Jesse Gilleland

I've worked in the storage arena for close to 20 years now, directly for EMC Corporation for a number of them, and indirectly for them (as a consultant) for the remainder.

Most commented posts

  1. IBM XIV…. — 40 comments
  2. The Different Flavors of EMC TimeFinder — 27 comments
  3. Blades vs. Virtual — 21 comments
  4. Cisco FCIP and SRDF — 20 comments
  5. Still bored… — 18 comments

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Idiot-proofing…

We all know the term:  “Idiot-proofing”   Making a job or a task so fool proof any idiot can do it. It seems I’m asked every day to “idiot-proof” some process or another.  Make it so the Jr. guys can handle it.  make it so they couldn’t break it if they tried.  Make it so we …

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Star Trek: Discovery (nerd-post)

So… My honest take on StarTrek:Discovery last night. So far, so good. Compelling story, GREAT effects… Cast seems to be fleshing out nicely, though I anticipate some dramatic changes in the first couple of episodes. Because of the delay in programming they were a little rushed at the end, which meant you really didn’t know …

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On Backups…

A friend passed away recently… On going through his computer files, we found years worth of photos with a .ccc suffix… Ransomware… With two teenagers in the house, my biggest fear is some network replicating bug that takes down my entire network. Apparently it hit him a while ago, and he didn’t tell me. (I …

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Side Projects…

I built PC’s back in the 80’s, then stopped for some reason. Here’s what happens when I got back into it…

Is this thing on?

Surprised to find this blog still here.  It’s been…oh…a long time since I’ve ventured into the blogging world.  Work has kept me busy…going into year 4 of a six month contract and making all sorts of discoveries of late. Discovery #1 – Brocade is still a third-rate switch company.  The hardware is fairly bulletproof, when …

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Losing the cloud, Part 2.

When I have an application that goes down (and face it, it does happen) I want the person responsible for getting it back up and running to be within choking distance.  And if he’s within choking distance the servers need to be as well, because otherwise he’s powerless to actually fix the problem, and I’m …

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Losing the cloud… (Part 1)

There’s a Dilbert comic strip that I found hilarious a while back… The hilarious part is there is that the chance of this happening in real life is non-zero.  Not that it is likely to happen, but it’s impossible, statistically speaking, to completely rule out the idea. Now there are “big” cloud providers like AWS …

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Competitive Marketing advice…

…if you’re going to do a comparison, make it about how great your product is, not how lousy your competitor’s is. When you do that, you come off as petty, and bitter, and spiteful, and not very believable.

Cutting the ends off the roast…

When I used to teach, I always told the story of making the roast. It’s a parable, but it works. As follows: I was making a roast one day, and I cut the ends off it before i put it in the pan. My kid asks “Why did you cut the ends off the roast?” …

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Slowly Draining Away…

Plumbers define a slow drain as one in which your teenage-kid has tried to wash clump of hair vaguely resembling a tribble down. Ed Mazurek from Cisco TAC defines it quite differently: …When there are slow devices attached to the fabric, the end devices do not accept the frames at the configured or negotiated rate. …

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