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

The ultimate in hyper-convergence is the mainframe, and the ultimate in distributed is the cloud. Which is the best way to move forward? Will the cloud become the new standard in IT deployment, or will the trend towards hyper-convergence win out as folks realize they want more control of their systems and data. You need to understand the history of IT to judge.

August 04, 2014 4:29 PM EDT

The world has changed. Information technology is the new normal, as almost everyone is connected in some way to the net. Television was the last big thing, but people are now bypassing live television and getting most of their information from the network, even their TV shows.

July 16, 2014 2:01 PM EDT

I did an awesome drive on the trans-Canada highway from Calgary to Vancouver Canada, and I was awed by the natural beauty there. I took hundreds of pictures and videos using my trusty smartphone. As I was in the middle of capturing my walk along a beautiful trail leading to a spectacular waterfall, the camera app suddenly stopped. I found that I had run out of storage.

June 30, 2014 3:43 PM EDT

I recently attended the Cloud Computing East 2014 conference put on by the DCIA and the CCA in Washington DC, and as usual, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the speakers at these cloud events. The information imparted was on par and sometimes surpassed what I have seen in much larger and much more expensive events. Kudo’s to the DCIA and CCA in sponsoring such an informative conference!

May 28, 2014 12:11 PM EDT

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
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