Randy Kerns is a partner at Evaluator Group, Boulder, Colorado, and is responsible for storage-area network and network-attached storage analysis and education, as well as company and product strategies.
Prior to joining Evaluator Group, Randy was the chief technology officer at ProStor; vice president of storage strategy and planning at Sun Microsystems; led the engineering organization in designing disk and tape systems for mainframe attachment at IBM and StorageTek; and designed disk systems for attachment to open systems and proprietary computer platforms at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers.
Randy has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a master's degree in engineering computer science from the University of Colorado. He has written numerous industry articles and papers and is the author of Planning a Storage Strategy, a book that offers step-by-step guidance on how to build an information storage strategy as part of a larger business process. He most recently authored Information Archiving -- Economics and Compliance, the first book of its kind to explore in depth the archiving of digital information.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions from Randy Kerns
- Data compatibility between ATA and FC
- Windows NAS advice
- Monolithic vs. midrange
- Mixing Fibre Channel and SATA drives
- NAS and disk-to-disk backup
- Is NAS right for our needs?
- SAN and NAS (heads), together at last
- Performance differences between EMC NS500 and NetApp FAS270
- Security issues in NAS backup
- SATA, Fibre Channel and ATA disks on the same array?
- What's so important about the SPC-1 benchmark?
- What do you think about SAN-in-a-box?
- Clariion CX700 vs. Symmetrix 8830
- How to defrag a hard drive on NAS to fix unusual hard drive formatting
- NAS or SAN for data warehousing
- NAS for multiple heterogeneous servers
- SATA as an alternative to serial storage architecture?
- Counterpoint: Why does a SAN access data from the server faster than a hard drive?
- Data warehousing with iSCSI for SQL Server 2000
- Counterpoint: What's so great about block-level access?