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Enterprise Computing: Vendor Guarantees

My previous post regarding HDS and 3Par’s savings guarantees generated a few replies and rather than respond in comment, I’ve written an additional post in case I rant on too much. First thought: vendor guarantees need to be genuine; no hiding behind obtuse configurations that help to fluff the figures, or restrictions on the type of data suitable for reduction. ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: 3par and HDS – 50% Saving – Guaranteed?

In the past week, both 3Par and HDS have announced a 50% guarantee on reclaimed storage if customers move data from existing “fat” legacy arrays to 3Par storage or use HDS thin provisioning technologies.  The 3Par news release is here; the Hitachi news release is here. The 3Par guarantee is presented with a caveat: The above is intended to highlight ... Read More »

ESXi: Learning The Hard Way

They say that you learn the most when you make mistakes and things go wrong.  Well, last night I certainly must have learned a lot.  What started as a simple physical re-organisation of my hardware turned into a rebuild of my production VMware ESXi server – finishing at 1am.  Here’s what happened. Failing Disk I started by shutting down and ... Read More »

Virtualisation: Learning The Hard Way

They say that you learn the most when you make mistakes and things go wrong.  Well, last night I certainly must have learned a lot.  What started as a simple physical re-organisation of my hardware turned into a rebuild of my production VMware ESXi server – finishing at 1am.  Here’s what happened. Failing Disk I started by shutting down and ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Is 2010 The Year for iSCSI or FCoE? Place Your Bets!

It’s pretty traditional to start the year looking at what will be prevalent in the coming 12 months.  In this opinion article, I will discuss whether we’ll see the prevalence of iSCSI or FCoE and what we can expect, looking back this time in 2011. History and Background on iSCSI iSCSI as a concept was first developed by IBM in ... Read More »

Virtualisation: Windows Blob Storage vs Amazon S3

This post is a guest posting from Jerry Huang from Gladinet and discusses the differences between Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure and the Amazon S3 platform.   This month, Microsoft transitioned Windows Azure Platform from public preview mode to full production mode. Azure Storage is part of the Azure Platform and competes directly with Amazon S3. It is great news for cloud storage consumers ... Read More »