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53% growth for storage sounds bigger than most IT budgets. #Versastack from #Cisco & #IBM can help http://ow.ly/PRkMR #SoftwareDefined
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Why is #softwaredefined redefining the economics of storage? Consider some of thoughts in this blog http://ow.ly/NI8p0 #IBMStorage
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Protect – Crash Diet for Your Data Protection Budget http://ow.ly/2XfZ6u
My career in storage started back in the late 1980's when the IT world revolved around the computer system and everything else was considered a sub-system (I guess in some ways that made me a sub-a...
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Virtualize – Traditional SAN Storage at Twice the Efficiency http://ow.ly/KatzW #IBMStorage #softwaredefined
There’s a great deal of buzz these days around newer cloud, mobile, social, analytic and Big Data workloads whose storage requirements are causing IT managers to re-think storage infrastructure. Bu...
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Watch the #IBMStorage one-two punch on #theCUBE @tjamieibm & @zoginstor. Next the right cross http://ow.ly/JJpZL #softwaredefined #flash
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Scale – Built For Efficiency, Optimized For Speed http://ow.ly/2V4iwD
The pioneers in the cloud movement have blazed a new trail when it comes to physical infrastructure. I briefly discussed their Pets vs Cattle approach in my post Introducing IBM Spectrum Storage – ...
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New on The Line: She’s engaged! A Daddy’s Perspective - He said Will you? She said Yes!! Now they have a hashtag. #PracticallyPennington Some of you reading this post have already experienced giving away your daughter so you know exactly what I’m feeling right now. Others are parents or parents-to-be of younger children so listen carefully :-) Just over 21 years ago this little life was conceived and 9 months later I got to hold her for the first time.  The emotions, th... http://ow.ly/2ZA7OT
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Archive – Ultra-low Cost Storage for Regulated Business http://ow.ly/2YIr7q
In my last several posts on members of the IBM Spectrum Storage family, I’ve talked a lot about the growth in data that is forcing IT managers to think differently about storage. Much of the data g...
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Control – Intelligent Analytics for Managing Storage http://ow.ly/2WQVz3
There is a lot that gets said about the huge data growth IT managers face both from traditional workloads we have all grown up with and from new generation workloads like mobile, social, big data a...
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New on The Line: IBM Spectrum Accelerate – Enterprise Storage in Minutes http://ow.ly/2VqKlf
For years, enterprise datacenters have been dominated by traditional disk arrays, things IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker would categorize as High-end and Midrange disk. Now, ...
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Watch the #IBMStorage one-two punch on #theCUBE @tjamieibm & @zoginstor. First the jab http://ow.ly/JJp09 #softwaredefined #flash
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This ESG instagraphic helps clear up some of the confusion surrounding the term 'Software Defined Storage' to help make more informed decisions
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I manage the product managers and portfolio of IBM's Software Defined Storage and OpenStack offerings, both software and as-a-service. I'm an adoring husband, proud daddy, author of The Line blog, and imperfect but redeemed.

I am in my 28th year in IT having spent the majority of my time in the storage industry. I've held positions as both a consumer and a peddler and in roles spanning from administrator, to thought leader, to strategic planner, to senior manager. My perspectives are my own.