April 2008 archive

FusionIO

Anyone heard of Fusion-IO?  I’ve been doing some reading and it seems like if the press is reliable they may have hit that breakthrough I’ve been looking for. Essentially it’s up to (currently) 320GB of NAND-Flash storage memory that fits into a PCI-E x4 slot.  Booting from this is supposed to come sometime in Q3, …

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Ok – maybe that was too much.  My only challenges this week had to do with my own personal infrastructure.  The powers that be, in their infinite wisdom, brought me in to do Symm work and then after my onboarding handed me a dozen or so Clariion / Celerra designs to do.  When I asked …

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iSCSI Redux

Well – for the last three weeks I’ve designed more NAS/iSCSI systems than I really want to admit to. I understand what is so alluring about network storage, it’s cheap, plentiful, and it utilizes a technology that every data-center already has in place. I have to admit that the customer I’m currently working on has …

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So much fun, so little time.

A few have noticed the site was down for an extended period this week.  I learned a few things this week. I set up my FC system and was so excited to get it moving that I neglected to adequately test my equipment.  I bought used equipment, with used drives, and put real data on …

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IBM – Federal Blacklist?

IBM ‘Blindsided’ by Federal Contract Suspension If there ever was an *OUCH* moment this is it.  IBM – who running jokes have referred to as “Inferior but Marketable” may not be marketable anymore.  It seems that they’ve been caught up in an $80 million bid-rigging scandal that has them blacklisted from bidding on new projects …

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New venue –

Ok, changed venues again.  Going to do some work for some smaller customers.  Down side is I won’t be involved in the huge datacenter migrations I’ve done in the past, up side is that I’ll get more hands-on stick time and be able to keep the skills sharp.  So far it’s a *LOT* of NAS …

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Portable NAS

This was written a while ago but never got posted for some reason – I want to say at least two months or so have passed and the solution below has been allmost bulletproof. About once a month I have to reboot it.  So much for Linux being the anti-Microsoft. 🙂 ————————————- Just a two …

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