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For most organizations application releases are analogous to extremely tense and pressurized situations where risk mitigation and tight time deadlines are key. This is made worse with the complication of internal silos and the consequent lack of cohesion that exists not just within the microcosm of IT infrastructure teams but also amongst the broader departments of development, QA and operations. Now with the increasing demand on IT from application and business unit stakeholders for new releases to be deployed quickly and successfully, the interdependence of software development and IT operations are being seen as an integral part to the successful delivery of IT services. Consequently businesses are recognizing that this can't be achieved unless the traditional methodologies and silos are readdressed or changed. Cue the emergence of a new methodology that's simply... (more)

When RAID 10 Is Worth The Economic Cost

Faced with the prospect of the extra disks needed for RAID 10 or the heavily marketed RAID 5, most users would go with the economic option and choose the latter believing they avoided themselves potential capacity problems for the future. But with 15k FC disks now seen as a norm for an OLTP (with some users even going for SSDs), the need to decide between RAID 10 or RAID 5 is something that needs to go beyond economic considerations. The benefits of Storage administration becoming easier and more accessible via GUIs and single management panes has ironically led to the downside of ... (more)

Was InVista the New Betamax?

The best method of Storage virtualization has been one of the most debated and argued issues within the industry. Nobody argues that while it is nothing more than an abstraction between the storage device and its application, the benefits that come with it such as consolidation, ease of management, online migrations etc. make it a fundamental aspect of the constantly non-heterogeneous emerging world of storage. Of course virtualization is on everyone's lips with the advent of VMotion and Vstorage offered by the Server-based storage virtualization solution of VMware. Veritas Volu... (more)

'NetApp & Microsoft' vs 'EMC Cisco VMware'

2009 seems to have been the year of corporate marriages but whether they are marriages made in heaven is yet to be seen. The ongoing saga between Oracle and Sun and their child ZFS is already suffering from the clutches of the scorned mistress ECC, while the Dell/ Perot and HP/3Com matches are still in their honeymoon period. One partnership though which does look likely to stand the test of time and causes the biggest threat to all others is that of Cisco, EMC and their wonderkid Vmware. The discussion on how in my opinion these three will monopolise the future of ILM and cloud ... (more)

Hitachi Reaches For The Clouds

Hitachi Data Systems recently showcased the new Hitachi Content Platform penned ‘the Cloud-friendly' replacement to the hardware formerly known as HCAP. So what is different about the HCP compared to its predecessor apart from the removal of ‘Archive' from its title and is this a really Hitachi's way of embracing cloud computing? As up and coming vendors enter the game pushing products strictly focused on cloud computing, the entrance of the major storage vendors is as guaranteed as Paris Hilton attending another A-list celebrity bash i.e. she might not be invited but you just t... (more)