If you’re planning on migrating to a new Mac any time soon, be sure to check out Edward Haletky’s excellent post for some best practices and helpful tips.
Last year I went through my own Mac migration. My wife’s ancient 2006 MacBook in lovely white polycarbonate had a good long life, but was just about becoming unusable. With a maxed out 2GB of RAM and a Core Duo (not a typo) processor, I was actually impressed how long it was relatively functional. This was […]
In this installment of the Storage Migration Tools series RichCopy is the tool of choice. Â It is a free tool offered by Microsoft (without support of course) that uses a simple and easy to use GUI interface to copy files.
Recently my organization purchased an EMC Celerra Array in the interest of making our file storage more scalable and available for the users. We are also going to start down the virtualization path, but I am going to try the one step at a time approach.
RoboCopy is a command line tool from Microsoft that allows for multi-threaded file copying. It functions similarly to Copy.exe or XCopy.exe but has a few of its own nuances which will be look at here.
So in the past few weeks I have been playing with the new EMC Celerra that my company purchased. As of right now I can say that creating CIFS servers and sharing storage is pretty straight forward. Other areas, not so much.
Recently I got a Celerra NX4 storage array to meet my organizations storage needs, or out of the box, solve a specific problem that we are having with regard to storage. Slow data performance across the network and Windows Update. I found out quickly by doing some simple math covering what exists today and the maximum amount of available storage on the NX4 (~900GB) that this move to SAN Storage would indeed be something that has multiple phases (read disk shelves).
CommVault is one of those enterprise IT companies that likes to go their own way. A spin-out of AT&Tâ€™s famed Bell Labs, CommVaultâ€™s Simpana software integrates many aspects of data management, from backup to e-discovery, under one umbrella. Last year, the company impressed me by adding cloud storage as a backup target equal in status to disk and traditional tape. Now the company is doing the same for storage-based snapshots, accelerating data protection for virtual machines.
So we can thin-provision, de-dupe and compress storage; we can automate the movement of the data between tiers; now one single array may not have all these features today but pretty much every vendor has them road-mapped in some form or another. Storage Efficiency has been the watch-word and long may it continue to be so.
EMC caused a major stir on April 14 as they announced the next-generation Symmetrix enterprise storage array, the V-Max. Since that time, many of the features have been discussed and dissected on various blogs at the same time as EMC moves forward with sales of the new system. But one question remains: When can end-users actually purchase and use the V-Max system as described? And in particular, When does the V-Max get the most desirable and hyped Fully-Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) and scale-out features?