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February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

By Greg Schulz

Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. Its winter here in North America and specifically in the Stillwater Minnesota to say that there is plenty of snow and cold would be an understatement. However in a few months instead of dealing with -20F or -40F wind chills, it will be 100F head index, thus the saying of if you don't like the weather, either leave or wait a bit as it will change.

In case you missed the December 2013 StorageIO holiday greeting which was in place of the normal newsletter you can view that here. In the absence of the regular December and January StorageIO Update newsletters, this is a larger edition to get caught up. However not to worry as there is more content and items in the wings for March.

2013 wrapped up with a flurry of industry activity including some acquisitions (Avago buying LSI and Seagate acquiring Xyratex among others). Likewise 2014 so far is continuing the momentum living up to the mantra that while there may be economic challenges, there is no such thing as a data or information recession.

Greg Schulz StorageIO
Watch for future posts, commentary, perspectives and other information down the road (and in the not so distant future) pertaining to information and data infrastructure topics, themes and trends across cloud, virtual, legacy server, storage, networking, hardware and software. Also check out our downloads page (Under the resources section on StorageIO.com) for various presentation, book chapter downloads and other content.

Enjoy this edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter and keep in mind, at least here in North America spring is just around the corner with summer not to far off either.

Ok, nuff said (for now)

Cheers gs

StorageIO Industry Trends and Perspectives Industry trends tips, commentary, articles and blog posts
What is being seen, heard and talked about while out and about

The following is a synopsis of some StorageIOblog posts, articles and comments in different venues on various industry trends, perspectives and related themes about clouds, virtualization, data and storage infrastructure topics among related themes.

StorageIO in the newsRecent StorageIO comments and perspectives in the news

SearchSMBStorage: Comments on Lenovo EMC Iomega new SMB NAS products
ChannelProSMB: Comments on what the future holds for HDDs
NetworkAsia: Comments on WORM disk and tape
SeaarchSolidStateStorage: Comments on SSD industry activity and OCZ bankruptcy
EnterpriseStorageForum: Comments on software defined storage
Ironmountain: Comments on storage efficiency in small businesses
PC Today: Comments on best practices
PC Today: Commnets on How to recover lost data
PC Today: Comments on Virtualization 101, understand context which virtualization is used
PC Today: Comments on going paperless
PC Today: Optimize Now - Comments on optimize to improve IT productivity
Processor: Comments on Know Which Emerging Technologies Could Make An Impact
Processor: Comments on Backup Problems - What To Do Before & After Issues Arise
Processor: Comments on Know When & When Not To Replace Servers
Processor: Comments on Enterprise Backup Solutions Buying Tips
Processor: Comments on Server Trends, Technologies Reshape The Industry

StorageIO tips and articles Recent StorageIO tips and articles in various venues

Information Security Buzz: How Secure Is Your Data Storage?
SearchStorage: Bridging the gap: Choosing storage-over-distance network technology 
SearchEnterpriseWAN: Wide area network resiliency best practices 
StateTech: 5 Tips for Factoring Software into Disaster Recovery Plans
BizTech: How to Turn Storage Networks into Better Performers
InfoStor: The Many Variations of RAID Storage

StorageIOblog postRecent StorageIOblog posts and perspectives

  • Server Storage I/O Network Benchmark Winter Olympic Games - Click to read more
  • Removing complexity and cost to drive return on innovation - Click to read more
  • StorageIO data infrastructure links page updated (1,200+ entries) - Click to read more
  • Welcome to Data Protection Diaries - Visit www.dataprotectiondiaries.com
  • Data Protection Diaries series – My data protection needs and wants - Click to read more
  • Until focus expands to data protection, backup is staying alive! - Click to read here
  • IT and data center sustainability, the other convergence zone - Click to read more
  • Lenovo buys IBM’s xSeries server business, what about EMC? - Click to read more
  • Securing your information assets and data, what about storage? - Click to read more
  • Dell Inspiron 660 i660, Virtual Server Diamond in the rough? - Click to read more
  • Book review: Rethinking Enterprise Storage by Marc Farley - Click to read more
  • Some Windows Server Storage I/O related commands - Click to read more
  • IoD, IoT, IoE, IoS, IoP, IoU and IoX are in your future - Click to read more
  • Goodbye 2013, hello 2014, predictions past, present and future - Click to read more
  • Small Medium Business (SMB) IT gains respect, what about SOHO? - Click to read more
  • Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays 2013 from StorageIO - Click to read more
  • Server virtualization nested and tiered hypervisors - Click to read more
  • Remember to check out our objectstoragecenter.com page where you will find a growing collection of information and links on cloud and object storage themes, technologies and trends from various sources.

    Server and StorageIO seminars, conferences, web cats, events, activities StorageIO activities (out and about)
    Seminars, symposium, conferences, webinars
    Live in person and recorded recent and upcoming events

    The StorageIO calendar continues to evolve, here are some recent and upcoming activities.

    March 13, 2014 BrightTalk Business Resiliency (BR), Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) Management Webinar
    9AM PT
    March 12, 2014 BrightTalk Hybrid Clouds – Bridging the Gap between public and private environments Webinar
    9AM PT
    February 18, 2014 BrightTalk Networking with your Servers and Storage - Cloud, virtual and physical environments Webinar
    9AM PT
    January 28, 2014 Backup.U Data Protection for Hybrid Environments 201 Backup.U
    Google+ hangout
    January 23, 2014 DataCenter
    Acceleration
    Building and Managing the Sustainable Datacenter - Driving efficiency, productivity, effectiveness and economics Live chat
    11AM PT
    January 15, 2014 BrightTalk Modernizing Data Protection For Cloud, Virtual and Physical Environments Webinar
    11AM CT
    January 14, 2014 Backup.U Data Protection for Hybrid Environments 101 Backup.U
    Online Webinar
    December 12, 2013 Backup.U Data Protection for Cloud 201 Backup.U
    Google+ hangout
    December 6, 2013
    Code42
    Panelist - Endpoint Data Management
    Protecting the Perimeter of the Internet of Things
    (Replay)
    1PM CT
    Web Based
    December 3, 2013 Backup.U Data Protection for Cloud 101 Backup.U
    Online Webinar

    Click here to view other upcoming along with earlier event activities. Watch for more 2014 events to be added soon to the StorageIO events calendar page. Topics include data protection modernization (backup/restore, HA, BC, DR, archive), data footprint reduction (archive, compression, dedupe), storage optimization, SSD, object storage, server and storage virtualization, big data, little data, cloud and object storage, performance and management trends among others.

    Vendors, VAR's and event organizers, give us a call or send an email to discuss having us involved in your upcoming pod cast, web cast, virtual seminar, conference or other events.

    Thank you to the current StorageIoblog.com site sponsor advertisers

    Druva (End Point Data Protection)
    EMC (EMC Community Network)
    Unitrends (Enterprise backup solution and management tools)
    Veeam (VMware and Hyper-V virtual server backup and data protection tools).

    Contact StorageIO to learn about sponsorship and other partnership opportunities.

    Click here to view previous StorageIO Update newsletters (HTML and PDF versions). Subscribe to this newsletter (and pass it along) click here to subscribe to this news letter. View archives of past StorageIO update news letters as well as download PDF versions at: www.storageio.com/newsletter.

    Thank you for reading this edition of the StorageIO Update Newsletter.

    Ok, nuff said

    Cheers
    Gs

    Greg Schulz - Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
    twitter @storageio

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    Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

    In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

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