Category: Best Practices

New look

I’m bored – bygones. Monday was another one of those days.  When will facilities people get it through their heads that …maybe it isn’t a GREAT idea to test the generator during the day… …maybe it’s something better done at night, on a weekend, or when the moon isn’t full… …maybe it’s a good idea …

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On roleplaying…

Ok – certain people do certain things well. I’m a storage administrator/architect.  If you present me a problem I will *ALWAYS* look at it from a storage standpoint.  If you present me with a non-storage problem, I’ll try and make it fit. I’ve identified four types of systems engineer-type-people: Storage people Server people Network people …

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How to tell if your sales rep hates you….

I just got the following job posting and it made me, literally, laugh out loud, spitting latte all over my laptop. If your sales rep allows you to do something like this, it’s a fair bet that s/he hates you (or is planning to buy your company out of bankruptcy later). “WANTED: VMWare 1-month resident to …

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On Security….

Security is a good thing….until it isn’t. Security isn’t a good then when it interferes needlessly with productivity.  By needlessly I mean to say when you don’t get the security you’re looking for but instead make it harder for your people to do their job than needs to be. A few examples: 1.   Company “A” …

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Storage is as Storage does

Sitting here running RDF create scripts for a data push this weekend and going over the days events in my head. One of the things you get as a consultant is the ability to get a glimpse of the political machinations of many different companies and to get a first-hand view of what does and …

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101 uses for a Clariion…

You know, it floored me recently when i heard that someone had said that a CX3-20 couldn’t be used as a dumparea for Tivoli. What floored me even more is when they said this would not perform as well as a Symmetrix 8430. 8430. Symm4. Almost 10 year old hardware. Huh? Back when I was …

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A Cabling Before/After:

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a little insane when it comes to cabling. Keeping cable management sane makes management, and troubleshooting easier. The trouble of course is that usually, when you’re called in to do a clean-up, you’re not given the luxury of taking the datacenter off-line to do the work.  Most of this …

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Overcomplicating the world

Ok, I’ve seen it happen over and over again.  Customers who think they know better. Now I absolutely applaud a customer who wants to take the time to learn the ins and outs of the storage they’ve spent probably  hundreds of thousands of dollars on. But when you pay a consultant to come in and …

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Binfile changes

The joys of data migrations.  One of the most common problems is the standard practice of most companies to avoid upgrading whenever possible.  The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. I could spend days and days on that particular brand of suicide.  For now I’ll just replace that addage with a new one. …

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Upgrades complete

With the exception of a small problem I had with sendmail, everything seems to be working. Love it when it works this smoothly. 😉 /jg