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August 24, 2014

You joined me in San Francisco! Yippee! That’s means you’ve already fought off some unsavory characters walking the streets. You enjoyed an @Uber ride from the airport. You stood in a quite the long line to check in at your hotel, and now you are getting ready to hit the Expo and find out what’s […]

Event: Impact of Virtualization on Storage

July 9, 2014

Many businesses are discovering that the traditional storage architecture- much of it dating from the 1980’s- is unsuited in multiple ways to the demands of today’s virtualized and consolidated data center. The virtualized data center puts not just more demand, but new kinds of demand on the storage system. All-flash and hybrid storage arrays specifically […]

Compromising Situation

June 11, 2014

I was sent a link to a chalk-talk by a customer the other day that I thought I would address point by point. Tegile recently announced our new T-Series all flash hybrid arrays, and it seems like everyone else is getting in on the game as well. I thought it would make sense to show […]


Middle Management Sucks

June 3, 2014
Employee in command

…unless you are talking about data management. That’s right. Data Management features like thin provisioning, snapshot and cloning, replication, deduplication, and compression are what make managing the data in your environment easier. This middle layer of management helps drive data reduction, but also drives things like data protection, disaster recovery, business continuity. They also contribute […]

Choice Matters Most

May 22, 2014

These days choice is something everyone of us has become accustomed to. Go to just about any convenience or grocery store in the country and look for the peanuts. There they are, right? Peanuts are only in season for a couple of months each year, but because consumers demand year-round access, enough are harvested to extend […]

Smaller is Faster

May 20, 2014

Spud Webb could reach great heights with a basketball in hand and Danny Woodhead could weave up and down the field. Both proving that sometimes smaller IS better. Deduplicating your production storage is also better, and when done correctly, faster. But how can this be you may ask? If I have to spend more time […]

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Buying Criteria vs. Use Criteria

April 23, 2014

When I talk to our customers about the advantages of a Hybrid storage array, I frequently come across many questions that can be categorized as either buying criteria or use criteria. A couple quick definitions are in order to begin. Use criteria are the most important of the two because this is what you are […]

Don’t be ‘Pitfall Harry’ when Virtualizing SQL

April 4, 2014

Your virtualization admin has been mandated to consolidate. Database admins are being mandated to improve performance. The DBA wants faster cores, while the virtualization admin wants more cores. All the while, neither of these admins understand each others environments, have a standardized way to test performance, or recognize how changes on one side affect the […]

Top ‘o the blog to ya

April 2, 2014

First of all, I swear that the 20 votes I got did NOT come from grandparents, cousins, or other relatives. They didn’t come from me, my pet goldfish, or my deceased neighbor either. I swear. Now that I have cleared the air about that, it’s exciting to be getting ANY votes  among this impressive list […]

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Event: All Flash vs. Hybrid – Use Cases

March 25, 2014

Attend this webinar to learn the difference between all flash and hybrid arrays and which ones make the most sense to deploy for different use cases. Register here:  

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