Click here to close now.


Blog Feed Post

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 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
  • 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 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
    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
    Panelist - Endpoint Data Management
    Protecting the Perimeter of the Internet of Things
    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 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:

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

    Ok, nuff said


    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

    All Comments, (C) and (TM) belong to their owners/posters, Other content (C) Copyright 2006-2014 StorageIO All Rights Reserved

    Read the original blog entry...

    More Stories By Greg Schulz

    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 and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

    Latest Stories
    We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
    Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
    Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application del...
    The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
    As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
    Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, San...
    PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNu...
    Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
    SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a global leader in monitoring, and testing the performance of online applications, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of DevOps Summit New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City. Catchpoint radically transforms the way businesses manage, monitor, and test the performance of online applications. Truly understand and improve user experience with clear visibility into complex, distributed online systems.Founde...
    In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
    I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
    The revocation of Safe Harbor has radically affected data sovereignty strategy in the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Jeff Miller, Product Management at Cavirin Systems, discussed how to assess these changes across your own cloud strategy, and how you can mitigate risks previously covered under the agreement.
    Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
    Most of the IoT Gateway scenarios involve collecting data from machines/processing and pushing data upstream to cloud for further analytics. The gateway hardware varies from Raspberry Pi to Industrial PCs. The document states the process of allowing deploying polyglot data pipelining software with the clear notion of supporting immutability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Shashank Jain, a development architect for SAP Labs, discussed the objective, which is to automate the IoT deployment proces...
    Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...