Christopher Poelker is the author of Storage Area Networks for Dummies, and has over 30 years of experience architecting storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions. Chris specializes in storage virtualization and data protection, and is currently the vice president of Enterprise Solutions at FalconStor Software. Chris’s postings on this site are his own and do not represent FalconStor Software’s positions, strategies or opinions. The opinions expressed are those of Christopher L Poelker, and may not represent those of Computerworld.

Latest Posts by Chris

Before you think of storage in the cloud, you need to be sure to understand your use case.

April 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

The term cloud computing is bandied about all the time these days, but many folks are still confused about what all the fuss is about, and what it means to them. The IT landscape is changing faster than it ever has before, and it is becoming more and more difficult for quote “normal” people to keep up.

March 12, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
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It's always entertaining for me to take a look back at my previous predictions, so I decided to go back and re-read my previous attempts at foreseeing the future direction of storage, and review my hits and misses. Let's just say I was 10 years too early

February 13, 2014 6:00 AM EST

I just recently spent a few days in beautiful downtown Las Vegas at the Gartner Data Center Conference, and I must say, it was quite informative and a good show all together. One thing I found especially intriguing is how the IT industry has been changing so rapidly lately.

December 16, 2013 9:44 PM EST

You may be scratching your head about how to apply deduplication to your enterprise or service organization. This is perfectly reasonable, as several terms have been bandied about by vendors in the industry regarding which type of deduplication is the best. Here is a simple breakdown and explanation of these terms so you can make the right call for your company.


October 31, 2013 6:00 AM EDT

In this second installment, I dig a bit deeper into the guts of how deduplication works and why it's important in ensuring that our personal and business data is continually and efficiently protected. This is a concern for almost every person who backs up their data to the cloud or share's information with friends and families over the network.

October 08, 2013 3:04 PM EDT

Everyone is talking about the benefits of storing data to the cloud for sharing information among friends, to simplify moving data between different mobile devices, and for small businesses to back up and provide disaster recovery (DR) capabilities. But how do cloud providers protect your data?

August 20, 2013 7:49 AM EDT

I was traveling through Canada recently doing a series of seminars on cloud computing and the impact it is having on business and our lives. My co-speakers were from the Bennett Jones law firm. From almost every group we spoke to, we heard thought-provoking comments about the laws around data security.

July 10, 2013 6:00 AM EDT

When's the last time you looked up from your smartphone and spoke to the person sitting next to you?  For many of us, it's been awhile.  Mobile technology is having a huge impact on our lives and our society – along with changing the way we think about data and use the massive amounts of information generated by that technology.

June 12, 2013 3:44 PM EDT

The debate over whether disk or tape is the better solution for backup has been going on for some time now, and it seems the answer you get typically depends on who is responding to the question

April 29, 2013 6:03 AM EDT
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