Upcoming commission: Computer Weekly: Is there still life in spinning disks?

Conventional magnetic hard drives are being edged out by solid state storage across the enterprise. But there are still use cases where the spinning disk is best.

This article will look at the benefits of NVMe versus that of spinning disks, but also evaluate both technologies on cost, capacity and performance. It will then list the key applications and use cases where SAS or SATA drives are still the best options.

For this feature I am looking for analyst or consultants’ input, though case studies or white papers from vendors are welcome for background. Pitches by email by close of play, Tuesday 20 October – thank you.

Upcoming article: can the cloud replace tape?

My next article for Computer Weekly will look at whether the cloud will finally see off tape, as the enterprise’s main backup medium.

For years analysts and vendors have predicted the demise of tape, but it lives on. Compared to disk-based backup, tape retains some advantages. And recent ransomware attacks have also caused organisations to look again at tape.

Could the cloud, though, finally see off tape backup? This article will examine the key cloud alternatives as organisations seek to move away from tape, and consider what they mean storage architecture. We will discuss:

  • Tiers of storage are there and how do they relate to each other
  • Difficulties in the (continued) use of tape
  • The key types of cloud products that can be seen as tape replacements
  • How do tape replacement cloud offerings fit with on-premises architectures?
  • Who are they key vendors of cloud tape replacement products and what do they offer

The deadline for submitting spokespeople’s names is 1700 London time, Wednesday 09th October. The deadline for submitting comment is 1700 London time, Monday 14th October. However please do not submit comments without contacting me first.

We welcome input from analysts, consultants and also senior end user IT architects, business continuity or archiving specialists.

Please contact me by by email in the first instance.