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This is a series of posts reviewing the Compellent Storage Center SAN Array.  Previous Posts: Review: Compellent Storage Center – Part I In this post we’ll discuss the logical configuration, connectivity and protocols available on the Compellent Storage Center array, incl...
This is a series of posts reviewing the Compellent Storage Center Storage Array. Compellent Inc, founded in 2002, produces the Storage Center product, a SAN storage array build around commodity hardware.  In addition to providing advanced features found on newer storage arrays (such as...
There are three new white papers available on the site that may be of interest.  They are: Create a Smarter Storage Strategy http://thestoragearchitect.tradepub.com/free/w_fnet24 Availability and the Cloud http://thestoragearchitect.tradepub.com/free/w_fnet22/ The Economic Impact of Fi...
The ongoing battle for 3Par by HP & Dell tells us much more about the state of the IT Industry than just the desires of two companies to acquire some interesting storage tech.  It signals an acceptance that storage is a key feature in the future direction of the IT industry –...
This is a series of post discussing storage array architectures.  Previous posts: Choosing Between Monolithic and Modular Architectures – Part I In the first post, I discussed the shared storage model architectures typified by what we sometimes think of as Enterprise arrays, bu...
The recent proposed acquisition of 3Par by Dell and/or HP has made me think a little more about the direction the storage industry is taking in terms of their storage array design architecture.  Since storage arrays became a category of devices in their own right, we’ve seen the ...
So there we have it. A week after Dell announce their intention to acquire 3PAR, HP put their cards on the table and trump the Dell bid with an updated offer of $24 a share. This represents a 1/3 increase over the Dell $18/share offer. HP have been pretty acquisitive in the storage a...
I’ve added a new section to the site, which you can find at the top of the navigation bar – “Storage White Papers“.  The selections are free, specifically storage orientated and here are a few examples to get you started: Create a Smarter Storage Strategy Avail...
There’s nothing like a bit of surprise (ish) tech news to generate an off the cuff quick post; here’s today’s tidbit.  Dell are to acquire 3Par. Clearly the Farley Curse has struck again and for a mere $1.15 billion Dell plugs another gap in their storage portfolio. L...
I’ve twice posted now on Data ONTAP 8.0 shortcomings and this evening I did a little more research with the IBM version of Netapp’s hardware, the N-Series products.  Fortunately, IBM are slightly more generous and informative in their documentation than Netapp and this docu...
This is a series of posts on the Promise SmartStor NS4600 home storage server.  Previous posts: Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part I Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part II In this post, we will discuss file layout, formats and protocols available on t...
Well, it appears from comments on recent blog entries that I’m all of the above!  The post(s) in question are as follows; http://www.thestoragearchitect.com/2010/08/02/netapp-the-inflexibility-of-flexvols/ http://storagebod.typepad.com/storagebods_blog/2010/08/and-bod-makes-thre...
Thanks to @ianhf for posting a related blog entry berating Netapp for their lackadaisical approach in delivering features in Data ONTAP that customers really want.  My original post is here; @ianhf’s post is here.  I urge you to read it as it takes what I was saying a whole step ...
I’ve just been reading up on Data ONTAP 8.0 as part of some ongoing work I’m doing.  You may be aware that version 8.0 of the filer operating system brings two major features; 64-bit support and the (sort of) integration of the Spinnaker code to create the multi-node versio...
Transport for London today unveiled their new bicycle hire scheme, hopefully making it easier and cheaper to get around London on short journeys.  You can find details of the scheme here.  The concept is pretty simple; at various locations around central London you can hire a bicycle, ...
I read with interest yesterday’s announcement from IBM that they are to acquire Storwize, a vendor of NAS compression technology.  Maybe I don’t understand enough about the technology, however I don’t see much benefit in installing an application in front of my NAS en...
This week I’ve been catching up with the folks at Hitachi in Japan, including a visit with the Storage Division.  Unfortunately that part of the week was under NDA and so can’t be discussed.  What I can say is what was discussed was extremely interesting and I look forward ...
Unfortunately I can’t blog on the first day of the uValue trip due to NDA restrictions, however what I can do is show you some video.  This is our trip to the electronics district in Tokyo.  We didn’t find anything earth shattering, but after a couple of hours walking aroun...
I have been fortunate to be invited by Hitachi to attend next week’s uValue conference in Tokyo, Japan.  For those who aren’t aware, 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hitachi Ltd, the owning parent of Hitachi Data Systems, so this year’s uValue conferen...
This is a guest post from Patrick Jobin at StoragePipe Solutions, a provider of world-class corporate data protection solutions including online backup and recovery, electronic archiving and business continuity. Despite its mainstream acceptance, Software-as-a-Service is still a very n...
This is a series of posts on the Promise SmartStor NS4600 home storage server.  Previous posts: Hardware Review: Promise SmartStor NS4600 – Part I In the first post of this series, we discussed the basic hardware configuration.  This post will look at connectivity and RAID con...
We are regularly told that checking our own bodies for signs of change is a good thing.  Early diagnosis of disease gives more of a fighting chance of curing the problem.  So, in the IT world, where we assume all of our backups have been taken successfully, how often should we be check...