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. VMWare shakeup… — 18 comments

Author's posts

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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Recovering from a windows AD failure…

A couple of years ago my PDC died.  The only physical box in my environment and the one physical server died. I was 2,700 miles away.  I wasn’t going to be back any time soon, and stuff was broken.  (Thankfully, customer data was on the Linux Webhosting environment, so nothing lost there, except their backups) …

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The quest for 100% uptime…

Are you the type of IT shop that won’t take downtime?  I mean won’t take downtime to the point that there are EOSL applications running on EOSL hardware, redundancy gone because an HBA has failed and a replacement simply isn’t available, (or is and you won’t take the outage to replace it) It got me to …

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Privacy In The Clouds….

I’m not sure why this never got discussed before, but suddenly, with the “shocking” revelation that the government has been collecting data from the cloud in bulk, the concept of “Privacy” is on everone’s mind. I’m telling you.  Anyone who thought their “Cloud” storage was secure from prying eyes has deluded themselves with visions of …

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For sale:

Just wondering if there is any interest out there. I have three working storage arrays I’m looking for a new home for. 1 Clariion cx300 1 Clariion cx500 1 Celerra ns500 The ns500 can be split (I have the cables to split the back-end) but I want to sell it as one unit. Everything works, though …

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The “Public” Cloud…

It’s really easy to point-and-click yourself to a leased cloud or public cloud infrastructure.  Throw a credit-card # in and you can start working immediately. But it has to come down to the real question. Should you? Putting your application “In The Cloud” whether it be Google’s new service, Amazon, or anyone who you rent …

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Overwhelmed…

To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement.  Hip deep in a major Tech-Refresh for a (non-EMC) vendor that is sucking my life dry, I sometimes forget that this blog is ever here. (As evidenced by the lack of activity) On the blog/webhosting front things have been interesting.  CATBytes is hosting about 50 users or so.  …

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The Great Conversion (Part 2)

Torquemada would be proud...

Yes, it’s been a while. Over 18 months ago, I started converting an old CX300 to a CX3-20c. (Set the wayback machine and see The Great Conversion ) Shortly after I started this, I got wrapped up in work, got laid off, found new work in the wrong state, spent 12 months commuting from Virginia …

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