Well, it appears from comments on recent blog entries that I’m all of the
above! The post(s) in question are as follows;
I thank those who have made positive comments on my behalf, it is most
appreciated. I find it even more amusing that my style of writing has been
described as tabloid. Perhaps I need a few more appropriate blog titles.
How about the following: Netapp ate my Hamster or Gotcha! (when EMC outbid
Netapp for Data Domain).
The things I write about are coloured by the work I do – which is for and
on behalf of customers. It’s my job to cut through the marketing hype... (more)
HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released
their HP Cloud service in public beta. Here’s the announcement press
release. The services on offer are:
Available Now as Public Beta
Compute – on-demand server instances. Cloud Object Storage – object-based
storage using RESTful APIs. Content Delivery Network – local distribution
of web content.
Still in Private Beta
Cloud Block Storage – persistent data for compute images Relational
Database for MySQL – managed cloud databases
There’s also the HP Identity Service for managing key & token access
This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media
application, so.cl. This was quietly released over the weekend with little
attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media
platform. It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl will be
useful; currently it appears to be targeted at students and search sharing.
I wonder whether the intention is to use the output to help improve the
quality of Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.
Anyhow, the so.cl interface is reminiscent of Google+ (especially party
invitations, that seem to... (more)
This week has seen announcements from two companies I’ve been interested in
and following for some time.
Nasuni makes a storage appliance that stores all of a customer’s data in
“the cloud”. It’s available either as a physical device (effectively
a server running their software) or as a virtual machine. What makes their
product interesting is that both the data and filer configuration reside on
the cloud and can be reconstituted anywhere if for some reason the filer is
lost (for example if the appliance is down or power was lost). The only
piece of data the customer ne... (more)
Yesterday Oracle Corp announced their intention to acquire Xsigo Systems Inc
for an as yet undisclosed sum of money. Xsigo was one of the original
presenters at Tech Field Day back in November 2009. That was the
the inaugural event where I met great friends like Simon Seagrave, Greg
Knieriemen and many more.
Xsigo’s technology is all about consolidating the storage and networking
fabric in the data centre. Rather than having HBAs, CNAs and NICs in each
server or blade chassis, you deploy a single Infiniband card, which is used
as the physical transport layer. Virtual devices... (more)