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In our latest Storage Media Group weekly podcast, Executive Editor Ellen O’Brien speaks with Senior News Writer Sonia Lelii, fresh off her trip to Dallas for the spring edition of the Storage Networking World (SNW) conference. Sonia gives a first-hand account of the conference– including key cloud user insights, SNW Spring 2012 vendor announcements – and how a Texas tornado impacted this week’s show.
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Assistant Site Editor John Hilliard also stops by and gives a rundown of the most interesting headlines in the data storage blogosphere, starting with cloud startup Opscode’s $19.5 million venture backed round of funding for their Chef software. The software allows IT pros to configure cloud-computing resources and create custom blueprints for their cloud storage infrastructure. Opscode’s Chef already has a client base “in the hundreds”.
Also mentioned is HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito’s take on the challenges presented by virtualizing storage, his tips on building storage architectures and the latest on HP’s 3PAR Peer Motion product’s new VMware integration capability.
For those interested in big-picture storage debates, , Hilliard pointed to a blog post by Martin Glassborow regarding the relationship between the amount of data stored and subsequent costs – with findings that run contrary to what many storage experts believe.
Finally, in some offbeat news, Hilliard references NPR’s story of an Ohio museum aiming to restore a voice-controlled robot from the 1939 World Fair named “Elektro”. The seven-foot robot was an important ancestor of today’s more familiar Siri product.