Jul 31

In his latest blog post, Michael Hay of Hitachi Data Systems points out that expensive tiers of storage ought to be reserved for business data that generates positive cash flow. By extension, he suggests, non cash-generating applications should be restricted to lower tiers of storage. The logic here is hard to argue with: Why buy expensive infrastructure to support drains on the business?

Hay's argument that lower-tier storage makes more financial sense is interesting, but savings are limited. Any large enterprise IT manager will tell you that the cost of physical hardware (like disk storage systems) is fairly small compared to other IT costs. In fact, a CIO at a major company once suggested to me that the cost of hardware was flat out insignificant: High operational costs form a "glass floor" limiting the effectiveness of cost savings efforts. Saving 50% on the cost of disk drives is nothing when one considers that this line item makes up less than 10% of the total cost of ownership for enterprise data storage!

With this in mind, one could easily look at Hay's argument and ask an "emperor's clothes" question: Why are businesses paying to operate cash-flow negative systems at all? Why buy storage? Why spend time provisioning and managing systems?

Why not cut all these costs off and outsource these applications? Since non revenue-generating applications are a drag on the overall profitability of the business, the cost and effort spent supporting them ought to be cut to the bone and resources (both staff and infrastructure) should be reassigned to core revenue-generating systems. As Simon Wardley demonstrates in this presentation at OSCON '09, common IT systems don't represent a strategic value to the business.

This is easier said than done, however. IT has always faced challenges identifying data under management and understanding the business value of it. Consider the impact of this difficulty on compliance with encryption laws, for example. If IT can't decide which data supports revenue generation, they can't very well move everything else to lower tiers of storage!

But all is not lost. Even if some data is a metaphorical black box, IT often can identify certain application data. Many non revenue-generating support applications are easily spotted and could be rapidly offloaded to lower tiers of storage or outsourced entirely. Risk-mitigation applications like email and file archives are ideal candidates for this shift: They consist of large amounts of data and are easy to locate in the IT storage environment. Why not move these off to a service provider in the cloud and focus on core systems?

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Jul 30

At times, do you think you’re a Superman or Wonder Woman? Pitted in a daily struggle between the IT department and the business units? We all know that IT managers juggle a number of hats and scramble to put out dozens of fires, and truly can be a superhero to their organizations.

But did you ever think about what kind of superhero you are? Where do you rank in the Legion of Superhero’s taxonomy? Are you an IT Wolverine, Green Lantern or Flash?

Take the IT X-Men (or Women) quiz to see if you have the right stuff to be an IT Superhero.

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Jul 30

Rackspace Hosting has gone into the hosted Private Cloud business. It will let customers run a centrally managed VMware virtualization platform on dedicated private hardware in its hosting environment. The company said there’s demand from mid-sized and large enterprises for a more flexible and scalable hosting solution and that its stock-in-trade multi-tenant cloud, while flexible and cost-effective, isn’t right for every segment.

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Jul 30

Surging amounts of unstructured data, regulations that require long retention periods, distributed data in multiple locations, mobile workforce, and surging use of server virtualization have created new demands that are putting IT departments’ ability to meet SLA backup/recovery time and DR objectives at risk.
Published by: BlueArc Corp. and Asigra

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Jul 30

Micron is gearing up its LRDIMM technology, which officials say will give data center servers a 57 percent increase in system bandwidth and three times the memory capacity as current servers using RDIMMs. Driving this need for more memory capacity is the growing use of multi-core processors and such technologies as virtualization, and will become even more important as cloud computing adoption grows. Micron is planning to start mass production of its 16GB LRDIMMs in 2010.
- Micron Technology is developing technology designed to increase server memory capacity and improve performance.
Micron officials July 30 announced it is producing DDR3 LRDIMMs (load-reduced, dual-inline memory modules) that they say will give servers using the technology up to 57 percent better ban…



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Jul 30

Cloud computing is such a fascinating topic because, to anybody who can get enough distance from the marketing hype, it really represents a significant departure from the way the software and the hardware industry have been operating in the last decades. In fact, cloud computing is to the traditional IT industry what the Internet has been to the music and film industry: an unwelcome and very threatening development dictating completely different business models.

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Jul 30

SYS-CON Events announced today that JP Morgenthal, Senior Principal Analyst for QinetiQ North America, will be presenting at the upcoming Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com) this coming October 6th in Washington, DC. His session will be entitled “Protect Your Government Agency with Backend IT Controls.” SOA may be a popular buzzword and talk of actively practicing SOA is spoken of in the same vein as teenage frivolity (”everyone is doing it”), but SOA is actually a delicate

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Jul 30

A few months ago I presented at SysCon’s Virtualization Conference in New York. To anyone who has not been to one of these events I would thoroughly recommend them -good sessions and plenty of interesting conversations to be had in the corridors. My interview with Jeremy Geelan where we discuss desktop virtualization now and in the future has just been published. The video is available here:

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Jul 30

Online businesses can learn about enhancing their customer bases with social media, about complying with Payment Card Industry security standards or about using and selling Comodo security products at www.comodo.com/resources/webinars.

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Jul 30

A virtualization solution from VM6 Software comes with features like rebuild functionality and improvements in the network components layer.
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Virtualization company VM6
Software announced the release of Virtual Machine ex (VM6 VMex) version 2.0 for
remote office and branch locations (ROBO). VMex leverages Microsoft Hyper-V
to create an internal cloud to provision, consolidate, manage and protect all
of the ROBO workloa…



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