however on a different frequency with other retention  cycles, in other words, tiered data protection. By implementing tiered data  protection, best practices, and various technologies including data footprint reduction (DFR) such as archive, compression, dedupe in addition to  local disk to disk (D2D), disk to disk to cloud (D2D2C),  along with routine copies to offline media (removable HDDs or RHDDs) that go  offsite,  Im able to stretch my data  protection budget further. Not only is my data protection budget stretched further,  I have more options to speed up RTO and better detail for recovery and  enhanced RPOs.


If you are looking to avoid losing data, or loss of access, it is a  simple equation in no particular order:

  • Strategy and design
  • Best practices and processes
  • Various technologies
  • Quality products
  • Robust service delivery
  • Configuration and implementation
  • SLO and SLA management metrics
  • People skill set and knowledge
  • Usage guidelines or terms of service (ToS)


Unfortunately, clouds like other technologies or solutions get a bad reputation or blamed when something goes wrong. Sometimes it is the technology or service that fails, other times it is a combination of errors that resulted in loss of access or lost data. With clouds as has been the case with other  storage mediums and systems in the past, when something goes wrong and if it has been hyped, chances are it will become a target for blame or finger pointing vs. determining what went wrong so that it does not occur again.  For example cloud storage has been  hyped as easy to use, don’t worry, just put your data there, you can get out of  the business of managing storage as  the cloud will do that magically  for you behind the scenes.


The reality is that while cloud storage solutions can offload functions, someone is still responsible for making decisions on its usage and configuration that impact availability. What separates various providers is their  ability to design in best practices, isolate and contain faults quickly, have resiliency  integrated as part of a solution along with various SLAs aligned to what the service  level you are expecting in an easy to use manner.


Does that mean the more you pay the more reliable and resilient a  solution should be?
No, not necessarily, as there can still be risks including how the  solution is used.


Does that mean low cost or for free solutions have the most risk?
No, not necessarily as it comes down to how you use or design  around those options. In other words, while cloud storage services remove or  mask complexity, it still comes down to how you are going to use a given  service.


Shared responsibility for  cloud (and non cloud) storage data protection
Anything important enough that you cannot afford to lose, or have  quick access to should be protected in different locations and on various  mediums. In other words, balance your risk. Cloud storage service provider toned  to take responsibility to meet service expectations for a given SLA and SLOs  that you agree to pay for (unless free).


As the customer you have the responsibility of following best practices  supplied by the service provider including reading the ToS. Part of the  responsibility as a customer or consumer is to understand what are the ToS, SLA  and SLOs for a given level of service that you are using. As a customer or consumer,  this means doing your homework to be ready as a smart educated buyer or  consumer of cloud storage services.


If you are a vendor or value added reseller  (VAR), your opportunity is to help customers with the acquisition process to  make informed decision. For VARs and solution providers, this can mean up  selling customers to a higher level of service by making them aware of the risk  and reward benefits as opposed to focus on cost. After all, if a order taker at McDonalds can ask Would you like to super size your order, why cant you as a  vendor or solution provider also have a value oriented up sell message.


Additional related links to  read more and sources of information:

Choosing  the Right Local/Cloud Hybrid Backup for SMBs
E2E  Awareness and insight for IT environments
Poll: What  Do You Think of IT Clouds?
Convergence:  People, Processes, Policies and Products
What do  VARs and Clouds as well as MSPs have in common?
Industry  adoption vs. industry deployment, is there a difference?
Cloud conversations: Loss of data access vs. data loss
Clouds and Data Loss: Time for CDP (Commonsense Data Protection)?
Clouds are like Electricity: Dont be scared
Wit and wisdom for BC and DR
Criteria for choosing the right business continuity or disaster  recovery consultant
Local and Cloud Hybrid Backup for SMBs
Is cloud disaster recovery appropriate for SMBs?
Laptop data protection: A major headache with many cures
Disaster recovery in the cloud explained
Backup in the cloud: Large enterprises wary, others climbing on  board
Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press, 2011)
Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy


Poll: Who is responsible for cloud storage data  loss?

Click here to cast your vote on who is responsible for cloud storage loss and view results


Taking action, what you  should (or not) do
Dont be scared of clouds, however do your homework, be ready,  look before you leap and follow best practices. Look into the service level  agreements (SLAs) associated with a given cloud storage product or service. Follow  best practices about how you or someone else will protect what data is  put into the cloud.


For critical data or information, consider having a copy of that  data in the cloud as well as at or in another place, which could be in a  different cloud or local or offsite and offline. Keep in mind the theme for  critical information and data is not if, rather when so what can be done to  decrease the risk or impact of something happening, in other words, be  ready.


