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  • The impact of the 'Internet of Things' on corporate IT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad concept plotting to make vast amounts of the physical world interactive, IP-enabled, and ?smart?, according to Forrester Research analyst Andrew Rose.

  • Storage virtualisation

    Server virtualisation places significant new demands on traditional storage, says Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. ?The standard storage architecture was originally designed for monolithic mainframes?not the abstraction and pooling of resources.?

  • A first look at Windows 8 - the OS for everything

    The first public beta for Windows 8 is expected to be released in February, but we've been testing pre-beta code in our lab. Our overall impression is that Windows 8 represents an aggressive effort by Microsoft to deliver a single OS that runs just about everywhere and takes on all of Microsoft's key rivals.

  • Five ways you can extend your current storage gear

    Recent flooding in Thailand has affected many hard drive manufacturers, resulting in price hikes for hard drives of as much as 50 to 100 percent. How long this will last is unclear, but in the meantime, you can postpone new purchases of storage gear by implementing these methods to help reduce unnecessary files, reduce the space used on the system, and allow for expansion with existing systems.

  • Getting the most out of flash storage

    Over the past few years mainstream enterprises have been turning to NAND flash storage to boost speed and decrease latency, but some vendors still produce products that inhibit customers from achieving flash's full potential.

  • A simple guide to thin provisioning

    While provisioning all the capacity of an external disk to a given application, known as full provisioning, ensures the app has plenty of growth potential, it results in poor utilisation rates, a costly problem that can be addressed with thin provisioning technology.

  • Private cloud builders need to prepare for problems

    When cloud computing became a topic of discussion a few years ago, public clouds received the bulk of the attention, mostly due to the high profile nature of public cloud announcements from some of the industry's biggest names, including Google and Amazon. But now that the talk has turned into implementation, some IT shops have begun steering away from public clouds because of the security risks. Data is outside the corporate firewall and is basically out of their control.

  • Are storage admins getting automated out of their jobs?

    With their Fibre Channel mastery and a personal fiefdom of equipment, protocols, and activities that nobody else touches, storage administrators enjoy a unique degree of job stability. But now there's a crop of new storage automation technologies that promise to change the way these IT professionals do their jobs and may even require them to (gasp!) share control of the storage kingdom.

  • Guide to SAN and NAS virtualisation

    How storage virtualisation technologies allow you to keep pace with ever-increasing storage requirements while maintaining high availability and service levels

  • Windows 7 will drive virtual desktops, virtual iPhones

    VMware, Citrix and smaller rivals believe that Windows 7 will be a major catalyst for desktop virtualisation, though customers still have management questions.

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