Before I leave on vacation I just wanted to publically thank Dave G and the wonderful people at AnySystem. Several people have been extremely kind and donated equipment to me here and there over the years (namely Nathan Ingersoll who donated 4 Sun Ray 1′s, Jeff Huber who donated some smart cards, and Jeffery Schmitz who graciously donated 2 JNI HBA’s four years ago), but AnySystem is the only company thats donated gear to me. In years gone by they sold A5x00 arrays cheap enough to allow me to write my Veritas KickStart Series and LuxParse, and in the last 2 years they donated a SunBlade 1000, a replacement 21″ CRT, and an Ultra2 to replace one of my dead cluster nodes. AnySystem has really gone above and beyond the call to help me continue to provide resources for the rest of the community and I am eternally greatful to them for all that they’ve done.
Archive for July, 2006
Talk about a quiet release, I only found out because of the mail IBM sent me about destroying my DB9 Viper beta material… but, either way, its here! DB2 9 has been released to the world! As usual, DB2 for Solaris is only supported on SPARC. For a full list of whats new view the DB2 9 announcement.
If you want to take DB2 for a 90-day trial just visit the DB2 page and click “Download”.
Just found this on Flikr:
An anniversary dinner for OpenSolaris at Rubicon. Any chance someone blogged about this? If you went, let us know how it was. This is the first I’ve heard of it.
I. Need. This. Shirt.
I hadn’t seen this before. Classic. Joyent has several classic shirts, including a “MARS” shirt to combat LAMP: MySQL + Apache + Rails + Solaris… of course, I take exception to using MySQL over the vastly superior PostgreSQL, but no ones perfect.
FYI, since this is likely my last blog entry of the day…. I’ll be gone all next week doing some much needed camping, reading Solaris Internals 2nd Edition and Brendan’s baby Solaris Performance Tools, and spending a lot of good quality time with my kids. See ya when I return.
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 FAS250 that is only avaiable with SATA disks. Its got a single Intel processor, a single gigabyte of memory, maxiumum capacity of 12 disks (unlike 250′s 14) and can not be expanded with additional shelves (FAS270, unlike the FAS250 can be extended). So the only real choices you have are with reguards to what size disk and how many. You can use between 4 and 12 disks choosing to use either 250GB SATA or 500GB SATA.
Availability is currently very limited. Integrated Archive Systems is currently the only VAR in the Bay Area thats qualified to sell them and they can only purchase from a single distributer. However, IAS assures me that they can still secure discounts on the product, just not the size discount you’d normally expect on enterprise class products.
Getting info on StoreVault is difficult right now. StoreVault is effectively a completely seperate division within NetApp, complete with its own sales force which isn’t currently online. If you talk to your NetApp Sales Manager you won’t get very far, they can’t and won’t talk much about, except to be nice to you, and attempts to dig deeper all lead you into a brick wall. Those people in the StoreVault division that should be talking, aren’t… at least not yet.
I’ve been trying oh so hard to get an eval unit or a demo so that I can share some real details and cut through all the confusion, rumor, and guesswork thats floating around right now, but NetApp won’t help me and I can’t find anyone in the StoreVault division to talk with. IAS is going to see what they can do and so I’m hoping they can get me an eval to discect for all of you.
Pricing, of course, is the most important question. So far I’ve learned of two “Express Ship” solutions, which I take to mean that its boxed and ready to go. Those two configurations are:
- StoreVault S500 4TB: 8 500GB Disks: $12,000
- StoreVault S500 2TB: 8 250GB Disks: $7,758
The second question is then, “whats broke?” Its OnTap “StoreVault Edition”. From the spec sheet [PDF] that the advanced enterprise licensed options like SnapMirror, SnapVault, even SnapClone perhaps, are unavailable. But its unclear as to whether thats because they aren’t enabled or NetApp simply won’t sell you the licenses… which seems more likely, in which case…. well, use your imagination.