Data put into the cloud can be lost, or, loss of access to it can  occur for some amount of time just as happens with using non cloud storage  such as tape, disk or ssd. What impacts or minimizes your risk of using  traditional local or remote as well as cloud storage are the best practices,  how configured, protected, secured and managed. Another consideration is the  type and quality of the storage product or cloud service can have a big impact.  Sure, a quality product or service can fail; however, you can also design and  configure to decrease those impacts.


Wrap up
Bottom line, do not be scared of cloud storage, however be ready,  do your homework, review best practices, understand benefits and caveats, risk  and reward. For those who want to learn more about cloud storage (public,  private and hybrid) along with data protection, data management, data footprint  reduction among other related topics and best practices, I happen to know of some  good resources. Those resources in addition to the links provided above are titled  Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press) that you can learn more  about here as well as find at Amazon among other venues. Also, check out Enterprise  Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy by Preston De Guise (aka  twitter @backupbear ) which is a great resource for protecting data.


Ok, nuff said for now


Cheers gs

Rather than doing a bunch of separate posts, here is a collection of different perspectives and commentary on various IT and data storage industry activity.

Various comments and perspectives

In this link are comments and perspectives regarding thin provisioning including how it works as well as when to use it for optimizing storage space capacity. Speaking of server and storage capacity, here in this link are comments on what server and storage would be needed to support an SMB office of 50 people (or more, or less) along with how to back it up.


For those interested or in need of managing data and other records in this link are comments on preparing yourself for regulatory scrutiny.


Storage networking interface or protocol  debates (battles) can be interesting, in this link, see the role of iSCSI SANs for data storage environments. Lets not forget about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) which is discussed in this link and here in this link. Here in this link are comments about how integrated rackem, stackem and package bundles stack up. To support increased continued demand for managed service providers (MSP), cloud and hosted services providers are continuing to invest in their infrastructures, so read some comments here. While technology plays a role particular as it matures, there is another barrier to leveraging converged solutions and that is organizational, read some perspectives and thoughts here.


Storage optimization including data footprint reduction (DFR) can be used to cut  costs as well as support growth. In this link see tips on reducing storage costs and additional perspectives in this link to do more with what you have. Here in this link are some wit and wisdom comments on the world of disaster recovery solutions. Meanwhile in this link are perspectives for choosing the right business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) consultant. In this link are comments on BC and DR including planning for virtualization and life beyond consolidation. Are disk based dedupe and virtual tape libraries a hold over for old backup, or a gateway to the future, see some perspectives on those topics and technologies in this link.


Here are some more comments on DR and BC leveraging the cloud while perspectives on various size organizations looking at clouds for backup in this piece here. What is the right local, cloud or hybrid backup for SMBs, check out some commentary here while viewing some perspectives on cloud disaster recovery here. Not to be forgotten, laptop data protection can also be a major headache however there are also many cures discussed in this piece here.


The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative (GSI) debut their Emerald power efficiency measurement specification recently, read some perspectives and comments in this link here. While we are on the topic of data center efficiency and effectiveness, here in this link are perspectives on micro servers or mini blade systems. Solution bundles also known as data center in a box or SAN in a CAN have been popular with solutions from EMC (vBlocks) and NetApp (FlexPods) among others, read perspectives on them in this link.


Buzzword bingo


What would a conversation involving data storage and IT (particularly buzzword bingo) be without comments about Big Data and Big Bandwidth which you can read here.


Want to watch some videos, from Spring 2011 SNW, check out starting around the 15:00 to 55:00 time scale in this video from the Cube where various topics are discussed. Interested in how to scale data storage with clustered or scale up and out solutions, check out this video here or if you want to see some perspectives on data de duplication watch this clip.


Various comments and perspectives


Here is a video discussing SMBs as the current sweet spot for server virtualization with comments on the SMB virtualization dark side also discussed here. Meanwhile here are comments regarding EMC Flashy announcements from earlier this year on the Cube. Check out this video where I was a guest of Cali Lewis and John MacArthur on the Cube from the Dell Storage Forum discussing a range of topics as well as having some fun. Check out these videos and perspectives from VMworld 2011.


Whats your take on choosing the best SMB NAS? Here are some of my perspectives on choosing a SMB NAS storage system. Meanwhile here are some perspectives on enterprise class storage features finding their way into SMB NAS storage systems.


Meanwhile industry leaders EMC and NetApp have been busy enhancing their NAS storage solutions that you can read comments here.


Are you familiar with the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA)? Here are some comments about OVA and other server virtualization topics.


Various videos


Whats your take on Thunderbolt the new interconnect Apple is using in place of USB, here are my thoughts. Meanwhile various other tips and Ask the Expert (AtE) and discussion can be found here.


Check out the above links, as well view more perspectives, comments and news here, here, here, here and here.


Ok, nuff said for now

Cheers gs