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Infinite Storage Possibilities

I've always been fascinated by storage. Not the confusing array of tools. Here's a test: Go to the EMC Web site and see if you understand how each and every tool fits in with each and every other tool. Mirroring, imaging, replication, backup (but not true restore), restore (but not true backup), file level vs. block, NAS vs. SAN. Talk about a confusing array of products -- and I haven't even gotten to the arrays.

What I like about storage is its exponential growth and the exponential possibilities. Nearly unlimited storage opens up a world (perhaps a universe) of possibilities. We could digitize our lives. It would be like a TiVo that records our every movement and sound.

But first we have to make the complex world of storage simple. Make saving simple and retrieving easier. Make finding what you find as easy as coming across what you don't.

For more on this subject, check out last month's Barney's Rubble.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/02/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Wed, May 2, 2012 Nick

Why must everything in computing be simple? Shouldn't someone somewhere know how something works so it can be implemented and managed properly? While some vendors offerings are overly complex and confusing there are some that are more elegant and just work. Making blanket statements like this make you sound ignorant. Stop dumbing down IT.

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