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December 23, 2014  10:07 PM

8 Geeky Questions About Jeb Bush’s Email Dump

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Email, Storage

Political wonks got something to salivate over earlier this month when former Florida governor and presumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced that in the spring he intended to

November 24, 2014  6:44 PM

Were the Missing IRS Email Messages Found? Not Quite

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Email, Storage

You may recall that in June, the Interwebs were burning up with the story about former director of exempt organizations for the...

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November 18, 2014  2:11 PM

Here’s the One Thing to Look At to See If Your Hard Drive Will Fail

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Storage

Anyone who's had a hard drive fail just as they were about to do a backup on it, honest! will understand how much we'd all like to know when our hard disks are about to fail. Some time ago (between 1995 and 2004, depending on how you count), a standard was developed...


October 30, 2014  6:37 PM

The Breakup of the Great Ottoman Storage and E-Discovery Empires

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Autonomy, Documentum, E-discovery, ediscovery, EMC, HP, Storage, Symantec

With this being the centennial of the start of World War I, and with what's going on in the storage industry lately, it isn't surprising if you're also being reminded of the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire. Well, okay. Maybe only if you're a history buff. In case you were dozing in the...


October 29, 2014  9:57 PM

To Heck With Station Wagons. How Much Data Fits on BART?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Periodically, people take the new capacity of storage media -- not to mention the new increasing sizes of motor vehicles -- and uses it to recalculate that lovely statistic, "


September 21, 2014  10:32 PM

Will Cloud Storage be the Pork Bellies of the Future?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

It’s said that one of the major advantages of cloud storage is that you can add storage on the fly as you need it. But what if it went further? What if cloud storage was even more disintermediated than it is today? An electric utility, for example, typically offers power generated several...


September 16, 2014  1:22 PM

‘Size Matters,’ Storage Vendors Say

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hitachi, SanDisk, Storage, western digital

Okay, it's official: Storage vendors are all a big bunch of size queens.

Just a couple of weeks after Seagate announced an 8TB drive, Western Digital has...


August 29, 2014  2:49 PM

BackBlaze Tests 6TB Drives in Storage Pods

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Seagate, Storage, western digital

As you may recall, there are a number of vendors using a monstrous lot of hardware by buying a lot of commodity hardware, stripping off everything extraneous, and then stuffing boxes full of them. In addition, many of these vendors are also being nice and sharing information with us about their...


July 27, 2014  11:55 PM

Why the ‘Hard Drive-Sniffing Dog’ Should Scare the Crap Out of You

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

More than one person thought it was from the Onion: Police have trained dogs to smell out child pornography. But the truth is no laughing matter. First of all, the dogs can't smell pornography,...


June 18, 2014  8:27 PM

Hard Drive Crash Takes Out IRS Email — Or Does It?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Email, Storage

We've talked before about "Taking Out the Trash Day." Well, the White House had a dilly of a trash day last Friday when it...


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