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Fibre Channel over Ethernet has been back on my radar recently, especially as it was touted again at Storage Networking World in Orlando last week. Unfortunately I wasn’t there and didn’t see for myself, although I was in Orlando the week before on vacation. I can imagine if I’d extended or moved the holiday to include SNW that I’d be ... Read More »

HDS and Hardware

I’m away on holiday at the moment (which is a blessed relief, looking at the Easter weather in the UK, no pun intended) however catching up with some emails I noticed the supposed post on Storagezilla’s site that IBM are to purchase Diligent. I nearly worked for the UK arm of Diligent many years ago when they were getting started, ... Read More »

2.5″ is cool

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (the old IBM Disk Division) have announced a 500GB 2.5″ drive for laptops. Not particularly interesting I hear you say, however these latest drives from HGST now come in Standard and “Enhanced Availability” versions. The enhanced version claims to be able to run a 24/7 workload rather than standard day to day access required in a ... Read More »

XiV Part II

Following on from BarryW’s comment to my XiV post, I’ve been thinking over how the XiVarchitecture works. When a disk fails and the missing mirrors need to be recreated, then the data is likely to exist across all or most of the configured drives. Logically it would make sense that the target for the new lost mirrors would be all ... Read More »

Two for the price of one

The holidays are over and it’s back to work for me. In fact I returned yesterday; the break was good however it is also good to be back. It seems that I’ve returned to a flurry of acquisitions. Yesterday there was the heavily reported (on the blogosphere) purchase of XiV by IBM. Tony Pearson gives a summary of the features ... Read More »

SAN Virtual Appliances

LeftHand, FalconStor, Arkeia and Datacore all now offer VMware appliance versions of their products. I’m in the process of downloading them now and I’m hoping to install over the next few days and do some testing. I’ve previously mentioned some VM NAS products which I’ve installed but not reported back on. I’ll try to summarise all my findings together. It ... Read More »