Day One Highlights

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-09-19 Print this article Print

Day One highlights Highlights of opening day included keynotes by EMC vice president of development Mark Lewis, who is astute at framing the pain points and solutions noted above and explaining what enterprises must do to address them; and storage industry analyst Arun Taneja, whos been researching this sector about as long as anybody else and has deep insight into trends within the genre.
Lewis, fast becoming a legitimate spokesperson for the whole of the storage industry, said that the IT industry in general needs to change from an "OS- and platform-centric industry that is static and procedural" into one that is "service-oriented, dynamic, Web-based and with virtualized management," so that work flow gets accomplished as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
Lewis said he sees four key pillars of this new infrastructure:
  • a flexible, tiered infrastructure
  • intelligent information management
  • "orchestration" of IT (not management)
  • information-centric security
"What I mean by orchestration is this: If Im conducting an orchestra, I dont have to know all the details about playing each instrument," Lewis said. "All I have to know is the right beat that everyone will play to. I dont need to manage each instrument; I just need to lead them." An IT "orchestrator," Lewis said, will connect the needs of his or her business with the information and the regulatory straps that bind it. At last count, Lewis said, there are more than 20,000 information-based regulations in effect worldwide. "You do this with intelligent management," Lewis said. "The applications we now have are all so unique to each other, that information is still trapped behind those singular apps. "Microsoft has the right idea in [forthcoming] Office 12: Theyre saying, were no longer going to have binary files. Word docs will be able to be displayed on browsers; they can interact in a whole new way. [EMCs] Documentum also does this, it can search, classify, move, etc., documents anywhere. This is what businesses will need when dealing with all those regulations." As companies begin to realize they will need to consolidate their IT storage and administration in order to gain better control and lower costs, they will need to look into tiered infrastructures and virtualization, Lewis said. "You can unlock the services from the physical restraints by designing a system with those attributes," Lewis said. "When a storage system is optimized for control and cost, then youll have maximum resources available at all times. Creating simple tiers: Thats it; thats the base foundation for good ILM." Lewis admitted that this new simplicity storage strategy isnt exactly simple to implement. "To do this, you need to do end-to-end SLA [service-level agreement]/SLO [service-level objectives] management, cross-domain orchestration, base it on SOA [service-oriented architecture] and know how to get it all up and running. Not a lot of people have done this so far," Lewis said. Lewis couldnt resist a dig at one of EMCs biggest competitors. "Nobodys ever done an end-to-end deployment of [IBMs] Tivoli—its just not done. Its not possible. Just ask someone." Lewis is also a bit concerned about IT security in general. "Weve focused on the wrong thing," he said. "We used to think all we need is a strong wall. But you have to put holes in the wall eventually; you have customers, and employees, and its not foolproof. Were finding a high percentage of security issues come from the inside, not the outside. "When you call your bank and want to take your money out, for example, they ask you your mothers maiden name. Well, I dont know about you, but I havent worked too hard making my mothers maiden name a secret," Lewis said. "What kind of security is that?" Next Page: Taneja talks.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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