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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
I just returned from the spring 2013 Storage Networking World conference (SNW), and I was amazed at how much smaller the conference is now compared to just a few years ago. The vendor booth areas were especially scaled back. The good news is the speakers were all great, and the content was stimulating and thought-provoking as usual, which is important since the storage industry is evolving faster than many other areas of information technology.
Hey, backup guys. How would you like to finally get some respect and become one of the go-to data management experts for your company?