Rumors are flying around, people are looking for answers, very few are coming. I’m trying my damnedest to fill the gaps, we badly need a solid alternative to Nexsan in this space, but folks don’t want to talk. Some of the rumors that I’ve heard, none of which I can support or endorse at all, are that there is no CLI (I find that unlikely), an S800 is coming soon, and that OnTap is actually 100% intact so long as you plug in keys.
Despite all the questions, there is one thing you really need to know, and I can show you quite simply:
StoreVault is to NetApp as LinkSys is to Cisco. NetApp wants this business to be entirely seperate and entirely self-sustaining. Thats why they put up so many brick walls. The diffrence of course is that LinkSys product sells at Fry’s for $100… StoreVault isn’t expensive but you don’t throw $10,000 at a storage solution your unsure about especially when it has a non-refundable policy.
If anyone from StoreVault is reading this… help me help you! Competing against yourselves is fruitless and avoidable.
Whats up at Amazon? The Washington Post takes a look. I think these desprate lurches are going to just speed up the decline. I’m not sure why Amazon is so confused about what needs to happen… frankly its pretty simply to me:
- Amazon should be the online store. Its got the reputation but not the selection to prove it. If you want Books, CD’s or DVD Amazon works alright but if you look for other things you may find a pretty horrible selection.
- The online market place idea sucks ass. I hate thinking that I’m buying from Amazon but actually buying from John’s Bait and Cookware Shop. It damn near feels like bait-and-switch (no pun).
- Integrating other large brick-and-morter stores like Toys’r'us, etc, has never really been comforting. Frankly, Amazon should be Amazon and not stretch itself out.
I recently made a purchase from Amazon. 3 books and 1 CD… the shipment got split up into 3 shipments, I recieved the CD, then a week later 2 of the books, and finally after 3 weeks I canceled the 3rd book and bought it instead from Barnes and Nobel. Maybe its just my experiences with Amazon but they really need to get their act together and focus on what they already should do well rather than branch out.
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 best, make all those SOB’s that forgot it was SA Day pay… lock mail accounts, revert home dir snapshots, play “where did I hide that tape” with your DBA’s… but love and admire those who remembered that of all the 365 days of the year when you say “BOW BEFORE ME!!!”, on this day, this one day, your right!
Happy pro-active SA’s day.
Sun Cluster 3.2 has finally entered beta! I’m not sure that I’m allowed to publicize the feature set but its looking really exciting.
I’m furthermore excited to say that the Sun Cluster team has allowed me to invite people into the beta! Now, to be clear I can’t authorize people, only invite which means that I push your name along to the fellow that will give you the thumbs up or down. But, what this means is that if you are a Sun Cluster fan who’s already got some SC chops but don’t have a channel to hook you up for this sort of thing, I can be your conduit. If you are new to SC please cut your teeth on Sun Cluster 3.1 (which is free) first… but if you think you’d be a good fit for the 3.2 Beta, shoot me an email and I’ll get you fixed up.
Several of us were talking in #opensolaris tonight and couldn’t be sure whether or not you could install the Sun Ray Server Software 3.1 in a non-global zone. So I figured I’d try it:
... checkinstall[SUNWuti]: installation not permitted in local zone Installation of
was suspended (administration). No changes were made to the system. utinstall: fatal, SRSS installer installation failed
So… no, without hacking on this thing you can’t. Now we know.
Sun is providing early access to Sun Ray Software 4 Update 1 – Early Access Release. On a sad note, its only available for Linux (RHEL and SUSE). Based on the notices it would appear that most if not all the improvements for Update 1 are specifically for Linux and thus why Solaris isn’t included in the EA release.
Just a reminder for those of you as forgetful as I am, “Sun Ray Software 4″ is in fact (currently) Sun Ray Server Software 3.1 together with v1.0 of both the Sun Ray Connector for Windows and Sun Desktop Manager 1.0. So if your running 3.1 and excited about 4… its just one more of those wonderful Sun Marketing reminders that the ability to count or use logic isn’t actually a required job skill.