Solving the IO Blender Effect with Software-Based Caching

First, let me explain exactly what the IO Blender Effect is, and why it causes a problem in virtualized environments such as those from VMware or Microsoft’s Hyper-V. This is typically what storage IO traffic would look like when everything is working well. You have [...]

The Gartner Cool Vendor Report in Storage Technologies: Vanity or Value

We all like lists that rank who is cool, best in class or top score in a buyer’s guide. Every year, Gartner releases their prized "Cool Vendor" selection. But is it just vanity for the vendor selected or is there actual, tangible value to the [...]

When Dave Cappuccio of Gartner Speaks, People Listen

As others entered the stage, there was perfunctory applause. However, when Dave entered a roar of applause erupted, and the event ground to a halt for several minutes. Sitting in the audience at Gartner Symposium 2013 over the next several days I saw this reaction [...]

The Real Meaning of Disruption

Disruption is a popular word these days. Is it the replacement for innovation, which we’ve overused into pointlessness over the past ten years? Maybe, but disruption means more: it carries the weight of shaking up the status quo—of not only creating something new—but creating something [...]

Mad Men, Awesome Chairs, and a Pretty Big IT Problem

Next month Mad Men returns to AMC for its final season. I'll miss it. The show had some great character development, terrific dialogue, and cool cars. But the set design! Oh the set design. I'm a fan of mid-century modern—the sharp angles, clean lines, and [...]

V-locity version 5 – The Director’s Cut

As you know, we just released V-locity version 5. Here’s the director’s cut.We committed a slew of engineers to several months of development to build an enterprise-class management console for V-locity. In a world where a couple developers with a few pizzas can create a [...]

V-locity version 5 – The Director’s Cut

As you know, we just released V-locity version 5. Here’s the director’s cut.We committed a slew of engineers to several months of development to build an enterprise-class management console for V-locity. In a world where a couple developers with a few pizzas can create a [...]

Announcing V-locity version 5

 “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” - Bruce LeeRemoving the nonessential is a key element of simplicity and efficiency, yet it is deceptively difficult to accomplish. We need reminding. And then more reminding.When I get too caught-up [...]

The Student Enrollment Blues

It was a bad day for Steve Bettoni, Tech Support and IT Procurement Officer of Stockport College. Steve is responsible for the infrastructure that supports the college's enrollment apps, SAP, and Exchange, so you can imagine his level of anxiety on enrollment day—the busiest day for [...]