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Application Development & Deployment Truths               The Bigger Truth ESG Lab Blog
Cloud Computing Truths               Big Data, the Universe, and Everything Insecure About Security
Data Management & Analytics Truths               The Business of Storage IT Artillery
Data Protection Truths               Channeling IT IT Depends
Information Security Truths               Data Center Continuum Liquefying IT
Networking Truths               Decoding Development and Developers Technical Optimist
Storage Truths                  

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  • September 18, 2014

    Permabit SANblox: Fitting More Bricks in Storage Buildings

    The new SANblox offeering from Permabit allows the retrofitting of data reduction technologies (dedupe and compression) onto existing FC arrays. That's clearly an attractive proposition for some users...but will their vendors give them a chance to deploy it? 

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  • September 17, 2014

    How The US Government Is Trying To Ensure No One Uses US Cloud Service Providers

    A few months ago, the US government did a completely insane, and massively far reaching thing - it forced Microsoft to hand over e-mails and personal information of customers of US companies on a server that is in IRELAND.

    It's essentially like telling the FBI that they have a right to barge into someone's house in Cork because some U.S. cousin might have sent them something illegal. As far as I know, that's not ok.

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  • September 17, 2014

    Why Doesn't IT Back Up BYOD?!

    So, why doesn’t IT back up BYOD endpoints?! It isn’t a rhetorical question.

    I have always been confounded why IT, the custodian of corporate data, doesn’t feel obliged to protect that corporate data when it resides on an endpoint device, and more particularly when the corporate data resides on a BYOD endpoint device. I understand the excuses – it's hard to do well, the solutions are expensive, and it's difficult to quantify the business impact and therefore the ROI of the solution. In fact, in ESG’s Data Protection-as-a-service (DPaaS) Trends report, we saw several excuses (not reasons) to not back up endpoint devices.

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  • September 17, 2014

    Hadoop Clusters Made Easy at Alice's Restaurant

    Building a big data environment is usually a non-trivial exercise, but Blue Data has automated much of the effort to improve the experience and time-to-value.

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  • September 17, 2014

    Dot Hill - A Video Look Behind the Engineering Scenes

    Like any other product, with storage we enjoy the use and value of the actual item; occassionally, however it is worth reminding ourselves of the attention to detail that goes into making a complete offering. So, on a recent visit to Dot Hill I took my camcorder to the engineering labs....

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  • September 16, 2014

    HDS bought Sepaton ... now what?

    Sepaton’s technology really is markedly different in a few aspects that do lend it to enterprise environments, but their challenge until now has been gaining penetration into those enterprise accounts – and defending against the other deduplication vendors in those enterprise accounts whose solution portfolio typically includes production storage systems (not just deduplication secondary systems) and other key aspects of the overall IT infrastructure, often with higher relationships and more flexibility in pricing due to the broader portfolio … and that is where this gets interesting for HDS.

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  • September 16, 2014

    Big Data ≠ Competitive Advantage

    Most companies undertaking new big data initiatives are doing so with specific business goals in mind. The belief is that a better understanding of their operations, their customers, their research and development will all lead to smarter, timelier decisions, and this will then translate into better results. Done right, this is all true enough, and certainly a worthy pursuit.

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  • September 15, 2014

    Backing up SaaS : an interview with Spanning

    As traditional workloads like file/collaboration and email move from on-premises servers to cloud services like Office365 and GoogleApps and SalesForce, there will likely emerge new dominant innovators that could put all of the legacy solutions on notice.  That dominance has historically been based on two things: 1) early brand awareness in the space and 2) their influence on the platform provider that the rest of the backup ecosystem will eventually depend on. 

    So, I recently took the opportunity to visit with Jeff Erramouspe, CEO of Spanning Cloud to hear his thoughts on SaaS backup.

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  • September 12, 2014

    HP Acquires Eucalyptus

    HP announced on September 11, 2014 that they had entered into an agreement to acquire Eucalyptus.  My take is that Eucalyptus will help HP stabilize its cloud strategy, which has been drifting.  However, HP will need to take additional steps to continue their cloud momentum.  This means that HP should continue to build out their portfolio of Eucalyptus services and look for PaaS and SaaS solutions through partnering to create stickiness for the Eucalyptus IaaS.

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  • September 11, 2014

    Enterprise Annexation of Endpoint Security

    Malware detection, prevention, and response activities are quickly bringing endpoint and network security together. 

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