Friday hike blogging: clouds and sun

November 7, 2014

I’ve been hiking regularly, but not posting Fridays due to some schedule conflicts. Last Saturday I took one of my favorite loops, but started from Soldiers Pass rather than Mormon Canyon, and headed counterclockwise. The weather was unsettled, with dark clouds to the north and east and broken clouds to the west. As it was […]

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Mark Lewis on Formation’s enterprise play

November 6, 2014

Formation Data Systems announced a soft launch a few weeks ago with a $24M round – hefty for a software play – and one of the investors is Kumar Malavalli, the smart guy behind Brocade. StorageMojo spoke to FDS CEO Mark Lewis. The what Formation is focused on attacking the cost and expense of enterprise […]

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Adesto resistance RAM shipping now

November 3, 2014

Adesto Technologies is a company you probably haven’t heard of. I’m here to fix that, thanks to a discussion I had today with their CEO, semiconductor veteran Narbeh Derhacobian. Adesto is announcing a whiz-bang new product next week, but you need to know about this company now. Their focus is low-power memory solutions – i.e. […]

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Friday hike blogging: Sterling Pass trail

October 24, 2014

After the Slide Rock fire all the trails in Oak Creek Canyon were closed for about 4 months. They reopened the trails October 1, so I’ve been hiking some of them to see what the fuss was about. The Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch hike is about about 1200 steep feet up, 800 steep feet […]

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Shadow IT industry pt. III: what’s next?

October 24, 2014

What’s next for the shadow IT industry? It should be obvious: after blowing up the storage and server business models, what’s left? Networking Amazon has been working on their own networking software and hardware for several years. While networks aren’t a large part of their cost structure – servers are – it was rapidly growing […]

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Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

October 17, 2014

Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .

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Shadow IT pt. 2

October 17, 2014

The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is […]

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The shadow IT industry

October 14, 2014

The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is […]

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Scale and intelligence: lessons from warehouse-scale computing

October 13, 2014

Why is enterprise infrastructure so costly and inflexible while warehouse-scale computing is cost-effective and flexible? Is it: a) Enterprise infrastructure is too capital intensive? b) Warehouse-scale people are smarter? c) High-scale systems can’t be reduced to enterprise-scale cost effectively? Lucky for you, this is an open-blog exam. Read on. People, machines and scale Greg Ferro […]

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Symantec to split – finally!

October 8, 2014

Multiple outlets are reporting that Symantec (SYMC), which bought storage software leader Veritas for $10.6 billion in 2005, is soon to break itself up into a security company and a storage software company. SYMC segments their business into User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. The Information Management segment includes backup and recovery, […]

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Friday hike blogging: the west fork of Oak Creek

October 5, 2014

The most popular local trail is the west fork of Oak Creek. It’s relatively flat and, thanks to the high canyon walls and riparian foliage, usually shady – a big plus in the summer months. The trail has been closed for the last 4 months due to the 21,000 acre Slide Rock fire. The Forest […]

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Reconstruction almost complete

October 4, 2014

Like reconstructing Leeloo from the Fifth Element, with no Milla Jovovich. Or a replacement drive in a RAID set. This has been a busy week, but not with research and blogging. Busy fixing the blog instead. WordPress 4.0 broke the StorageMojo theme. The themesters came out with an update with 4.0 support, but migrating to […]

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Friday hike blogging: Brins Mesa

September 27, 2014

I frequently hike the Brins Mesa-Soldiers Pass-Jordan Trail loop, but Wednesday Qing wanted to shake things up. So once we made the top of the mesa we turned north and hiked another mile and about 500 feet higher. That took us to the edge of the Mogollon Rim. On top of the Rim you’re on […]

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Macromolecular storage: the next frontier

September 26, 2014

Disk drives and flash are already pushing the limits of nanotechnology to increase density. But what if we went with encoding data directly into molecules? Does a petabyte per cc sound interesting? In Advances in Macromolecular Data Storage, Masud Mansuripur, a professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, proposes a […]

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EMC’s “Federation” meme is so dead

September 24, 2014

With reports from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that EMC has been shopping itself to HP, Dell and perhaps Cisco and Oracle (pretty please!) it’s clear that the “EMC Federation” concept has cratered. Why did it take so long? While an activist investor – hedge fund Elliot Management – has pushed […]

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