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HP TechDay Updates

September 26th, 2009 No comments

Stay tuned for all HP TechDay Twits on StorageNerve Blog. You will see the twits updating realtime as things are happening at HP TechDay.

Please say tuned for all HP TechDay updates on Tag HPTechDay including the latest blog posts.

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EMC’s Unified Platform and Storage Tiering on GESTALTIT.COM

September 24th, 2009 No comments

Check out the new featured blog post on GestaltIT by myself and Ed Saipetch on EMC’s Unified Platform and Storage Tiering, where we talk about some important next generation features and products from EMC. Also discussion revolves around possibly the direction EMC is moving with their Unified Hardware – Software Platforms and Storage Tiering using next generation technologies like FAST.

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Featured on IT Knowledge Exchange

September 24th, 2009 No comments

Thank you IT Knowledge Exchange for selecting StorageNerve as the “FEATURED IT BLOGGER OF THE WEEK“.

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Great proud moment…..displaying the Featured IT Blogger Logo on the StorageNerve Blog.

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True IT – Storage Stories: 2 (Fairy tale)

September 24th, 2009 3 comments

Here comes the fairy tale!!!CIO Storage

Once upon a time, there was a great company and they had great products and they were very successful. They had 1 PB of total storage and they were consistently growing.

The business this company was in, consistently kept on changing, they didn’t. Bad days were ahead.

They kept on purchasing new storage every quarter, until the CIO thought, lets go back and see what have we purchased and what are we using. He got external consultants to walk in there and perform an analysis of their entire storage environment. To the surprise of the CIO and the storage teams, they found that the average utilization on storage across the board for all their storage arrays was about 28%.

They had 70% Tier 1 storage, 20% Tier 2 storage and 10% Tier 3 storage. Average utilization on Tier 1 and Tier 2 was 20% while on Tier 3 was 100%. These consultants showed them how they can re-tier storage, increase efficiency, utilization and further reduce storage footprint in their IT environment through consolidation. A total savings of 10 Million USD over 3 years was proved to this customer using CAPEX/OPEX savings based on where their storage was today. The CIO budgeted of this work to be performed, planned the kickoff in 3 months.

Before the project kicks off, The CIO resigns and leaves. Due to troubled times, the company files for chapter 11 Bankruptcy. A new CIO takes over this position. The project is now stalled, the new CIO realizes that Storage consolidation and optimization is not one of their priorities (10M dollars) and moves on to do other projects while the company is still in bankruptcy.

Lesson Learnt:

Its never too late and never wait too long to realize your savings, put a plan together today on how the organization can optimize, increase utilization, efficiency with the existing storage environments before its too late. Every penny saved goes towards the bottom line.

This company just got sold for pennies on a dollar. By the way, its is an absolutely true story.

Who is the winner here, the CIO, the company, the shareholders, the storage admins, the storage architects, the consultants or someone’s ego?