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The Key to Marketing – Yes, M-A-M™!

January 28, 2010 5 comments

Okay, so you’ve gotten a better handle on understanding social media, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle – in fact, it’s the last piece. When you are marketing something, be it a new gadget, a service, a solution, or yourself, you must look at the bigger picture. That bigger picture is taking the process in sequence and following through. There are no shortcuts for this, though, so if you’re ready to get started, say “Yes, M-A-M™!” Read more…

Can Apple Compete in the Enterprise?

January 25, 2010 1 comment

Once upon a time Apple had an incredible opportunity to play in the data center space. When the XServe RAID came out not only was it beautiful to look at (something you don’t normally think about when it comes to storage) but as a low-cost, Tier-2 or -3 array it made a very popular splash. At one point (in terms of TB shipped), Apple was the 4th largest storage vendor in the world.

Now, however, it’s a different story. The industry has changed drastically, the players have shifted and converged, and Apple is restricted in playing in the data center sphere where it once had promise (no pun intended). While it’s sort-of-in, sort-of-out at the moment, it doesn’t have to be that way. Apple could once again play a significant role in the Enterprise space… by breaking itself apart. Read more…

Cable Reduction Makes FCoE a Good Thing™

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

EMC storage guru Dave Graham did a quick video of the cable clutter in his lab. Great visual as to why cable consolidation and convergence is needed.

Why FCoE Is a Good Thing…
— This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure. A couple of things you’ll notice here are:
a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it […]

Nethra’s Answer to FCoE – FastPipe?

January 15, 2010 1 comment

Okay, so I confess. I hadn’t heard of Nethra either; it’s a semiconductor company focused on delivering imaging and video solutions for broadcast, medical, and surveillance markets. So why did they announce a release of networking and storage products competing directly with FCoE? Read more…

Moving to FCoE

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The appeal of an all-FCoE data center is obvious. Reduce complexity in the data center, reduce the physical assets, reduce the operating expenses (huge power savings potential), very little learning curve, familiar tools. Pretty soon it starts sounding like a no-brainer. But that isn’t the end of the story; it’s just the beginning.
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Brocade and Cisco agree on FCoE detail

January 4, 2010 1 comment

In the not-so-Wild West of FCoE standards negotiation, the two big switch juggernauts – Cisco and Brocade – agreed to a compromise that will affect the way that traffic moves across networks. The good news is that this was a major obstacle to making FCoE have a chance at becoming a valid contender for networking in the data center. So now we ask, “So what?” Read more…

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