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Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery by Sharon Fisher

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A blog for users, storage solution providers -- including value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators, managed service providers (MSPs) and consultants -- about data storage hardware and software products and services, backup/archiving products and services, disaster recovery, storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS).


Interesting Insights from Video Game Archeology

October 13, 2019 - It’s amazing how much computer scientists of today are learning from the stored data in old video games. As you may recall, a couple of years ago some British researchers went to all sorts of efforts – including baking old tapes in an oven – to read the data from a series of text-based adventure...... READ MORE


  • SIPOC diagram


    A SIPOC (suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers) diagram is a visual tool for documenting a business process from beginning to end prior to implementation. Continued…

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    “Two tools are useful when doing a value stream map: a SIPOC (suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, cus…READ MORE

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  • Getting A Foot In The Door In Europe

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    Had some very interesting conversations in the past few weeks with a number of US-based vendors across primarily the security and optimisation sectors, with one commonality – established in the Americas but significantly less so in UK/EMEA.

    The other issue for these companies currently lies in th…READ MORE

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  • Calling the odds

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    I’ve had some interesting conversations recently with Professor Fred Piper regarding risk probability. The discussion started because I was concerned about assessments of risk probability, as one might routinely use to populate a risk heat map or risk register.

    What’s the problem? For me, it…READ MORE

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  • What does an IT person do? Answers from around the globe

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    The holiday season is fast approaching, when IT and DevOps professionals around the world answer a perennial question at the family dinner table: What does an IT person do?

    While you might only face down this puzzled, “But what does an IT person do?” question at Thanksgiving or a particularly chi…READ MORE

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  • Currents - Talking Data End-of-Year Podcast 2018

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    In this end-of-the-year edition of the Talking Data podcast, Senior Executive Editor Ed Scannell joined me to speak with Mike Matchett, founder and principal analyst of the Small World Big Data consultancy, as we rambled through some of the signal events of big data in 2018.

    Mergers and acquisiti…READ MORE

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  • Setting out the target for diversity

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    GUEST BLOG: As companies continue to face an enormous digital skills gap, Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of WISE, the campaign for gender balance in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), calls on industry leaders to set targets to increase representation of women in tech in this contr…READ MORE

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  • The Trending Store, a data-led retail popup

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    A new popup store has opened in Westfield London to use data collected from social media to sell only products that are trending in real time.

    By partnering with tech firm Nextatlas, the store will track over 400,000 accounts across the internet known for being early trend adopters or innovators …READ MORE

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  • 'Gen V' attacks: The next cybersecurity problem?

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    In a recent online presentation, Check Point Software Technologies founder and CEO Gil Shwed stated that “we are at an inflection point” when it comes to cybersecurity.

    Shwed’s statement came on the heels of Check Point’s release of its 2018 report that found 97% of surveyed companies were unprep…READ MORE

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  • Is Kubernetes the new OpenStack?

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    This past week at the CNCF’s KubeCon event in Barcelona, the attendance was 7700+ attendees, the most in the event’s history. Based on the open source Kubernetes project, which celebrated it’s 5th anniversary, many thought leaders have begun to identify it as the operating system of the cloud.


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  • Effect vs. affect; amorous cats

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    Which is correct?
    A manager’s level of emotional intelligence _______ the entire office.
    a. affects
    b. effects

    Answer: a

    As a verb, affect means to influence. Effect, as a verb, means to cause or to bring about. A manager’s level of emotional intelligence definitely influence…READ MORE

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  • Predictions for Edge Computing in 2019

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    Edge Computing Image via Adobe

    By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)


    Edge computing is the future of the cloud, and it’s the ecosystem in which all future devices will operate and within which they’ll engage with users and each other to optimize our lives 24×7.


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  • A review for “CCDE The Practical Guide.”  

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    When it comes CCDE certification preparation, unlike CCIE exams it’s hard to get instant gratification as CCDE certification happens to be theoretical and one certainly will not be engaged in configuring the real gears.  

     Often those who come from hands-on experience find it hard to measure th…READ MORE

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  • Parsing the Iaas and PaaS divide for microservices

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    By Alan Earls

    Infrastructure as a services (IaaS) and platform as a services (PaaS) are both potential deployment paths for microservices. But there are big differences, and picking the right path for your project or organization involves a range of tradeoffs.

    The problem with PaaS is that it …READ MORE

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  • 5 questions to ask about open data centers

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    Editor’s note: In this opinion piece, industry analyst Zeus Kerravala shares his thoughts on open data centers and Extreme Networks’ approach. Extreme Networks is a client of Kerravala’s ZK Research, a consulting firm based in Westminster, Mass.

    Open is an overused word in the networking industr…READ MORE

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  • Dodging a Data-Driven Debacle

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    Volkswagen alerts us to missing ethical thinking in the otherwise powerful concept of data-driven business. Thanks Guys!

    One of the most intriguing examples of being supremely data-driven came recently from, of all places, the automobile industry. I refer to the emissions-rigging escapade of …READ MORE

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  • Ikigai: Finding your life's purpose


    Ikigai is a Japanese word and concept that roughly translates as the reason for one’s life.

    Author Anthony de Mello wrote about the concept in his book Taking Flight. De Mello wrote about exploring your responses to the four elements in the diagram below. He said that where all four overlap is ik…READ MORE

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  • Unstructured data is a misnomer

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    Nowadays, the term unstructured data pops up everywhere. It owes its popularity for a large part to the success of big data, to successful technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop, and to formats such as JSON and XML. Unfortunately, different definitions for unstructured data exist. All these different…READ MORE

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  • Time is up for vSphere 5.5 users: Upgrade or pay to stay

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    LAS VEGAS – A large portion of VMware customers face a decision as the end of support for vSphere 5.5 draws near: Risk foregoing commercial support and security updates or pay up for a 12-month support extension.

    With just a couple weeks left until the Sept. 19, 2018 deadline, organizations are…READ MORE

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  • Warning: Password policy reaction may offend (Humor)

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    A friend of mine recently had to inform his staff of a new password policy requiring all of the following: Upper and lower case letters, a number, a special character, at least 12 characters in length and had not been used in the last six months. Someone sent him this meme in reply:

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  • Will EMC deal give Dell an edge with data center infrastructure?

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    Announced in October, Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC is likely to disrupt the status quo for both companies– but what does Dell stand to gain from the purchase?
    As a traditional server hardware vendor, Dell seems to be angling to take a bigger piece of the hybrid cloud and data center infrastructu…READ MORE

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