“Live Free or Cry!”…Liberated Data Centers Don’t Cry!

Whether you manage a small business; regional office; mid-size enterprise, or full blown enterprise data center with regional/multi-geo sites…data of all types is exploding and costs are increasing steeply. Storage inefficiencies (from innumerable copies, snaps, back-ups and save sets); constant provisioning; data migrations and fork lift upgrades of … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley October 14th, 2015

In Cyber Space No One Can Hear You Scream

No doubt you fans of sci-fi and “vintage feature films” out there instantly recognize this famous (and hauntingly memorable) movie tagline.  Hint:  For those of you who regard Hollywood movies and horror futuristic science fiction as being alien to your “core” interests or even remote curiosity… Yes, “Alien” was a … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley October 2nd, 2015

ScaleIO: When More is Better…and Less is More!

By now, you’ve no doubt heard how Software Defined Storage (SDS) and hyper-converged server SANs are reshaping the storage industry (and use case) landscape.  Market acceptance continues to grow at an accelerated pace.  There are now many established and new vendors offering hyper-converged storage appliances and SDS systems.   … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley July 23rd, 2015

Software-Defined Storage Marries Enterprise Storage with the Cloud

This blog focuses on software defined storage….the all caps version.   SDS.  Or….by another popular industry term….the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) platform.  SDDC platforms are transforming Data Centers because they can simultaneously marry (ah…some might say integrate) a variety of traditional hardware storage resources, data types and technologies … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley April 10th, 2015

Sizing up Software Defined Storage

By now, you’ve all heard how Software Defined Storage (SDS) is reshaping the storage industry (and use case) landscape. The market gets it and increasingly users are embracing this new, “disruptive” technology by introducing it to their enterprise data centers or using it to create hyper-scalable virtualized infrastructures … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley March 19th, 2015

Hard or Soft Storage? That is the Question and the Answer

There’s lots of press these days on Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC), Server SAN’s, software-only virtual SANs, hyper-converged storage servers, storage appliances and the like. We’ve all been inundated with this new technology and architectural terms by bloggers, marketing mavens, PR, tradeshow signage, consultants, analysts, technology … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley December 15th, 2014

Energize Your Cloud

You’ve been hearing a lot about cloud computing these days. If the many definitions of the Cloud seem a tad abstract and esoteric – you’re not alone. Go to any IT tradeshow or consulting conference and you’ll see liberal references and pictures of the Cloud. Many messages are … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley November 17th, 2014

A Look Back Forward: IT Visions, Miscues, and True Transformations (Said Simply: Ken Olsen Was Right After All!)

Once upon a time, ‘parsecs’ ago in high tech time, there was a computer giant homegrown in the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts founded by an engineering and entrepreneur genius. I’m referring to (of course) Digital Equipment Corporation (aka “DEC”) and wunderkind founder, CEO, President, and paternalistic ‘gentle giant’ … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley October 6th, 2014

“Analyze This”: How Analytics, Pattern Recognition and Software-Defined Storage are Transforming the Datacenter…and Your Life

Pattern recognition! That’s what we carbon-based ‘humanoids’ are good at…since the very beginning when humankind first started walking upright. As a whole, we’re really adept at observing our immediate surroundings, natural environment and a sundry of other random and not so random things. We notice what happens around … READ MORE

Rodger Burkley August 4th, 2014
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