From speaking to many customers, it is clear to me that the data explosion continues unabated and most organisations struggle to cope with the never-ending demand for more capacity. The traditional storage vendor battles have been focused on the “bigger, better, faster” mantra, but I see a need for increased vendor responsibility where our community needs to focus less on performance specs and more on the efficiency agenda. Employing techniques to offer customers real data reduction capability and much better utilization of storage is where the game is at. There is a lot to be done and a lot that can be done!
This week I thought we could explore how things should pan out in the small and medium business (SMB) space. We see a lot of commentary on how big organisations are deploying technology. However, just like large enterprises, small businesses are also experiencing an explosion of data and increasing complexity while often lacking the specialist people to manage their IT infrastructure. After examining the legacy of SMB storage, I think it’s time for a change – to Converged Infrastructure and Converged Storage for SMB. Here’s why
Hello Everyone! I’m Chris Johnson and this is my first contribution to the HP Storage blog. I’ve been in and around the storage industry for nearly 20years and as General Manager for one of the leading vendors, I see there is an absence of real-life, customer-facing commentary regarding the specifics of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) storage scene. Having dedicated my working life to supporting the ‘internet generation’ and helping customers manage the ‘data explosion’, I see big shifts in the storage industry that should be interesting to expand upon (and even more fascinating to provoke insights from the community at large!). I travel around EMEA extensively: every week takes me to a new destination, and I plan to record my storage journeys and experiences as a way of capturing the real trends and shifts in the market, both from a user and a vendor perspective.
So, as a starting point, I want to lay out a ‘State of the Storage Nation’ – somewhere to start the journey together and build some themes that I hope will be both interesting and thought-provoking…
So, today is the day. http://t.co/m9CGIWca
Recently I took my son to a birthday party for a friend who was turning thirteen. The party activity was paintball. This was my first exposure to paintball, and it was interesting. The paintball place was in the woods, and it was played in a makeshift arena that was set up with a kind of fortress at one end at the top of a small hill, and down the hill there were a number of obstacles that people could hide behind. Two teams would go in, with one defending the fortress and the others attacking from the bottom of the hill.