Category: Interviews

SMBs Get Control Over Their Virtualized Environments; Interview with Scale Computing Part V

Companies of all sizes are implementing virtualization. But as they do, small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are in particular finding they are ill-equipped to deal with the levels of complexity it introduces. In this fifth and final part of my interview series with Scale Computing’s Global Solution Architect, Alan Conboy, and its EVP and GM, Patrick Conte, Alan discusses what Scale Computing has done to its HC3 simple for SMBs to introduce and manage virtualization at all layers in their environment.

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Hybrid Storage Makes Storage Tiering in the Virtualized World Irrelevant; Interview with Tegile Systems VP Rob Commins Part III

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of virtualization, the ability for a storage array to deliver performance at exactly the right time is essential. Unfortunately, most tiered storage systems are poorly equipped to respond to these new dynamics. This is where hybrid storage arrays come into play. In this third installment of my interview series with Rob Commins, VP of Marketing at Tegile Systems, we discuss the practical applications of storage and data movement in a virtualized world, how storage tiering falls short of consumer requirements and why Tegile’s hybrid storage is so well-equipped to meet them.

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Eliminating the HDD Exposure Window that Exists in SMBs; Interview with Scale Computing Part IV

Every organization likes more storage capacity at a lower cost per GB. What makes them nervous are the growing risks they face from data loss as a result of a failed hard disk drive (HDD) in their virtualized environment. In this fourth part of my interview series with Scale Computing’s Global Solution Architect, Alan Conboy, and its EVP and GM, Patrick Conte, Alan chimes in as to what Scale Computing has done to eliminate the exposure window associated with failed HDDs.

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The Tipping Point in Going from Hybrid to Flash: Interview with Tegile Systems VP Rob Commins Part II

Hybrid and all_flash memory arrays are arguably the two hottest technologies in storage systems right now. However determining which of these two types of storage arrays is the right one for an organization’s environment is influenced by both cost and production application requirements. In this second installment of my interview series with Tegile System’s VP of Marketing, Rob Commins, we discuss what the tipping point is in going from hybrid to an all-flash memory storage array.

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The Long Term Viability of Virtualization Only Backup Software; Interview with Quest Software SVP Walter Angerer Part IV

As organizations virtualize more of their infrastructure, many face the question, “Use separate physical and virtual backup software products to protect these respective environments or consolidate on one backup platform?” Adding to the difficulty in making this decision is that virtualization_only backup software tends to release new features very quickly to keep up with user demands while having no roadmap to take on the protection of physical environments.

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Austin Convention Center Adds Tablets to Tool Belts on the Exhibit Floor

In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development. Part 5 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on with cloud applications impact on desktop users, tool belts with tablets and how the iPad helped the Austin Convention Center with their Gold LEED certification.

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Austin Convention Center Ditches Laptops and FTP for iPads and Cloud Application Storage

In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development.
Part 3 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on using Apple iPad with Virtual Private Networks (VPN), further information on security and multi-tenant cloud storage, exhibitor services workflow and why FTP is not the right solution for application file, synch and share.

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Austin Convention Center considers New iPad for Camera to Support Facility Incident Application

In this interview series with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore, we are uncovering decision criteria for Apple iPad adoption and Mobile-first application development. Part 2 of this interview covers Mr. Moore’s views on the consideration of operations, exhibitor and attendee mobile applications, security concerns driving FileMaker infrastructure and how cloud application storage can act as a receiver of data sourced from FileMaker databases.

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Austin Convention Center chooses iPads over Android and Considers Cloud Storage for File Synch and Share

Enterprise organizations face the daily challenge of ever-growing needs with their traditional applications. Not only are these needs growing, but they are constantly changing as well, forcing companies to adapt by changing not only their tools but also their systems. Today, I’m talking with Austin Convention Center Database Administrator Jeff Moore about his role in the centers consideration of and adoption of Apple iPads and Mobile-first applications.

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SSD Optimization Techniques that Minimize MLC Flash Deficiencies – Interview Series Part II with WhipTail CTO Candelaria

Today is part 2 of an interview I recently did with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, an emerging provider of SSD storage solutions. In my last entry, he and I discussed one major roadblock to widespread enterprise SSD adoption: the performance penalty incurred by garbage collection. This time, we’ll look at how WhipTail optimizes SSD performance while minimizing the deficiencies of MLC flash.

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