On the seventh day….

Day seven brings us closer to the big day.  I can feel the excitement build.  And build is the right word, because in addition to roasting chestnuts, eating cookies and singing carols, we have the presents to deal with. I am sure you are in better shape than I am, and already have everything bought.  How many toys did you get with the dreaded "some assembly required?"  Wouldn’t it be great if there was 7/24 support to assemble these little nuggets of fun and excitement?  (Here’s a tip, many toy companies have opened support centers for just such an emergency.  Though I doubt the are open on Christmas Eve.)  This car looks especially fun! Read More


On the sixth day…

It’s the 6th day of storage Christmas and we’re half-way home. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a ginormous gift under the tree? How about a gift that stores well over a petabyte of data in a single rack! Read More


2010: The Year Vendors Get Smarter or Go Home

Hearing news about the difficulties currently being faced by Copan it struck me that the storage market has been a fairly tumultuous one in 2009. As disk prices have dropped over the last 2 or 3 years, and as virtualization has gained a foothold in enterprises, there has been a fair amount of innovation in the disk market with technologies such as deduplication and thin provisioning becoming hot topics. However, with the challenging economic environment shaping the decisions of investors and end-users, it has been a challenging time for any companies desperately trying to gain a foothold. Read More


On the fifth day…

For some folks, Holidays Without Pain means the in-laws behaved and none of the kids got sick. For storage admins, Tape Without Pain means the backup jobs ran smoothly and there was no mad scramble to recover a tape or fix any gear at one in the morning.  Ahhh, now that’s bliss! Read More


On the fourth day…

Brother can ya spare a dime? How about sparing some time? Many storage administrators are hard pressed to spare either – especially when it comes to ensuring their archive and backup operations are always on.  Read More


On the second day…

Tape houses nearly 70% of the world’s data. That being the case, what could be more useful to a storage admin than receiving media for Christmas? Certified Media from Spectra Logic, no less! Coupled with Spectra’s Media Lifecycle Management in every Spectra library, Spectra Certified Media helps ensure your backups complete successfully and your archived data is safe and healthy. Read More


On the first day…

As we approach the holidays, it seemed like a fun idea to do the 12 Days of Christmas – Spectra Style. Look for an update everyday from the blog team.  Read More


Out-running the Bear

I just got back from the Gartner Data Center Conference 2009 in Las Vegas.  It was a good show – then again, can you have a bad show in Vegas?  I mean, it’s Vegas!  Anyhow, there were lots of decision makers roaming around engaged in a plethora of interesting discussions and speaker sessions. Read More