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November, 2007


November 30, 2007  12:12 PM

Tape is the only option

Maggie Wright Profile: mwright16

Just when I think that I have heard every reason for keeping data on tape, new arguments keep emerging. Now the latest is that tape is more energy efficient than disk.

My first real insight into this came a few weeks ago when I was speaking to Spectra Logic's director of technical...

November 30, 2007  12:11 PM

Beware of old disk drives

Maggie Wright Profile: mwright16

In doing some research recently on the problems associated with recovering data from old tapes, I found out that a similar set of problems exist when trying to recover data stored on old disks. This problem becomes especially pronounced if a company unplugs an old disk drive and puts it on...


November 20, 2007  9:54 AM

HP’s shopping list

Dave Raffo Dave Raffo Profile: Dave Raffo

As Dell proved when it decided to drop $1.4 billion on EqualLogic earlier this month, large storage acquisitions have not gone away just because startups have found a lucrative IPO path and EMC is...


November 15, 2007  10:25 AM

Photos from EMC Innovation Day

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

It was a treat for natives of the Boston area to go to the Museum of Science--most of us who hail from Massachusetts agreed the place is a staple of our childhoods. I haven't been there in about 15 years, but was both surprised and delighted to find that most of the main exhibit areas I saw...


November 15, 2007  10:20 AM

‘Tis the season to flush.

Dave Raffo Dave Raffo Profile: Dave Raffo

Storage vendors look forward to the fourth quarter of every year because customers need to spend the rest of their annual budget, so they buy a lot of storage products. At this time of year you hear storage CEOs gleefully refer to "budget flush," and the fourth quarter is almost always their top...


November 14, 2007  10:06 AM

Riverbed strikes back

Dave Raffo Dave Raffo Profile: Dave Raffo

 Riverbed is going on the offensive in its patent lawsuit infringement battle against Quantum by filing its own claim against the backup vendor. In response to Quantum's patent infringement suit filed...


November 13, 2007  9:47 AM

Tech’s tangled Web in China

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert in international politics. That said, let me dive right in to that subject. We know this much is true: China is a force in the world to be reckoned with, and that only becomes a trickier proposition with every passing day. Because while we enjoy...


November 13, 2007  9:43 AM

Google’s millionaire masseusse

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Imagine you're a down-on-her-luck new divorcee looking to get back on her feet. The year is 1999. You manage to find a job as an in-house masseusse at a little Silicon-Valley dotcom startup for $450 a week and stock options for a company nobody's really heard much about yet.

Eight years...


November 8, 2007  3:40 PM

Bandwidth of station wagon on New Jersey Turnpike fails real-life test

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Some people will do anything to avoid data migration. You can't inhabit the storage industry for longer than a week without becoming intimately acquainted with how painful data migration is. Whole

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November 8, 2007  3:36 PM

NetApp drives zombie truck in desert race

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

"Boss". Photo courtesy of TartanRacing.org.

Nope, nobody slipped anything into my morning coffee--this did actually happen. NetApp was a member of the...


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