HCI Living on the EDGE

Strategic Storage Solutions began in 2002 with a vision of bringing “Enterprise Class” solutions to the SMB space. The challenge was that the Small to Medium Business was not really a defined market, but rather simply an exclusion of a large population of businesses that the enterprise vendors were not servicing – primarily due to […]

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What is a Purpose Built Object Storage Appliance?

I continue to look into object storage solutions that I feel are appropriate for the small to medium enterprise market space across all vertical markets. In this space object storage brings some significant and relevant value as it relates to its utility. The utility is realized when the object storage is deployed to address unstructured […]

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The Explosion of Companies Producing Video and the Transition to 4K Driving a Refresh of the Entire Video Technology Stack

After two full days spent in the NAB exhibit halls talking with storage vendors, a couple dynamics driving product strategies were clearly in play. The first dynamic is the dramatic increase in the number of companies producing, storing and archiving video. The other dynamic in evidence is how the transition away from analog and standard definition to digital high definition—specifically 4K—video has driven a refresh of the entire video technology stack.

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Cloudmark Claims Half Million Dollar Prize Using All-flash Memory Storage Array

Over the last few years all-flash memory storage array providers have made many claims about the cost savings that all-flash arrays provide. Examples include lower operating costs, faster performance, smaller data center footprints and acceleration of server virtualization and consolidation efforts. Now those claims are turning into proof points. In a recent conversation with Cloudmark’s VP of Operations, Ryan White, he explained how Cloudmark implemented the Nimbus Data Gemini all-flash array and was able to claim a half million dollars in annual savings as the prize.

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Meritocracy is Technical Skills Backed by Enthusiasm for the Work; Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard, Part VI

Open source has done a great deal to give those individuals who have high levels of technical skills access to the same code bases and other professionals that once were the exclusive domain of high tech companies. But the concept of meritocracy goes well beyond just technical skills. This sixth and final entry in our interview series discusses Jordan’s thoughts on how meritocracy really works and how it has helped to elevate those who live and work even in remote parts of the world to the same status of those who work for large companies.

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The Enterprise Storage Benefits Derived from Working at Home and in the Open Source Community; Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard Part IV

Most businesses fail to grasp and/or cannot map how they benefit if their IT staff does development for the open source community or even at home. That is not an issue with iXsystems as it openly encourages its developers to engage in storage development both at home and in the open source community. In this […]

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Integrated Backup Appliances that De-emphasize Cloud Connectivity

The cloud seems to pervade every conversation around computing these days. However not all organizations are as enamored with the cloud as analysts and the press would lead us to believe. If anything, there is a sizable contingent of organizations that are fairly adamant about keeping their data out of the cloud and behind their corporate firewall. This is why, as DCIG prepares to release its forthcoming Buyer’s Guide on Integrated Backup Appliances, that it specifically de-emphasized cloud connectivity.

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DCIG Q1 2014 Buyer’s Guide Publication Schedule

It’s an exciting time to be part of the DCIG team. As DCIG’s President and Lead Analyst, Jerome Wendt, mentions in his “Growing and Growing and Growing…” blog entry at the beginning of this month, DCIG has seen a tremendous boom in the popularity of its website and Buyer’s Guides.

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