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Storage analyst goes to the Dell Side

The industry’s been abuzz this week with rumors that ESG analyst Tony Asaro is headed to Dell, and today Asaro confirmed that’s the plan. He’s going to join Dell as a director of product marketing; today is his last official day as an analyst.

Asaro said his new role will be in creating Dell’s storage strategy and evangelizing  their storage products (some would say this is the role of analysts in the market today, anyway). When asked why he’s leaving his analyst gig, Asaro said he’s excited by the position iSCSI is taking in the market and Dell’s direction following the $1.4 billion acquisition of EqualLogic in November. In other words, a boilerplate answer.

In fairness, Asaro has focused on iSCSI during his time as an analyst and has been bullish about that market’s future. Maybe he didn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore, watching money roll in elsewhere. In that way, it’s refreshing to see an analyst put his career where his predictions are.

However, he’ll need to be careful to avoid the fate of another former analyst, Randy Kerns, who left the Evaluator Group to become a vice president of strategy and planning at Sun in September 2005, shortly after Sun completed a blockbuster acquisition of its own. Less than a year later, he left Sun, resurfacing in October 2006 as CTO of ProStor Systems.

Still, this news, along with Dell’s acquisition of The Networked Storage Co. in December, will be welcome to EqualLogic users concerned with customer support in the wake of the acquisition. Folding in added storage expertise shows Dell’s at least trying to make the right moves.

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Does your business have a private cloud?
It is all about accounting computing
for facilitating its operation as well as to have control on its resource in addition there is a lot of computing device as well as departments which perform the same task demanding cost

everybody need speed,nobody looking for quality.
We are still in the fase of planning the entire deployment.
I agree with Jack's assessment that a private cloud can benefit a sophisticated end user base. In addition, since a private cloud's implementation is fundamentally about automation, a company can realize significant benefits that free up IT staff from repetitive procedures. There is also of course the primary benefit of delivering IT services on demand, which will make the entire organization more agile.

Mark Jamensky
Executive Vice President, Products
Embotics Corporation
No, currently do not hava a private cloud, but are in the process of evaluating implementing one to support/host solutions for non core business processess
We are need to know more about security
The environment is well managed by IT serving non-IT savvy users. Handling non-IT savvy to be on Private Cloud will create more processes and potential slower delivery.
Too many apps in use at long established organizations whose populations have 'evolved' (or think that they have), are now being patched... Some app 'suites' can patch others out of smooth operation. Virtualization staves off that situation by moving the apps off the workstations.
Everybody needs to speed up on what they're doing ;)
1 - Do you have in-house software developers? If so, the on-demand nature of cloud may benefit them.

2 - Do you frequently update your IT environment (applications)? If so, the automation elements of cloud may benefit them.

3 - Do you have a growing percentage of shorter-lived applications, as opposed to applications that have been around for years and only get occasional maintenance? If so, the on-demand + automation elements of cloud may benefit them.

Otherwise, too many private cloud projects are really just excuses to better document and automate environments for the IT teams. They should be doing that without needing it to be a "private cloud project".