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There appears to be quite the interesting discussion going on over at Scott Lowe’s blog regarding FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) as its relationship to the data center, VMware, and, pretty much everything else. I love watching people put their thoughts to eletronic ink (via t...
In my first article on the Emulex E3S Gateway, I simply relayed a high-level look at the device as well as a sample diagram of how integration would look within a very simplistic block-based environment. Overall, it appears that the concept of a hardware “gateway” to the cl...
It’s not often that I get excited about technology within the storage space. There are notables, of course, mostly that take my love for high bandwidth interconnects (e.g. Infiniband, Rapid I/O) and mash them up with high-speed storage (EFDs, Fusion-IO). That being said, when it...
Nothing tends to solidify a community more than a cause that hits each of us at our base element: our physical being.  In this case, we've seen a massive explosion of support within the storage community with folks from NetApp, HDS, HP, IBM, and EMC (amongst many) coming to the aid of ...
As you’re probably aware by now, Iomega just launched their new line of eGo portable drives with increased capacity and protection capabilities. While this may seems to be a superficial change for those used to other portable harddrives (from other manufacturers that shall not be...
It’s interesting to people watch at a conference. You get to appreciate the reach and depth of EMC’s product portfolio which is represented best by the customers and employees that both use and create this technology. Sometimes, it’s hard to segment the two. But, at the end of the da...
So, my good friend Stu Miniman (@stu on Twitter) put out a video a few months back extolling the virtues of FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) for the next generation data center.  This video, while fascinating, didn’t answer the underlying hardware questions that we all had: Wha...
  Symmetrix V-Max™ Yamaha Star Vmax™ Hornady V-Max™   Storage Capacity Scales to 2 Petabytes You + Significant other Storage?!?! Speeds n’ Feeds 4Gb/s Front-End/Back-End; EFDs for Tier 0 storage Miles per hour Feet per Second Death Quotient No...
Here are some additional links to Symmetrix V-Max coverage.  I’m trying to go for a healthy blend of EMC insiders, customers, external bloggers.  If you see something that should be here, let me know. Techmute.com (customer) A Response to Tony’s V-Max Questions Brian Hen...
This list is mirrored from The Storage Anarchist but I figured you’d want to stay on top of things. He’ll be posting updates as well. I’m trying to collect some other bits and pieces. FriendFeed listing for EMC Corporation:   Real-time feed from EMC Corp     Barry B...
Short of calling this a holiday, i figure that we should probably commemorate this somehow. feel free to use this as a desktop background.
So, it’s 1201am and…well, now you know what we’re talking about, hinting about, laughing about, and honestly…what we’ve been waiting for.  The Symmetrix V-Max is here and it’s ready to drop the hammer on what you know about storage. What’s in t...
Over at StorageMonkeys, Rclark posted the following question: We’re trying to increase the LTG and max_transfer sizes on PowerPath on AIX 5.3. We’ve gone through the steps that worked in the past, but the LTG will not increase. I’ve looked through PowerLink, but haven...
I’m anxiously looking forward to tomorrow’s CloudCall event.  I’ve previously published the bridge line information here and all that’s really left is a “schedule” for the call. So, here you go! Topic:  Cisco Unified Computing/Communication Server Ca...
I think it’s safe to say that we’re living in a very difficult and challenging economic time.  All around us, there are stories of companies closing their doors due to depreciated revenues, mergers and acquisitions taking place to absorb the incredible amount of talent that’s being dri...
CloudCall #1 is on March 23rd, 2009 at the times listed below. It is NOT today. Since the Cisco UCS announcement on 3/16/09, there has been a flurry of commentary within the social media scene (blogs, twitter, etc.) as well as within the industry analyst space about what the implicat...
Over at Information Playground, Steve Todd has started down the path of no return: private clouds.  (Incidentally, I find it quite ironic that private clouds are no more private than public clouds in that they’re essentially run on the same infrastructure and face the exact same ...
As you probably have heard by now, EMC has refreshed the Celerra line a bit. With today’s announcement, we’ve added the following hardware models to the fold: NS-480 with 2 or 4 datamovers NS-960 with support for up to 960 drives NS-G8 with support for up to 8 datamovers a...
In the mental health world, a lot of talk is made about various pathologies, their presentations, as well as tying them to certain personality types that pre-dispose them to affliction.  That’s a mouthful to process through, but the same type of examination can be applied to thos...
