There is a lot of information on the Internet about the data storage industry; blogs, articles, twitter feeds, ads and spam galore. So, how do you decide which of these is worth your time? As a rule of thumb, the best blogs should possess the following qualities: They should be 1. Educational 2. Practical and 3. Accessible – i.e. you don’t have all day to read blogs. It is important to find information that is broken down in a way that is easily digestible.
At Reliant, we spend a lot of time reading up on data storage trends while seeking to convey that information in a way that is accessible and practical.
To that end, here’s a list of the top 10 data storage blogs we’ve found to date.
1. Chuck’s Blog
Chuck Hollis was at EMC for almost 20 years and recently made a move to VMware where he is now a chief strategist. We like Chuck because he assesses the technology honestly while also getting somewhat technical – for you engineers out there. You can find him at http://chucksblog.typepad.com/ or on twitter at https://twitter.com/chuckhollis.
2. NetApp Blogs
NetApp’s blogs are great. They have many contributors to their blog and you can pick your topic by category. You also have a choice of language or country for the blogs you’d like to read.
You can get more info at http://www.netapp.com/us/communities/communities-blogs.aspx.
3. EMC’s Blogs
EMC offers a few blogs to choose from. Their product and technology blog is probably the most popular. http://pulseblog.emc.com/
If you’re interested in a more personal approach, check out the EMC reflections blog: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com/.
4. Data Center Knowledge
This site is a veritable library of resources around data storage. From white papers to industry perspectives, datacenterknowledge.com has lots to choose from.
Spiceworks is a popular industry blog that also offers a lot of discussion forums. With the ability to search by topic, there is bound to be something to pique your interest. It’s free to sign up and contribute. The blog can be found here: http://community.spiceworks.com/forum/3
For discussion forums, visit http://community.spiceworks.com/
6. Cisco Blog
This blog is another manufacturer blog. While obtaining Cisco’s perspective on storage matters, you should also be sure to check out their “most commented” and “popular” tabs. The discussions are enlightening, with many knowledgeable IT veterans weighing in. http://blogs.cisco.com/
7. Storage Review
StorageReview.com is self-descriptive: In essence, you can find reviews of various data storage hardware devices, from storage area networks down to specific drives.
8. The Data Center Overlords
This is the blog “where servers, storage and networking combine to form Voltron.” You have plenty of topics to choose from, such as load balancing, data center, virtualization and storage as well as recommendations for books to read and CCIE study resources.
9. Network World’s Data Center Research Center
This is a very useful site that offers data center white papers, analyses on Gartner research and helpful insights on recruiting the best IT talent – among many other topics.
10. Wikibon Blog
The Wikiblog blog, http://wikibon.org/blog/, offers a community that gives you access to research, infographics and data storage trends. As usual, the comments are particularly illuminating, in addition to the articles they provide.
Do you have a data storage blog you find useful? We’d like to know about it. Share it with Reliant’s learning community by commenting below. Contact us by email or phone at 877.227.0828.