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

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Cisco dial-home follow-up!

Cisco has released version 3.0(2) of their firmware, and with this, comes, finally, an EMAIL-HOME feature for the switch.  It’s not perfect (because unlike the dial-home on the Symm, this is dependent on an external server or two, and doesn’t work if the network connection is down. The long and the short of it is …

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EMC and Cisco are some kind of partners.

Ok, there is something I hate about Cisco- and it’s not really about Cisco, it’s about EMC’s complete failure to completely support their MDS series of switches. First – When you buy an MDS 9xxx switch from Cisco, it comes with the ability to dial into Cisco when there is a problem, much like EMC …

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Enterprise Vault for Exchange

The boys over at Symantec (www.symantec.com) just came by last week and gave us an interesting presentation on Enterprise Vault.  (Not to be confused with the Vault extension for NetBackup, which is a different beast) The short answer is this.  EV is an application that dives into your exchange environment and strips out any email/attachments …

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It’s Alive!

Well, after two days of serious work getting the cabling and power ready, EMC came out and spun up the Symm today. Hot damn!  Finally some real storage and I can start planning the migration off the stupid Clariion. 😉 One down-side though, the Multiprotocol cards they shipped were the wrong type, since we have …

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TimeFinder on MSSQL a possibility?

Let’s face it, if it’s Oracle, DB2, or anything along those lines, I can snap a copy and back it up with my eyes closed. MSSQL, being a pretend database, has me stumped.  I’m so used to archive logs that I’m not even sure how to use TF/Snap to back up the database. This is …

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A little down-time?

Just figured out that the site was down for about a day or so this weekend.  Apparently during a re-model of the office/data center I disconnected the router and never even noticed that the site was down because between putting the dry-wall up and trying to sleep off the injuries to my aching muscles, I …

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RPO vs. RTO

I had an engineer friend of mine (real engineer, not affiliated with computers) once told me.  “There are three options:      1. You can have it faster.      2. You can have it smaller.      3. You can have it cheaper. ….Now pick any two.” Over and over in my life I’ve put that theory to …

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It’s Layoff time again – everyone say “Thanks EMC”

You know, corporations (like EMC) must think we’re stupid. I read in eWeek ( Link ) that EMC is going to kick 1,250 people out on their asses right before the holidays because they failed to make it last quarter. I guess people are just so much chattle, to be sold off whenever profits need a boost.  …

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NAS Management

EMC Control Center has more management tools for Network Appliance filers than they do for their own hardware. I wonder if this means they prefer the NetApp devices?

Is Microsoft VSS a real Snap? Maybe. Does it suck? Absolutly!

I can’t even talk during the day because of the great sucking sound coming from our microsoft infrastructure. From a storage end, it’s even harder, because natively Microsoft doesn’t have ANY tools to unmount a filesystem or quiesce a production volume so you can take a hardware based snapshot of it. Of course they’ve introduced …

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