StorOne: Transparent Innovation

Introduction Last month I had the privilege of being briefed by StorOne CMO, George Crump on their most recent announcement around their S1 storage solution innovation.  I know what you’re thinking, what more can a storage company innovate on that we haven’t already seen?  Well, you might be surprised, but before I talk about the…

NetApp Insight: Fabrics, Volumes, Insights & more

NetApp Insight 2018 I had the opportunity to attend NetApp Insight 2018 this year held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.  The theme of the event was #DataDriven, at least that’s what I took away from it.  George Kurian talked about the number of Market Leaders that are #DataDriven from…

Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

How the idea for this blog came about This past weekend my daughter asked, “who invented toast?”  So having a little Cliff Clavin in me, I made up a story of how toast was invented by a gentleman called the Toastmaster General.  When she responded, “really?” I quickly said no but I’m sure it can be found…

Backup to the Future!!

Old times forgotten I’ve been around backup and recovery for a lot of years.  Started as a night time backup operator slinging 288MB (yes megabyte) disk packs, mounting 9-track reel to reel tape (don’t forget to check if it is write-protected) and initiating a copy (backup) on a WANG VS7310 way back in late ’80s….

What is a CTE?

What exactly do you do? It is a question I have been asked more than once, especially after seeing my business card or hear my title, “Chief Technology Evangelist”, mentioned.  Fortunately more and more companies and organizations are becoming familiar with the role of the tech evangelist.  Probably the most well known Technology Evangelist is Guy…

Is innovation still top of mind? Where I believe our industry is headed.

It wasn’t that long ago Apple Computer was started in the Jobs’ family garage, the first Sun workstation was cobbled together with spare parts leading to the founding of Sun Microsystems by  Vinod Khosla, Andy Bechtolsheim, and Scott McNealy.  NetApp’s founders, Hitz, Lau and Malcolm entered the appliance market with its network attached storage solution, competing with…

When one door closes, open all the windows

It is not hard these days to find someone close to you who has lost their job, been reorganized into a different job or who is feeling the pressure whether this quarter will be the quarter they lose their job.  Unfortunately it is a sign of the times and while it is never fun hearing…