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Here’s another video from HP Discover 2011 last week.  In this one I talk to Kate Davis about the P4800.  I’ve been pretty much all in on commodity storage hardware these days and the P4800 is another example of this.  You’ll see in the video that the two blades run a...
During last week’s HP Discover 2011 event, Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton) raised a very interesting point regarding the way VMware potentially intend to control the storage space through VMFS and the apparent contradiction in terms of also pushing off tasks to the storage array th...
Yesterday HDS announced (via this press release) their entry into the converged infrastructure market.  The solution offerings go under the name Hitachi Unified Computing Platform and comprise reference architectures and orchestration software to bring the whole thing together.  While ...
In a slightly distracted post, I talk with Thomas Johns, Devang Panchigar, Nigel Poulton and Lee Johns, Director of Converged Storage at HP about the new Converged Storage Strategy and Store 360, the framework bringing all of the recent storage acquisitions to the same platform. The po...
Day 4 of any conference is pretty much one of reflection and consolidation; 4 days of early starts and late nights (especially when tied with serious jet lag) start to take their toll.  However all the hard work is worth it when you have one of those “light bulb” moments an...
In this second podcast from HP Discover 2011, I chat to Devang Panchigar, blogger at storagenerve.com and Enrico Signoretti, blogger at juku.it.  We discuss HP’s Converged Infrastructure offerings and how they match up to others in the marketplace.   Podcast Powered By Podbe...
At HP Discover 2011, HP released a number of enhancements to their storage products.  I this podcast, I briefly discuss the announcements with Nigel Poulton.   Podcast Powered By Podbean Disclaimer:  As a blogger/attendee, HP paid for my flights, hotel and most meals.  I have not ...
On day 2, Marc Farley, Nigel Poulton, Enrico Signoretti and myself took a stroll across the Discover Zone floor for a chat and look around.  As it turned out, we didn’t see much (well no) technology, but you can get the feel and buzz of the event from this post.  In addition Nige...
When HP acquired 3Par in 2010 it was easy to assume that the EVA (Enterprise Virtual Array) storage product line was dead.  After all, 3PAR offers all that EVA can do, and more.  However today at Discover 2011, HP announced improvements to the HP range (the fifth generation) to provide...
It’s tempting to use hackneyed phrases like “drinking from a firehose” but without a doubt the first day at HP Discover 2011 was loaded with information and news.  For bloggers and press, the day started off with a presentation by many of HP’s senior staff, incl...
I’m now in Las Vegas, ready for the start of HP Discover 2011, the annual forum showcasing HP’s products and service offerings.  Compared to previous HP events I’ve attended, this one is larger and more structured from a blogger perspective. There are 24 blogger atten...
I recently wrote an article covering storage for virtualisation and was surprised to find out that Microsoft does not support the use of NFS shares with Hyper-V.  At first I thought perhaps I was doing something wrong and that my configuration was in error.  But after a lot of lab test...
Last week as part of my attendance at the Nexenta European User Conference I managed to catch CEO Evan Powell for a quick 5 minute interview talking about the event and Nexenta in general.  One of the most interesting scenarios for Nexenta is in Cloud Computing and Evan touches on thei...
Here are the slides from the Nexenta European User Conference from Friday. sr_adspace_id = 1000004213707; sr_adspace_width = 468; sr_adspace_height = 60; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
In my post on last year’s HP tech day (Enterprise Computing HP Blades Tech Day) I raised my skepticism on the ROI of desktop virtualisation or VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solutions.  One of the reasons for my concern was the excessive costs for deploying the storage need...
Yesterday Google announced Google Music, their competitor platform to the recent Amazon Cloud Player.  Both are services that allow you to store and access your music from within the “cloud”; Amazon can transfer music purchases directly in for you, with the Google service y...
It will hardly have escaped anyone’s attention that EMC World is taking place this week in Las Vegas.  Although I’m not attending this year I have been following the press releases.  Probably the most interesting so far has been that around flash technology, something EMC a...
You can now follow us on Facebook.  Just use the following link: http://tsa.io/thestgarch-fb I’ll be posting pictures and video (some going back for a while, some never previously posted) as well as other links and stuff.  Always interested in any feedback you have. sr_adspace_id...
I read with interest today the storm in a teacup brewing around this Storage Newsletter article published yesterday. It’s quite amusing that some people still don’t understand the three way relationship between Hitachi Ltd, HDS and HP.  Fortunately I was able to visit Hitac...
I was listening to a podcast today that was discussing a subject we’ve heard about many times recently and that’s the move from being IT specialists to generalists.  Hardware products like EMC’s VNX are making this transition easier for the storage community and no do...
So it appears from today’s announcement that the Sony Playstation Network was hacked after all. Some 70 million users are unable to game online and other services, such as LoveFilm are down.  Whilst it has had a positive effect on our household (Call of Duty remains unplayed as S...
