SHOW ME THE MONEY!

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In the movie “Jerry Maguire,” there is a scene where Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) a career limits aware football star, is driving his agent, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) to get him the best financial deal he possibly can on his contract renewal because he inherently understands that it may be his last contract! In that scene, Tidwell is pushing Maguire to get the team to “Show me the money”…

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It’s about the mice …not the trap!

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The old adage “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” doesn’t exactly ring true in IT! Those of us that live in the IT world are so enraptured by technology we forget the simple truth of business. It is about providing solutions to business problems. Like the mousetrap that is the means to an end or said more directly- gets rid of the…

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Data Optimization: Enabling IT Value

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Every business measures the value of each functional area in one form or another. Products, development, support, sales, marketing and the list continues, each deliver a value to the business. Information Technology at times appears to be a pure expense line. Yes there is a service provided and yes there is an infrastructure delivered but, does IT deliver a business value that can be measured in dollars and cents? In…

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Albireo: Stores More – Costs Less

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Information storage has become the Achilles heel of business and its IT arm. While the dilemma of recovery hangs over the heads of most corporations, information continues to grow at 50% to 70% or more per year and is becoming the albatross following the corporate ship that just never seems to go away. A recent Gartner User Survey (October 2010) ranks data growth as “the biggest data center hardware infrastructure…

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BIG DATA It just may save your business …If you can afford it

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In my last 3 posts I have addressed data growth, IT budgets and Storage Costs and Data Affordability. Data Optimization is emerging as the enabler to drive economic recovery through its ability to significantly improve storage and data efficiency and deliver IT budget relief. Today’s Data Optimization is delivering performance and scalability that was not available in earlier generation data deduplication solutions. The result of this efficiency is that performance…

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The Data Affordability GAP Widens – Year by Year

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In my last two blogs I reviewed data growth, IT budgets and storage efficiency. These are all inter-twined as we look toward economic and business recovery. The key in all this is “can we afford the data growth?” and if not, what can be done to lessen the impact as businesses drive toward recovery and financial health. Let’s look at some of the facts that have been discussed: Data will…

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Cherry Garcia and Deduplication

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Deduplication (data optimization) is a hot topic these days because its promise to reduce storage consumption and its associated costs is compelling to today’s high data growth businesses. Impact on IT budgets, CAPEX and OPEX as a result of applying dedupe in primary and/or secondary tiers of storage can be substantial! Lost in all the hype is the fact that there are as many flavors of dedupe as Ben &…

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NOT in the Read Path or ‘Performance Matters’

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In Mike’s Blog a couple of weeks ago, ‘Get Out of My Way’, he accurately portrayed our Albireo offering as ‘not in the read path’.  In primary storage implementations, it’s critical to ensure the most efficient access to data. ‘Out of the read path’ has been one of our key messages that bear repeating because it’s so significant. Albireo is embedded in the storage vendors stack so we have been…

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Why ‘The Summer of 2010’ changed the storage landscape…

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Usually summer is a time for reflection and sun tanning at the beach. From a business perspective things tend to slow down a bit while each of us takes a second breath and spend some quality time with our families away from the business side of our lives. There is usually not much industry news few ‘big deals’ occur that were not already in play. Technology shift announcements are typically…

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2010 Predictions

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The 2008/2009 years saw rapid expansion and adoption of some key technologies such as deduplication, virtualization and cloud. Each has been fodder for the industry analyst communities and the technology press that have called each a new frontier and the savior of the IT budget! In fact, each is helpful and each has been impactful. However, they are at the early stages of their lifecycle and broad adoption is still in the future. Albeit near future in some cases!

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