New World ILM, Leveraging The Cloud and FAST

Star WarsIn a galaxy far far away (ok, only around 2004/2005) the storage industry was a buzz about “Information Lifecycle Management“.  The principal was quite simple, put information on the right cost of storage at the right time and manage it using policies from the day it’s created to the day we take the preverbial shotgun to it.  In the world of information and storage management, this always sounds a little more simple then the actual practice as there is no “ILM partcode”, rather, it’s a management practice that takes numerous technology pieces working in unison to help us effectively achieve it.

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The Refined Cloud – Bringing Perspective to the Cloudy Cloud

In the past few years, we’ve been getting all kinds of messages of what the cloud is.  If you speak to Google, Amazon, Salesforce.com, EMC/VMWare, IBM and HP, you would have gotten many different versions of “What is the cloud”.  Even listening to guys John Dvorak when he continually moans when Leo Laporte dives into “the cloud”.  Definitions have been heavy and if you aren’t saying cloud, you aren’t cool.  Of course, I have been jumping up and down annoyed with the various marketing “geniouses” (wish I had a way to convey sarcasm here) take on the cloud.  Nothing makes my eyes roll more then the Microsoft Cloud commercials.

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EMC to Bring Documentum to the Hybrid Cloud!

Today at the Momentum conference, Rick Devenuti presented to us their plans of a hybrin-cloud offering.  For those who live the life of Documentum operations, this is very interesting as we all know how much babysitting any enterprise grade application needs and the CAPEX/OPEX costs that come with this.  Documentum itself does  want allot of love and when left without attention does eventually tend to throw its own hissy fits, forget about patching of the operating system and application itself!

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Oracle Database to the Private Cloud! (Really, it’s true this time!)

Traditional Oracle RAC DBOne of the biggest challenges with traditional RDBMS systems is how to make them move into the cloud (and not just into IaaS).  Amazon recently announced that they will be offering an Oracle service but the issue at hand is that ultimately, it’s a pure IaaS service.  Yes, I can either put up my licenses or pay-as-I-go for Oracle, but it’s not quite what I envisioned.  Cloud’s basic principals is to allow data to live everywhere and nowhere, computing can grow and shrink in an elastic nature transparently.

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