Todd Walls

How IT can save your business

Data security, Storage, Workload & resource optimization

I joined the Marine Corps right after high school graduation because I was tired of school, and restless. I wanted to do something. So, what does the Marine Corps do with me after my basic training? You guessed it, they put me in a classroom for nine months of rigorous technical training to teach me ...read more


Looking for storage performance? No need to wait for NVMe

Flash storage, Software-defined storage, Storage...

The latest buzz in storage is NVM Express (NVMe) and for good reason.  The new interface greatly expands on the capabilities of the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) by utilizing the massive amounts of parallelism available in NAND flash storage.  NVMe is capable of over 65,000 queues in comparison to a single command queue of ...read more


Making a case for cloud computing

Cloud computing, Data security, Hybrid cloud...

My wife, who is home for the day, just informed me that her IT department moved their email and home directories to the cloud.  Previously, the company’s access policies were so restrictive that she could never see this information offsite.  As I reflected on what this change would mean to remote users, I wondered about ...read more


Rethinking hyper-converged infrastructure

Hybrid cloud storage, Software-defined computing, Storage...

Change has been ever-present in IT, but it has gained new speed in recent years. The rate of change, however, is subordinate to the magnitude. The transformation we’ve seen in IT in the last few years would register a nine on the Richter scale when it comes to disruption. The key driver of this disruption ...read more