After a busy day in London I returned home to read the news of issues in one of Amazon’s US data centre locations causing problems with EC2 and database (RDS) instances.  It seems the services of many Internet companies were affected including Reddit, Quora, Hootsuite and FourSqu...
Many of you will know I have the perfect face for podcasts, however along with Greg Knieriemen and Devang Panchigar I agreed to do a quick interview with Don Jennings.  Here are my ramblings and the more considered prose of Messrs Knieriemen and Panchigar. sr_adspace_id = 1000004213...
This week, Microsoft released their iSCSI Target software for general availability.  Previously this had only been available for installations with Windows Storage Server via OEMs.  Now anyone with Windows 2008 R2 can install and use the software without restrictions.  However, there a...
During the recent HDS Bloggers’ Day we were lucky enough to have a presentation from Dave Merrill, who covered the subject of Storage Economics.  You can find more of Dave’s work on his blog; The Storage Economist. Within HDS Dave runs the Storage Economics practice; an are...
Microsoft recently released service pack 1 (SP1) of Windows Server 2008 R2, which includes the Dynamic Memory option.  This new feature is meant to aid memory management across a Hyper-V host with multiple guests.  Previously the memory assigned to a guest was static and couldn’t...
Last week I took part in a special Infosmack recording at the HDS Bloggers’ Day.  You can find a link to the recording here, via The Register; http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/29/hds_storage_virtualisation_podcast/ Unfortunately we still didn’t have the Hu v Claus bench...
If you weren’t already aware, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 includes an iSNS (Internet Storage Name Service) as a standard feature.  You can install it by starting up Server Manager and clicking on the “Features” item in the Server Manager tree.  From there you can lo...
As previously mentioned, last week I attended the second HDS/Hitachi Bloggers’ Day, this year located at Sefton Park in the UK.  Setting the event on this side of The Pond (rather than requiring me to take a 10,000 mile round-trip) was certainly a benefit and I welcomed the lack ...
I’ve been reading a book called “The Mighty Micro” by a namesake of mine, Dr Christopher Evans, a computer scientist from the 1970s, who sadly died at the age of only 48, not long after his book had been published. I’m currently into the chapter discussing middl...
In a double whammy, we have two potential storage beers events happening this week. Tonight (sorry for the late notice), there will be a meetup at the Royal Oak in Windsor from 7pm (Tuesday 22nd), prior to the HDS Bloggers Day taking place Wednesday and Thursday.  The pub’s locat...
This week I’ll be attending the 2nd HDS Bloggers Day, to be hosted in the UK.  Apart from myself, there will be the following attendees: Devang Panchigar – @storagenerve – www.storagenerve.com Greg Knieriemen – @knieriemen – www.iknerd.com Nigel Poulton – @nigelpoulton – www.ni...
Here’s a cautionary tale for those of us who are constantly enveloped in storage and computing in general. A while back I posted on Twitter how I was listening to the “click of death” from one of my home lab storage arrays.  I have 21 HDDs within 6 feet of my office d...
For those of us in the UK, this week marks a milestone in computing, being 30 years since the ZX81 home computer was released to the British public.  There’s no doubt that Clive Sinclair, inventor of the pocket calculator (amongst many other good and some dubious things) helped k...
Windows Storage Viewer (WSV) version 1.1 is now available.  I’ve made some major changes since the previous version: The main Server tab now also displays details on physical drive count and iSCSI objects Three new tabs have been added; iSCSI Portals, iSCSI Sessions & Drives...
I recently recorded a VEEAM Community Podcast with Rick Vanover.  You can find the podcast on Podbean here: http://veeam.podbean.com/2011/03/06/episode-9-%E2%80%93-virtualization-storage-with-vaai-and-other-smarts-on-disk/ Be sure to check Rick’s podcast out; it’s new and t...
Vodafone (UK mobile phone network) are blaming today’s outage to a large number of their customers on a break-in at their data centre in Basingstoke.  There are no specific press releases on their website (this link fails badly) however comments on Twitter indicate tens of thousa...
In the world of x86 server virtualization, there’s no doubt that VMware’s vSphere dominates. This 2010 IDC virtualization report shows VMware as the only company in the upper right segment of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. However Citrix (with Xen Server) and Microsoft (with Hyper-V)...
I’m not really a Command Line Guy (although I have no problem with scripting) but since the days of ISPF, I’ve preferred to use GUIs.  So following up on my post last week I thought it would be nice to have a GUI version of my iSCSI checker.  You can download version 1 of m...
Seems like Chris Mellor has struck a raw nerve with EMC and in particular Chad Sakac over this article he wrote for The Register.  Unfortunately Chad’s response makes him appear more like a spoilt child than a marketing professional who’s prepared to take the rough with the...