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Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

SAP HANA’s Real Time Challenge to the Oracle Empire

When the character Maverick from the movie Top Gun exclaimed, "I feel the need, the need for speed", you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a sound bite from a CIO discussing their transactional databases. Whether it's a financial organization predicting share prices, a bank knowing whether it can approve a loan or a marketing organisation reaching consumers with a compelling promotional offer, the need to access, store, process and analyze data as quickly as possible is an imperative for any business looking to gain a competitive edge. Hence when in 2011, SAP announced their new... (more)

Green Storage: MAID to Do More Than Just Spin Down

Green Storage Journal on Ulitzer The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are succes... (more)

Undressing Victoria – Taking a Peek at the New HDS VSP / HP P9500

Back in 2004 HDS launched the USP, which was then followed by the great but not so radically different USP-V in 2007. Within that same time frame, HDS’ main rival in the Enterprise Storage market EMC, busily went about launching the Symmetrix DMX-3, then the DMX-4 and most recently the VMAX. Launching so-called revolutionary features such as FAST, (which HDS had been doing previously for years i.e. Tiered Storage Manager) EMC’s marketing machine quickly created an atmosphere wherein the Storage World became obsessed with all things ‘V’ namely VSphere, VMAX and VPLEX. With marketi... (more)

VCOPs - VMware’s Move into Cloud Monitoring

Is VMware slowly becoming the new Oracle? That was the question being asked after the backlash to their initial vRAM licensing model at the launch of vSphere 5. With VMware's somewhat quick retraction, it was ensured that any unsavoury Larry Ellison comparisons were quickly put to bed. Despite this it was still a signal of intent and an indication of VMware's recognition of its ever growing influence and clout. Now as VMware make serious manoeuvers into the PaaS space, a VMware based Cloud monitoring solution is a must. So with this in mind what is to be made of the huge marketin... (more)