The GestaltIT Tech Field Day event just wrapped up and it was a very interesting event. Stephen Foskett and Claire Chaplais did a phenomenal job at keeping the wheels on the bus. I realized that the attendees were just as critical as making the event a success above and beyond the vendors. […]
It’s official… Data deduplication has been added to ZFS (read the link if you’re new to data deduplication). Hats off to Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore who did a ton of the work in addition to Mark Maybee, Matt Ahrens, Adam Leventhal, George Wilson and the entire ZFS team.Â The implementation is a synchronous block-level […]
Simon Seagrave (http://www.techhead.co.uk/) asked, “How long do you think it’ll be before SSD will overtake SCSI as primary tier 1 SAN storage? Giving a new SSD and SATA tiered mix.”
Short answer: Yes, it will be SSDs + SAS and within 2 years.
The real quesion is when 15K RPM highspeed drives will be replaced with SSDs […]
Desktop virtualization is one of the hottest topics of interest and a major initiative of many companies. Touted benefits include lower operating costs, simpler management and desktop mobility. Below we’ll explore what the barriers to wide-scale adoption of desktop virtualization solutions are and some approaches to deal with them. It’s not a […]
VMworld 2009 was a great conference in spite of some bumps such as scheduling and lab issues. The social media aspect made the conference even better by allowing people to see what was going on where they weren’t.
The VMware datacenter probably got the most visual attention. A whole row of Cisco UCS […]
Cloud Strategy – VMware’s cloud strategy is still maturing and growing.Ã‚Â We have been hearing from Maritz and others that technology is built into vSphere and other products to leverage it as a cloud platform.Ã‚Â I expect we’ll be hearing more about some tangible developments with cloud providers out there today. It will be interesting […]
This is no joke. Right now southern Indiana is under water. Some organizations I have worked with are fine but Columbus Regional Hospital and many others arenâ€™t. Their data center was in a basement (which isnâ€™t rare) and took on a surge of water. Within what may have been a few hours, it was completely submerged. They had to evacuate all patients to other area hospitals. Theyâ€™ve got a lot to overcome in the next couple of weeks but with the proper infrastructure, the pain can be lessened.
One thing Iâ€™ve noticed in all this talk about explosive information growth is how most vendors are sticking to a strategy of how to store it and manage it. A lot of these vendors make a lot of money storing content but Iâ€™m beginning to wonder how good being a bunch of digital â€œpack ratsâ€ truly is. Even if we build systems to manage the information, how much value can we extract out of the digital â€œjunkâ€ we keep.
The question of whether or not to do synchronous or asynchronous replication between storage arrays does not come up often but I suspect it will as more and more people expand their business continuity infrastructure. Itâ€™s an important question because it can have a serious impact on the production environment.
We’re off to a pretty good start here at EMC World.Ã‚Â I’ve gotten to meet up with many other twitter folks at the ZDNet Blogger’s Lounge organized by @lendevanna.Ã‚Â Last year social media was just a small lunch tweetup but this year we have the lounge and a lot more networking going on.Ã‚Â There have […]