Can you really claim storage will transform the future?

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“This changes everything,” is a claim we hear daily from IT companies and their PR people. Once in a decade or so, something comes along that does actually change everything.

I don’t know if EMC’s virtual storage vision is really going to be it, but I do know that this blog post by Chuck Hollis is the most thought provokign thing I have read in a while. He takes the cloud model and applies it to the concept of “storage federation”.

The aim, he says , is to:

“separate storage workload from physical storage media. And the real impact of global storage federation is to separate storage workload from geographical location.

And, if we step way back and reconsider a key aspect of the private cloud model -- the progressive pooling of resources inside, across and outside of datacentres, you can see why we think this is a fundamental enabling technology.”

Hollis implies that the technical problems – of latency and much else – are well on their way to being solved. We will see about that, meanwhile give his post a read.

There is plenty of good stuff on ComputerworldUK.com today, including the latest update on the Digital Economy Bill. Opponents this could be rushed through the House of Commons hidden by the inevitable row about next week’s budget.

US military plotted revenge on Wikileaks is a warning about disinformation, among other things.

PCs wasted due to software bloat offers a green take on poor programming. While the brain drain at Sun continues with XML co-inventor Tim Bray joining Google.

Gartner’s warning that Virtual servers could be your weakest link is worthy of consideration.

Finally, as Trevor McDonald used to say, can you build a server as quickly as these guys?

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