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What happened to the Storage Industry!!

April 1st, 2010 2 comments

I just woke up……to find a total disarray in the storage industry. Things have changed but what changed, why did it change.  Nothing matches up to my last remembrance.

Did you know….

Chuck Hollis doesn’t work for EMC and is now blogging for TechTarget, his blogs are still so futuristic about the mainframe world and how it will rule the market. Barry Burke on his blog is talking about the benefits of using an iUSPV versus using an iV-Max, and has been named as the top friendliest blogger. Dave Graham is now working for as the chief editor and has taken over the world by his blogs about the next generation AMD processors.

Storagezilla has now become lonely social media voice at EMC, though these days he talks a lot about how to integrate storage platforms with mobile devices. Stu Miniman still blogs occasionally on his blog but has gone to Chair the FCoE Standards committee and now hates social media. Ed Saipetch decided to turn to industry speaking and is amongst one of the leading speaker for Environment Protection.

Chad Sakac decided it was enough with VCE, vArmy, Private Cloud and these days is working hard to built the next generation weapons systems for the Army, though not everyone within the Army is so excited, Chad with his partnerships is bringing some big momentum. Steve Todd finally decided to get into management and left his long legacy with DG, XAM and programming and now doing something…..that he doesn’t want to understand.  Christopher Kusek (CXI) decided to move out of EMC and is now an activist against animal killing….

Wow… for a change….

Vaughn Stewart like Kostadis decided to move out of the Storage – Virtualization industry and these days they work together at a furniture startup. To my surprise, Val Bercovici now works with Chad in his advanced weapons systems design. After the great acquisition of NetApp, Dave Hitz has now moved over to 3Par and is helping build the next storage platform. After all, Alex McDonald decided to move to HP and now works along with Calvin Zito on competitive landscape.

Hu Yoshida decides to quit blogging and these days work along with Barry Burke and Barry Whyte and often talk about the iUSPV platform and how it may change the way we do mobile computing. All the 3 of them are working on designing the next genration platform called the iV-U-S. Claus Mikkelsen still occasionally writes about VM’s and LPar’s on mainframes and still considers HDS platform as the most monolithic architecture, just publically doesn’t accept it.  David Merrill now gave up on the whole idea of Storage Economics and is typically telling customers, always buy more storage for your future needs, TCO, ROI, ROA are not good examples and measures for Storage acquisition.

Marc Farley and Greg Knieriemen started Infosmack Productions and now run a very successful media business (talk shows, comedy, podcast – all storage / virtualization related) competing with the biggest media houses. You can call Marc and Greg at 1-800-INFOSMAC to appear on their podcast.  Stephen Foskett is now an end user managing 10 PB’s of Storage and turned into the biggest critic of storage and virtualization vendors. Every chance he gets he manages to beat up the vendors. Pretty apparent from his blogs, he hates everyone now…

As consolidation hits everywhere and doesn’t spare Storage Monkeys, Wikibon, Backup Central, The Register and GestaltIT, which are today called as and The storage analyst are no more just storage analyst and typically use a “i” in front of their twitter handles, website addresses and company names, showing an integration between storage and “i” products from Apple.

Many Vmware focused bloggers like Duncan Epping, Eric Siebert, Rodney Haywood, Simon Seagrave, Rich Brambley and Daniel Eason now have a big section on their blogs about HyperV, Xen, Amazon S3 and Azure. Scott Lowe’s focus has turned to Cisco and now he writes books on the next generation virtualization engine by Cisco. Marc Farley on the StorageRap blog decides to quit making those Steering Wheel Camera and Check it out videos, but continues to make 3par storage videos while hunting bears.

Storagebod now works for EMC, he has lately become “The Seller of Dreams”. Storage Architect – Chris Evans decided he had enough with the Storage Industry and now works and blogs fulltime for the Wine Industry. Jon Toigo now works at his startup called Toigo Partners on his first project called FunnyToigo designing his first disk array called the OptimizedToigo. Nigel Poulton permanently quits blogging and now works at a Networking startup with Greg Ferro as his boss. GrumpyStorage had enough with the storage industry and now calls himself GrumpyCloud.

Just realized either I am still in my dreams or today is the 1st of April… remember this is a light hearted peak into the storage industry. Which one of these is your favorite….

