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Why Tape is Poised for a George Foreman-Like Comeback

Tape is Dead, Not!

The combination of tape and flash will yield much better performance and substantially lower cost than spinning disk. This statement will prove true for long-term data retention use cases storing large data objects. The implications of this forecast are: 1) Tape is relevant in this age of Big Data; 2) Certain tape markets may actually show growth again; 3) Spinning disk is getting squeezed from the top by flash and from below by a disk/tape mashup we call “flape.”

Spinning Disk: Slow and Getting Slower

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Five Reasons for CIOs To Run Away From a Job Offer

iStock_000019951335XSmallEven though the job market in many areas is tight, nothing is worse than jumping into a job that is a wrong fit, affects your health, or where you simply can’t be successful.

The salary/benefits package is substantially lower than you need

You might be thinking that this reason is too obvious to make a list like this.  However, too often, I hear stories from people who have accepted positions below their salary expectations only to eventually become resentful and looking for a way to correct the error.  As long as your salary and benefit expectations are reasonable for:

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Organizations Need to Understand the Role of the Security Officer to Maximize Impact

iStock_000022530655XSmallRegardless of organization vertical or size, security has been and will continue to be an incredibly important part of the risk management portfolio.  It’s how security is handled that will determine the overall effectiveness of chief security office position, though.

The security spectrum

Security is generally seen as a spectrum.  At one end of the spectrum is the wild west kind of environment.  In the wild west, anything goes and security is an afterthought.  In such environments, there is generally no security officer and every employee just does what they want when they want it.  If there is any security, it’s left up to the individual.  In these environments, employees can always get their job done thanks to the lack of red tape, but there is a high risk of downtime and data compromise.

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SDS Is More Than Just Virtualization

BullseyeToday, I read an article at SearchVirtualStorage entitled SDS a fancy way to say virtualization, says DataCore Software chairman.  In this article, DataCore Software Corp. chairman and founder Ziya Aral indicates that his belief is that SDS is essentially just virtualization and that he doesn’t really see the difference between the two terms.

SDS is a superset that includes virtualization

First, I understand where Mr. Aral is coming from as there are major similarities between the two concepts and people use the terms interchangeably and, let’s face it – vendors love to invent new terms all the time in a valiant effort to prove their forward-thinkingness and we’re seeing software-defined everything these days.  However, I see SDS is a superset technology that includes virtualization as one of its primary components.

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This Project Management Joke Is Often Reality

iStock_000025870318XSmallThere’s a joke that’s made its way around the interwebs over the years that outlines what many consider to be the “real” phases of project management, and it goes like this:

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Disillusionment
  3. Panic and hysteria
  4. Search for the guilty
  5. Punishment of the innocent
  6. Praise and honor for the nonparticipants

Unfortunately, while formal professional project managers would certainly hope to avoid projects that go like this, many project do take this calamitous route.  Here, I’m going to explain the thinking that results in these kinds of issues and provide some tips for avoiding certain project doom.

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Microsoft Decides to Ignore Surface’s Glaring Issues

MS-surface-2Last week, Microsoft announced the follow up to the much-maligned Surface line of tablets.  In doing so, the company announced that they have decided to simply ignore the most serious issues with Surface while addressing items that weren’t really all that bad in the first release.

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Apple’s Transformation from Market Leader to Marker Follower Continues

2013-09-11_14-04-52Apple’s September 9, 2013 announcement is proof that Apple has made the full transformation from innovation powerhouse to Just Another American Company.  If you’re not aware yet, today Apple announced the imminent release of two new iPhones.  The first is the successor to the current iPhone 5 and is dubbed the iPhone 5s. The second is a new, lower cost class of iPhone that is available in a variety of colors and is known as the iPhone 5c.

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Getting From Here To There Is The Next Technology Frontier

It’s no secret that the IT industry is changing at a pace that seems to accelerate with every passing year.  At VMworld 2013, Carl Eschenbach, COO of VMware, gave the keynote address and discussed what the future of how IT should be operated.  He focused on three main points:

  • Ensuring that virtualization extends to all of IT.
  • Replacing the current IT management paradigm with a future based on automation.
  • Ubiquity of the hybrid cloud.
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HotLink Brings Affordable Disaster Recovery to the Masses

To say that there is a whole lot of significant advancement to be seen on the expo floor at VMworld 2013 is an understatement.  There seems to be movement in just about every area of IT.  One aspect of the IT environment that remains a challenge for many revolves around disaster recovery.  While many organizations have done a reasonable job taking their backup and recovery processes to a level that can protect against hardware and software faults, cost and complexity have prevented many organizations – particularly those in the SMB space from achieving truly effective DR.

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CIOs: If You’re Not Following The Trends, You’re Far From Alone

iStock_000023488582XSmallOne of reasons that I love consulting and love attending events where I meet with end users is that I get to “keep it real” by seeing what’s really happening out in the real world as opposed to what analysts think should be happening in the data center and across the IT spectrum.  To listen to some of the typical tech media, one would think that everyone is now running their data centers inside public clouds or hybrid clouds and that the IT group is now completely focused on accelerating the business and technology issues are a thing of the past.

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