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Cyber articles: Threatpost

I’m now writing on all aspects of cybersecurity for the US site, Threatpost.com. The site has a focus on, and strong track record for covering, vulnerabilities and security breaches. But the editorial remit is rather wider: see for example my news analysis piece on Apple’s encryption hardware technology. I’m looking for story leads that would Read More

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Storage 101: structured data

My December article for Computer Weekly will look at structured data. The piece aims to cover: What are structured data?What types of information do they encompass? What are the characteristics of structured data?What types of data have historically constituted structured data?What applications use structured data?What types of structured data are emerging currently?What are the I/O requirements Read More

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Upcoming article: Storage 101: Unstructured Data

Computer Weekly is running a series of articles looking at the basics of storage technology. For November, I’ll be writing about unstructured data, and how businesses go about storing them. Unstructured data has enormous potential, but conventional storage systems can struggle. In the piece we’ll look at: • What is unstructured data? • What types Read More

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Upcoming commission: Object storage and the cloud

My October piece on storage technology for Computer Weekly will look at storage and its relationship with the cloud. Some of the arguments for object storage are quite compelling, including the need for vast amounts of capacity and the need to support stateless web and mobile apps. But what is the reality? How are object Read More

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New commission: Key cloud storage vendors

My next feature for Computer Weekly will look at the key storage vendors’ cloud offerings. We’ll be profiling the offerings of key enterprise storage vendors, but I’m looking for input from analysts or consultants on the general trends in cloud storage including: • Where the market for storage products heading? • What’s driving the market? Read More

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Restoring site subscriptions

I have now restored the Jetpack subscription service for posts on this blog. As posted back in May, I had to disable updates from this site as Jetpack was not fully compliant with GDPR. WordPress has now completed most of the updates to its Jetpack services, so the Subscribe link is back up on the Read More

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Upcoming article: The impact of edge data and IOT on enterprise storage

I am researching the following article for Computer Weekly: The rise of data produced by the internet of things and other data created at the edge of enterprises has a deep impact on data storage. No longer does the centralised, shared model of data storage fit with the data that is being produced. So, what Read More

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GDPR and the joys of mailing lists

Unless you’ve been living in a nuclear bunker since, well, 1989, you’ll have noticed that the GDPR comes into force later this month. The new data protection rules put all sorts of new obligations on “data processors”, including website and blog owners. You’ll have had dozens of emails asking you to renew your sign up Read More

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Upcoming Commission: Computer Weekly – Cloud storage compliance

Please see below the outline for my next storage article for CW. If you are interested in submitting ideas, case studies or interview suggestions, please do so by 1700 BST, Wednesday 2 May. As ever email is the best way! Topic: Nearly all organisations make use of the cloud in some way. But what are Read More

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Computer Weekly article: who needs hybrid cloud object storage?

For my series of explainer articles for Computer Weekly, I’m looking next at hybrid cloud object storage This is part of a wider trend towards hybrid cloud functionality. The article sets out to cover: * What is object storage and how has it become suited to hybrid cloud operations? (Here we have the emergence of Read More

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