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 in-memory
platform HANA for enterprise applications everyone took note as they coined
the advantage of real-time analytics. SAP HANA promised to not just make
databases dramatically faster like traditional business warehouse accelerator
systems but instead speed up the front end, enabling c... (more)
With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer,
the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an
inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5
inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive era) for GB USB
sticks, surely the drive for tiered storage based upon different grades of
SSDs should be just as rapid? But this hasn’t been the case with one left
wondering as to why?
The first obvious answer is the price. Not many companies are prepared to
fork out the extra 30 times price hike ... (more)
I was recently asked my opinion on what were the main considerations for
Cloud Computing with specific emphasis on Internal Clouds.
Eager to assist I quickly gave a rundown of issues which included SLAs,
distinguishing charge rates, security etc, etc.
Pleased with the response received our conversation then veered off into
another direction but then it struck me - I had just fallen victim to the
marketing jargon. Internal Cloud?
What on earth was he asking me and what on earth had I just answered with?
I thought back and reassessed my understanding of the Cloud to what I
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)
While personally, I believe the Sidekick disaster was just a stumbling block
in the embracing of cloud computing for many organizations, today’s news
that the newly formed alliance of SUN and Oracle was possibly to blame adds a
whole new dimension to the issue.
According to some reports the Sidekick service crash involved an Oracle RAC
database and Solaris and Linux servers. Currently unlike EMC who were quick
to retract the finger pointers, Oracle and Sun declined to respond to the
To put a picture on the background of this scenario one needs to firstly look
at the ... (more)