For folks that were on today’s VMware Communities Roundtable live podcast, mention was made of partition alignment under VMFS & the storage array being used. To that end, here is EMC’s document on VMware ESX connectivity to EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage which cove...
Yesterday, I held a rather impromptu “Cloud Talk” session with some of the Twitter community that has expressed an interested in cloud computing, cloud storage, etc.  I’m happy to report that given the rather abrupt beginning of the session, I still was able to sit do...
Join me on March 16th, 2009 for another exciting “Cloud Talk” session.  We’ll be kicking this off in two slices: One for those in other countries (EMEA and APJ/AUS) and one for those in the Continental US.  The international call will be at 630AM Eastern Standard Time...
One of the current “hot” topics within the IT industry these days is the concept of cloud computing.  While there is a level of ambiguity around what cloud computing actually is, there is a definite trend towards looking at what these cloud services and storage can do for the commercia...
In Part 3a of the Cloud Optimized Storage Solution series, I covered the concept of data tiering within the COSS solution.  In this particular post, I’m going to start the conversation on how SLAs may tie into the overall concept of data tiering as well as infrastructure access S...
Earlier this morning, Scott Lowe posed the following question:  What if hypervisors shared a file system? The concept here is that most hypervisors (notably VMware and [soon] Hyper-V) have a clustered file system that is used to extend the capabilities of a group of hypervisors into su...
It’s been an interesting year and a half in the blog-o-sphere for me. To celebrate this new spin on life, I’m going to hold a “re-branding” competition. The rules are simple: provide re-design comps for the template (based on the Thesis theme by Chris Pearson) ...
As much as I like to talk about Qlogic, there are times when you’ve just got to let someone else tell their story.  In this case, Qlogic’s Marty Holmes gives a very thorough video analysis of the SanBox 5802V Fibre Switch. This is my current switch of choice if you need sm...
I was asked the other day about the potential for finally going tapeless in Commercial and Enterprise spaces.  Truth be told, this is becoming a more common occurence as those mechanical beasts hit the tail-end of their maintenance windows.  With that in mind, what are some (not all) o...
In previous Cloud Optimized Storage Solution articles, I’ve discussed the content being stored, the method of storage, as well as principles derived from data tiering.  Today, I want to jump ahead a bit and discuss how neural networks and heuristics can impact the processing of object ...
For those of you who think you can stand listening to me prattle on for 36 or so minutes (completely unpolished, I might add), here’s an audio clip for you that I recorded this morning.  You’ll see the content of this recording show up sometime soon as another article in th...
In Parts 1 & 2 of the Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions series, we took a look at the content being storage on COSS as well as how it is stored.  In Part 3 (split into two parts), we’ll examine the concepts of Tiering and also Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and their impact ...
As my brother posted yesterday, part of optimizing workflow is understanding how you relate to the information that you receive.  Depending on your method of information ingestion (the use of eating analogies is on purpose), you’re going to optimize your environment in a specific...
Just wanted to welcome my brother, Danny Graham, to the blogosphere. His blog, Superawesomesauce, is dedicated to….well, not so sure yet, but he’s an excellent code monkey, so, I’d expect him to pass on his tips and tricks for Eclipse, Linux, and other things… C...
In part one of the COSS series, we discussed the nature of content within the cloud.  After determining the nature of the content being stored, it is important to understand how this unstructured and structured content will be stored.  The mechanism for storage has significant impact o...
I’m typically in the position of designing storage solutions for external customers based upon established protocols and best practices here at EMC.  We design based on our work with Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, etc. and the solutions development that happens with these partners.  It’s defi...
This YouTube video was done by a good friend of mine, Stu Miniman @ EMC. This video provides a VERY good overview of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and an basic fabric implementation. Enjoy! Stu on FCoE - YouTube See more on Stu’s blog here.
Continuing the thread of explaining the roles of storage fabrics that we’ve come to know and love (FCoE, Infiniband, 10GbE iSCSI, etc.), @rjhintz asked the following question: What’s the expected technical life of a storage fabric install today before it’s upgraded to...
It’s always exciting to me to see the chatter around a new standard or new “way” of doing storage. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) has certainly had it’s share of chatter as well as the inherent criticisms from detractors. There have also been questions reg...