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Spring 2011 Edition (April 26, 2011)

Welcome to the 2011 spring edition of the Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO) newsletter. For those who missed the winter 2011 edition, you can find it and other previous editions here. As with previous editions, this StorageIO news letter contains links to various blog posts, videos, audio, interviews and commentary on IT industry technologies trends and related topics.

The past couple of months have been busy with various projects, research, attending as well as presenting at different events in addition to covering industry activity. Also during the past couple of months time was spent doing some blog posts (see below) along with wrapping up my new book Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC).

Industry activity over the past few months included NetApp announcing plans to acquire the LSI external storage business unit (Engenio) that I discuss in this blog post. Other industry news includes HGST selling its disk drive business to Western Digital (WD) with Seagate and Samsung also doing a deal. Here is a link to a recent interview that I did as part of the countdown to StorageExpo series and a link to the 90th episode of InfoSmack that I was a guest on. There have also been some industry storm clouds involving loss of availability or accessibility to some service providers discussed here. Meanwhile Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) continues to find its legs making good strides from a technology as well as ecosystem maturity standpoint, see some comments here. What about Green IT? Here is a post I did here with some thoughts and perspective of how the New Green IT is about efficiency, effectiveness, working smarter and being more productive to support business concerns.

Speaking of IT Clouds, StorageIO is now a member of the Open Data Center Alliance. The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee of global IT leaders (BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Shell, Terremark and UBS). The steering committee was joined by 60 additional companies at Alliance inception. StorageIO has become a member of the Open Data Center Alliance and encourages others to check them out.

Open Data Center Alliance
The Open Data Center Alliance is comprised of leading global IT managers who are working together to define and promote data center requirements for the cloud and beyond.

Hope you are doing well, look forward to sharing more with you soon as well as catching up at one of the many upcoming live in person or virtual events. Enjoy this edition of the StorageIO newsletter and I look forward to your continued comments and discussions.

Cheers gs

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StorageIO Commentary and in the News

StorageIO regularly provides commentary and industry trends perspectives to press media, journalist, writers and bloggers.

TheStreet: WD buys HGST storage
TheStreet: Seagate buying Samsung Disk business
InfoSmack: Episode 90: Industry Acquisition
BigFatFinanceBlog: Disaster Recovery TOols
CountdownToStorageExpo: Interview with Greg Schulz
SearchDataCenter: HP Virtual Connect and Egenera
SearchSMBStorage: Removable Storage for SMBs
SearchStorage: Seagate SLC and MLC flash SSD
Bizjournals: Code42 and SMB Backup
Channelpro: SMB and the Dedupe Delima
ChannelProSMB: Do Your Customers Need 64-bit PCs?
Channelprosmb: Tape and SMB backups
ChannelProSMB: Sensible DAS Scenarios
ChannelProSMB: Why SMBs need Dedupe
CIOupdate: Cloud computing caveats
Edtechmagazine: Dedupe & data footprint reduction (DFR)
Edtechmagazine: Driving toward SSDs
EnterpriseStorageForum: FCoE Struggles to Gain Traction
eWeek: Awaken to SaaS potential
Infostor: Cluster Storage and SNW
InternetEvolution: Cloud Backup Opportunities
MainframeZone: Storage Management Trends
Serverwatch: Comments on EMC VNX
Smallbusinesscomputing: 7 Storage trends
Smallbusinesscomputing: 5 cheap and easy DR tips
Statetechmagazine: Boosting performance with SSD
StateTechMagazine: Green IT matters

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Out and About Events Update

Several in person as well as some virtual events have been added to the 2011 StorageIO out and about events calendar. To see more out and about activities, visit my blog as well as the events page for a list of current, recent, upcoming as well as new activities to be announced.

11/10/11 Data Center Summit Los Angeles
11/8/11 Data Center Summit Seattle WA
11/3/11 Data Center Summit Denver CO
11/1/11 Data Center Summit Chicago IL
9/29/11 Data Center Summit Minneapolis
Aug 31 VMworld VMworld Las Vegas
8/4/11 Data Center Summit San Francisco
7/28/11 Data Center Summit Houston
7/21/11 Data Center Summit Raleigh
6/28/11 Data Center Summit Boston
6/23/11 Data Center Summit New York City
6/21/11 Data Center Summit Tampa
5/24-25/11 Storage Seminar Netherlands
5/18/11 Virtualization Best Practices Irvine CA
5/12/11 Virtualization Best Practices Chicago IL
5/10/11 Virtualization Best Practices Dallas TX
5/5/11 Virtualization Best Practices New York NY
5/3/11 Virtualization Best Practices Boston MA
4/28/11 Data Center Summit Dallas TX
4/27/11 Smart Cloud Storage 11:00AM ET
4/12/11 Data Center Summit St. Louis MO
4/5-6/11 SNW Attending Santa Clara
3/29/11 Webcast Cloud and Virtual BC/DR Webcast
3/24/11 Webcast Tapes Evolving Role Webcast
3/15/11 Wildfire Grille storage and cloud Eden Prairie
2/10/11 Enabling safe SaaS On demand eSeminar
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