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Well, it appears from comments on recent blog entries that I’m all of the above!  The post(s) in question are as follows; http://www.thestoragearchitect.com/2010/08/02/netapp-the-inflexibility-of-flexvols/ http://storagebod.typepad.com/storagebods_blog/2010/08/and-bod-makes-three.html http://www.grumpystorage.com/2010/08/notapp-random-thoughts.html http://blog.nigelpoulton.com/netapp-some-good-and-some-errrrr/ 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 Cloud Now Available In Beta – A First Look

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 managem... (more)

So.cl and Google+ Musings for a Monday

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)

How Viable Is Cloud Storage?

This week has seen announcements from two companies I’ve been interested in and following for some time. Nasuni 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)

Goodbye Xsigo It Was Nice Knowing You

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)