Staying in touch while traveling abroad

February 23rd, 2010 1 comment


Just an offbeat topic…nothing to do with storage or virtualization, but might come handy if you were traveling outside the US for business. This post may just help you do your business better, help you stay connected to people, give you means to collaborate and provide full access to your information (either corporate or personal) while traveling abroad.


The Pleasure of flying on the A380

Staying in touch

These days it has been quite easy to stay in touch with people here in the US while traveling abroad. Our dependencies are typically around mobile (smart) phones, Wi-Fi connections for laptops and being able to stay connected with family, friends, work and social media.

If you were traveling to the typical G20 nations, things may be easy with connecting back home, but it always presents a challenge. Traveling outside these countries may present a bigger challenge with being able to connect through your fingertips. Some of these challenges would be around finding Wi-Fi hotspots, making international phone calls, staying in touch with social media, etc.


Mobile Smart Phones

One of the best options at least based on what I have experienced in the past 3 years is being able to carry a Verizon Global Phone (e.g. a Blackberry 8830 or a Blackberry Tour or a Blackberry Storm) and subscribe to a Global Roaming plan (which typically includes Voice and Data) and works in about 160 countries around the globe.

With only a fractional addition to your current plan, you will be able to keep the same phone, same phone number, installed apps, address book, calendar, emails and connect back to your Blackberry corporate server, either from a CDMA or GSM network whether be North America or EMEA or Asia Pacific with constant access to your data and voice through your global roaming plan.

To get in touch with you by a person in the US or a person located overseas, its merely dialing your US phone number and all calls independent of where you are, will be forwarded to you through the global roaming capabilities. This feature comes quite handy when you are traveling and you will not need to give 2 or 3 different phone numbers to people that would typically try to get in touch with you.

Though at times in some countries inbound calls on your cell phone may not display the name and number of the caller and may show up as a private number or a blocked number, you are guaranteed to receive all calls.

These days I have also seen the iPhones (AT&T versions) being able to practically do the same with global roaming when it comes to voice, but data plans while traveling are super expensive, which means, you may not be able to upload or download any data to your phone, apps, emails, etc.

Typically with Verizon global phones, as you land at an airport and turn on your cell phone, you get a welcome txt message along with all the prefix numbers that you will need to initiate a call to the US and for any calls locally in country.

Verizon Wireless is able to provide these global roaming facilities through its 45% ownership by Vodaphone a UK based cellular giant.

Again if you have any other options (even outside of Verizon Wireless) to get a global roaming phone, I would highly recommend it. Its just a not very convenient thing to buy cell phones, buy SIM cards, getting them topped with minutes, at times not being able to make calls and foremost staying without a data plan while traveling.


Twitter and other social media apps

If you have an twitter app installed on your phone that allows you to stay in touch with your twitter followers, followings and friends, it should work just fine as you travel from countries to countries or continents to continents.

Other Apps you may want to have on your cell phone may include Weather, Facebook, Flickr, Maps, etc

Again anything that you are known to run on your phones locally in the US, should work while using the same phones overseas.



Though I wonder with China’s Internet policies, would one still be able to browse the content on an international global roaming phone when that phone is locally using the Internet in China to connect to the world?



Not a bad idea to have your family and friends connect to you through Skype while traveling internationally, quite a bit of savings, amazing voice and video quality. So if the laptop you are carrying allows you to install Skype, go for it…

Also install Skype on your smart phones, which will help you make international calls very cost effectively. The latest word I hear as of couple of days ago, Verizon Wireless has given a node to have Skype on all the smart phones that are offered under its plan. That will enable people to make Skype calls locally and internationally.


Internet Connections

Finding free Wi-Fi connections to use in your hotel rooms or lobby is next to impossible. The cost of Internet (physical or Wi-Fi) connections is pretty high in rest of the world. There are times where it’s likely you will not get an Internet connection.  Though I have found that staying with a US based hotel chain typically is a bit helpful when it comes to electronic communications.

If there are a few people that travel overseas from your organization at the same places, it may not be a bad idea to purchase a few USB broadband Internet connections for a monthly fee, which will enable broadband (wireless) access in those countries.



