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In case you missed it, Oracle has a ten million dollar challenge (here, here and here) to prove that their servers and database software technologies are 5 times faster than IBM. Up to 10 winners open to U.S. Fortune 1000 companies running an Oracle 11g data warehouse on IBM Power system. Offer expires August 31, 2012 with configuration terms. See this URL for official rules: http://oracle.com/IBMchallenge. Click here to view entry form or click on form below. Taking a step back for a moment, if you forgot or had not heard, Oracle earlier this summer had their hands slapped by the US Better Business Bureau (BBB) National Advertising Directive (NAD) over performance claims and ads. IBM complained to the BBB that unfair marketing claims about their servers and database products were being made by Oracle (read more here). Not one to miss a beat or bit or byte of dat... (more)

Here’s What NOT Using Cloud Storage Is Costing You

It’s no secret that doing nothing is often considered a safe bet. The psychology behind inaction is well understood, particularly in the case of IT — the path of least disruption is usually maintaining the status quo rather than trying something new, But once in a while, a decision of inaction can prove very costly. For instance, would you ignore leaky plumbing in your home? Barring any flooding or damage, there may not be much urgency to act — perhaps until the water bill arrives, at which point you experience a change of heart. But what if the leak preexisted before you moved ... (more)

Data Storage Corporation Creates Board of Advisors

GARDEN CITY, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/05/09 -- Data Storage Corporation (OTCBB: DTST) announces the creation of a Board of Advisors. Comprised of individuals well known in their respective fields, the new Advisory Board will provide Data Storage Corporation's governing body with their expertise and consultation in several areas, including strategic long term planning. "We are extremely fortunate to have such amazing and talented individuals join the Data Storage Corporation team. We look forward to working with the Board Members, and taking advantage of their skills and knowledge,... (more)

Moving to the Cloud: Managing Your Environment

Cloudonomics Journal This post is part of a series examining the issues involved when moving applications between internal data centers and public clouds. One of the advantages of cloud computing is that someone else is managing the infrastructure – including the servers, network devices and storage systems, not to mention the data center power conditioning, cooling and fire suppression equipment.  One of the costs of offloading this infrastructure is that the cloud becomes something different and separate from your data center.  In most deployments today, the cloud is almost com... (more)

Practical Email Optimization and Archiving Strategies

Given the popularity of email and diverse ways that it is used for managing various forms of unstructured data attachments including photos, video, audio, spreadsheets, presentations and other document objects, there are corresponding back end challenges. Those back end challenges including managing the data storage repositories (e.g. file systems and storage systems) that are used for preserving and serving email documents along with enabling regulatory or compliance mandates. Email archiving is an important enabler for regulatory compliance and e-discovery functions. However ... (more)

EPA Energy Star for Data Center Storage Draft 3 Specification

The U.S. EPA is ready to release DRAFT 3 of the Energy Star for data center storage specification and has an upcoming web session that you can sign up for if are not on their contact list of interested stake holders. If you are not familiar with the EPA Energy star for data center storage program, here is some background information. Thus if you are interested, see the email and information on the next page, sign up and take part if so inclined as opposed to saying that you did not have a chance to comment. Dear ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Manufacturer or Other Interested Pa... (more)