Anandtech & Enterprise Storage

Posted on October 22, 2006

I haven't checked Anandtech in months, but felt the desire tonight. Frankly, its the best hardware review site it is, and Anand Lal Shimpi's book The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware is quite simply the best book ever written about X86 hardware, bar none, suffering only because its title massively misrepresents the bredth of content. Reguardless, I was felt the ned to point everyone toward an excellent article written by Johan De ...

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Pillar Data Desperate for News?

Posted on October 20, 2006

I couldn't help coming across the following article found pronounced on Pillar Data's front page: NetApp Unseated at NASA Unit. The article is from August but Pillar is still proud of it. I'll save you the hassle of reading it... basically: NASA's Solar Data Analysis Center bought a NetApp F840 in 2002. That was about toward the end of the F840's life, so it wasn't hot hardware even at the time, so they must have bought just prior to ...

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Storage Prices Fall Like A Rock

Posted on September 17, 2006

I have no idea why, but disk prices are falling like a rock. Two weeks ago I needed a new disk to transfer all my Homestead data to when I left the company, and I found the Seagate 7200.10 400G SATA (Perpendicular) on NewEgg for $209. A little cross check against a local place (Central Computer) and I found the same disk for $189. Done! Then I go to Fry's last night to get some things for my new home office setup and I find the non-Perpe...

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Some time ago I went looking for a storage solution to replace and consolidate some of my aging DAS, I looked high and low, and one name rose unexpectedly up the list: Compellent. Squarely aimed at midrange cusomters looking for high-end functionality, anyone considering EMC CLARiiON, HP EVA, and HDS should give Compellent some attention. Compellent's tag line for some time has been "A storage solution every company can affrod and any ...

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WTF Dept: Brocade Acquiring McData

Posted on August 13, 2006

Apparently I missed the news this week, On August 8, 2006 we announced Brocade's intention to acquire McDATA Corporation. Ummmmmmmm... what? Now, I can understand this from the perspective that Fibre Channel is a market thats past its peak. Business are supposed to grow year of year and thats becoming very hard, especially when they are competing against each other and Cisco is peaking in its head ruining all the fun. So, in some ...

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Demystifying NetApp’s StoreVault

Posted on July 28, 2006

If you haven't heard yet, NetApp has started a new division: StoreVault. The idea here is to start competing in the largely unaddressed $5,000 to $20,000 storage market for Small and Medium Business (SMB). In the standard NetApp product line they of course have low end options such as the FAS200 line but those start at around $20,000 and go up based on licenses and disk choice. For all intents and purposes, the StoreVault is a cheap ...

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SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Friday!

Posted on July 27, 2006

Thats right, tomorow is the best day of the year: System Administrator Appreciation Day. WIfes and kids... love your husbands and fathers just a little more. When he comes home give him a hug, a kiss, and a new workstation. Screw the brussle sprouts, Twinkies are okey on this wonderful day! Sit down in the morning and drink some coffee with Dad while reading the Wall Street Journal. My fellow administrators... do what you do ...

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A book I'm glad to see, Ruby Cookbook has hit the shelves. This really helps to round out the print coverage for Ruby. I bought Ruby in a Nutshell a while back and always keep it in my bag just in case. Of course, the Pragmatic Programmer's books still set the standard, but its nice to see Ruby grow in its acceptance according to the publishing companies. On a related note, O'Rielly's Ruby on Rails book is currently available ...

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A Visit to BlueArc

Posted on July 25, 2006

Welcome to the 3rd age of Network Storage. NAS really got its start with Sun in 1984 when they introduced NFS. In this first era servers with large ammounts of disk acted as NFS servers. In 1992 NetApp showed the world was enterprise grade NAS was really about and has continued to be at the forefront of enterprise class NAS to this day. But in 1998 BlueArc was founded to push the limits of what we expect from NAS in the one place its ...

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I'm a storage guy, and so I'm naturally curious what other people are using, especially internet sites that rely almost entirely on the performance of their storage. Sites include YouTube, MySpace, Yahoo, Google, RapidShare, and other storage intensive file sharing websites. I've been digging around to find out what everyones got and decided that rather than waste my day I'd put up what I know and maybe all of you guys can help me fill in ...

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