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My colleague at ESG John McKnight, just briefed some summary output from our IT Spending survey.  The results are presented below hot off the press. Security, Storage and Network see the biggest increases in growth but Virtualization software continues to lead in absolute terms. It would be interesting to know how many Enterprises are looking […]

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Recently The Hot Aisle conducted an online survey asking the question – “How do you currently choose where to place equipment in your data centre?” As usual we got a very large response to the survey with 5,580 respondants. The results are in and it shows quite clearly that equipment placement is (to say the […]

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Greenwash or Greenbacks? – an eWEEK Europe Webinar What is the real motivation behind the Green Data Centre movement?  Saving the planet…  or saving money? …or keeping one step ahead of possible regulations, and saving yourself from a world of legal trouble? Readers of the Hot Aisle will already know that moves to more efficient […]

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The Hot Aisle ran a poll recently asking you all about Cloud Storage and we got some very interesting results from over 5600 respondents: We asked the question – Does Cloud Storage have to be delivered as an Object Store? Here are my observations:- A surprising number of folks don’t know what Cloud Storage is! […]

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In a recent Hot Aisle poll of 2326 respondents, 80% say that they run some production workload on their virtualised environment, however only a tiny minority (2%) do this without restrictions on the application’s criticallity. 29% of respondents say that they run “all but the most critical applications” on their virtual platforms. 51% of respondents […]

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I posed the question about why readers of the hot aisle were running more than one hypervisor. An earlier poll had shown that 44% of respondants behave in a non-intuitive way and run two or more hypervisors. Early results are in – with a poll size of 1021 1141 readers and discounting those who only […]

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A recent Hot Aisle poll about the use of hypervisor technology in enterprises offers some interesting insights. 96% of respondents use at least one hypervisor 44% of respondents use two or more hypervisors 16% of respondents use three or more hypervisors 98% of Hot Aisle readers know what a Hypervisor is (we are a smart […]

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After my recent articles on XIV, I got invited out to lunch to meet with some of the UK XIV Sales team this afternoon. Lots of interesting stuff came out but I stumbled into a really strange story. One of my contacts claims that IBM have recruited an extra 400 salespeople (so far) to promote […]

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I am doing some work on understanding the size  of the market for Data Center Scale systems. Sytems like SGI (Rackable) Ice Cube, Verari’s FOREST, HP’s POD, Sun’s Container and AST-Global’s dual container solution. Talking around the market my sense is that although the unit value is quite high ($4-$6M per container) the volumes are […]

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This week CleanAnalysis – the research and analyst arm of my friend, Dan Ilet’s Greenbang (www.cleananalysis.com) – will be officially launched. CleanAnalysis be looking at all sorts of cleantech products and markets with an aim to telling the public and private sector about what will really have an impact on their sustainability, marketing and bottom […]

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I have spent most of the day taking calls and answering mails from Hot Aisle readers who have an opinion about XIV. One of the most interesting was from an  IBM insider who tells me that he has a ton of great salespeople, customers who love the product when they buy it but no marketing support […]

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My recent article on IBM’s XIV product has created a real torrent of calls and mails from competitors, analysts and others in the industry saying I am completely barking mad and that IBM storage (particularly XIV) is a joke. It is true that IBM have been really bad at communicating their storage message and even […]

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In spite of the huge popularity of social and professional networking sites, nearly two thirds of techies (62.5%) haven’t – as yet – used these channels to find an IT job, according to research carried out by The IT Job Board,www.theitjobboard.co.uk The research also uncovered that more than half of those surveyed (57.4%) don’t currently […]

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Despite many high profile cases of unencrypted backup tapes going missing, more than a third of organizations still do not know if they should encrypt their backup tapes and half do not know where they would store their tape backup encryption keys. This is one of the alarming findings in the new 2008 Encryption and Key Management […]

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In the largest Hot Aisle survey to date, 6273 readers participated, we asked “Does your IT Department pay the electricity bill for IT Equipment?” Despite best practice advice from industry heavyweights like Will Forest at McKinsey & Company, more than half of polled readers answered no.  A staggering 23% just didn’t know if IT picked up the […]

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The Hot Aisle brings you yet another survey of over 6700 readers who commented on the impact of the current  banking crisis on their IT Investment plans. As expected many respondents (52%) are pulling back on investing in IT. Overall 69% of respondants reported an impact on spending plans. Most interestingly a few (5%) are […]

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Three quarters (76.1 percent) of IT professionals in the UK do not feel guilty about carrying out personal tasks while they are at work, according to a survey undertaken by The IT Job Board The figure compares to 75.9 percent in Belgium and 81.6 percent in The Netherlands.  This is the first time the online […]

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Consumers are increasingly using electronic payments at the expense of cash and checks, according to a new nationwide consumer payment preferences study conducted by BAI and Hitachi Consulting. The research was sponsored by First Data Corporation and its STAR® Network, Harland Clarke, MasterCard Worldwide, Metavante, and PULSE. The 2008 Study of Consumer Payment Preferences found […]

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After only six months from a standing start, The Hot Aisle has been recognized as one of the top 10 global blogs in IT Operations. Stacksafe published the list of top 10 IT Operations blogs based on Technorati rating.

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  The results are just in from the largest survey we have ever hosted here on The Hot Aisle. A massive 3,700 readers took part answering the question “Is your company running a Data Center move or consolidation Project?” 82% of participants stated that they were either in the midst of a migration or were […]

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The latest IT Job Board’s skills in demand survey figures show that regardless of the credit crunch, jobs in the IT sector have remained static since the beginning of the year with a slight increase in a few positions.  Key findings are as follows: Demand for testing roles increased by 8.3 percent between Q1 to Q2 […]

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The Hot Aisle readership have reported that they have significant constraints on existing data centers with 56% reporting cooling constraints and a further 17% reporting more than one constraint. Significantly only one reader reports space as a constraint which agrees with my hypothesis that there is plenty of Data Center space, just no M&E left.

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We asked The Hot Aisle readers to tell us what they were doing with Storage Virtualization. Interestingly only just over one third of our readers have no plans for Storage Virtualization. An interesting market opportunity?

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We buy too much software from software vendors because we don’t have processes and tools in place to ensure we only buy what we need. What we need is what we use not what we install. A fair software licensing agreement would allow us to pay for software that our employees need to do their jobs. Software companies have […]

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Nearly three quarters of polled The Hot Aisle readers plan to purchase colocation data center capacity in the next six months.

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