Most of your electronic equipment will just survive fine with using power adapters (verify they are 100v-240v capable & 50/60 Hz capable, which most of them are these days). Best practice carry one adapter and one power extension cord (US) and that will enable you to plug all your US devices with just one international adapter.


Prepare before you leave

Make sure you have things prepared before you leave. For a casual traveler it may be second nature to travel within the US, but traveling internationally does present a few challenges. Verify you have power adapters, power extension cord, mobile global roaming, provisions for Internet connections, apps installed on your phone, etc before hand. It may not be very convenient to go hunting for these things the same day you land after a long flight.



Yea this is where it gets interesting, Internet connections for one day might range as much as 30 to 60 US dollars in some countries, again do not expect it to be free.

Regarding your cell phones, consider the cost of purchasing a new phone, topping the minutes on the SIM, purchasing a SIM card, paying a fee for international calling, not having full access to your contacts, emails, calendar, etc are just a few things to consider.  Not having data plans typically hurt as well.

If you are carrying any cell phone and are not aware if it has global roaming, please refrain from using those, I have heard stories about people being charged USD 10K for using international roaming voice minutes and data kb thinking it was all covered because the phone was working.

Verify with your existing wireless subscriber as to what services are included as part of your global roaming and how they charge for each used minute and each used kb of data in the countries you plan to visit.


Demographics about the country

If you are going to a country for the first time, it may not be a bad idea to read up a few things about that country on Wikipedia or on CIA’s Demographics page.



Sorry, this post is only talking about traveling from the US to other countries, I don’t think I would be able to think of everything that one needs to prepare to come to the US.

Though one thing I would absolutely say, if you are traveling from overseas to the US and need any electronic gadgets or computers etc, it may not be a bad idea to stop by at a FRY’s or BESTBUY or APPLE stores to see if you can purchase them cheaper here.


Disclaimer: I do not own any shares in Verizon Wireless or Vodaphone or FRY’s or BESTBUY or APPLE or Blackberry, neither have I received any free products from them. This blog post is purely based on my experience traveling internationally and what I find convenient to have and necessary to have.

Amidst a few things

February 16th, 2010 3 comments

Just a quick post to all the readers of StorageNerve and GestaltIT.

Big apologies for the lack of posts and comments approval on the StorageNerve blog and absence from the Twitterosphere over the past few weeks.

Feb: Just returned back from business travel scheduled in February. Had some great meetings with our customers and partners in the APAC region.

Went out sightseeing on a quite Saturday to spot some kangaroos. Here is a picture from my blackberry camera.

Kangaroos on a Golf course

Mid Jan: In the month of January enjoyed some time off with my close family and friends in India and attended a few weddings. It was a nice vacation, relaxed time and always good to catchup with friends from high school.

Though walking on the road in Mumbai, India, spotted a $2500.00 (new) car (TATA NANO). Seems this car is making a lot of buzz in India and soon coming to Europe. Though not sure if we would ever see this car in the US.


There are quite a few events that I will be attending in Feb, Mar and April. Look for blog posts relating to those events here. As usual twitter activity and blogging should resume back in the next few days.

In the meantime, appreciate all the feedback, questions and comments from the readers and again thanks for continuing to read StorageNerve.


Happy Holidays to all the Readers

December 25th, 2009 No comments

It’s been really hard to keep up with blogging these days since most of the time spent goes either at work or with family or shopping.

The holiday season is great and the spirits are high.

Somebody put it very nicely……


.The True Spirit of Christmas

Lots of people
crowds everywhere
Rushing and pushing and shoving,
going nowhere.
It’s Christmas time again
Have to get all those things done
hustle, bustle, quickly,
We must beat the sun.
Must get this and must get that
Maybe this nic, maybe that nak
When did it happen?
When did we lose track…
It’s a race, yes it is
We are running, yes we are
But let’s not forget
before we get too far-
What is really important
Doesn’t take much to figure out
Take time to love
and love from the heart.

It is fun seeing all the little kids running around in the house and all the grownups having great time talking about the days when we will little. Santa should be home tonight at the party and will bring over lots of gifts for little kids………

Hope 2009 was great for everyone and 2010 will bring lots of joy and fun.

Again have safe and exciting holidays!!!!

Signing off for the rest of the year……….