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#3 – The Solution

There are some very obvious things that can be done to reduce my emissions. Here are a few I think may work: Working from home Use public transport rather than drive Use a laptop rather than a PC Virtualise all my “testing” servers to a single unit It’s a fairly weak list. I suppose the problem with this is I’ve ... Read More »

Storage protocols for VMware

I’ve been doing more VMware work recently. The deployment I’m working on is using SAN presented disk. The storage started as 50GB LUNs, quickly grew to 100GB and now we’re deploying on 200GB LUNs, using VMFS and placing multiple VM guests on each meta volume. Now, this presents a number of problems. Firstly, it was clear the LUN sizes weren’t ... Read More »

Buy Buy Buy

More acquisition news; Brocade and McDATA are finally just Brocade after the purchase completes. There’s a snazzy new logo which I can’t decide is like a pair of red angel wings, or some convoluted join of the M and B from the two companies. Personally, I preferred the old logo depicting a fabric, it worked for me. I even had ... Read More »

iSCSI Security Part 2

To tie down my iSCSI test environment I’ve implemented IPsec between client and server. This allows me to encrypt either the traffic or headers of my IP stream. I chose ESP (Encapsulating Security Payload) as this gives full confidentiality to my data, rather than Authentication Header (AH) which provides integrity as to the source of the data. Implementation on my ... Read More »

Is it me?

..or do some people not like comments. Here’s another iSCSI post from Marc Farley at Equallogic. I think he’s saying iSCSI is good. I agree – good in the right circumstance. Marc – either tell me how to or enable comments – please!! _uacct = “UA-1104321-2″; urchinTracker(); Read More »

iSCSI Security Part 1

I’ve done some more work on iSCSI. That meant rebuilding one of my iSCSI client environments as I totalled it by trying to add another drive to the VM guest. Anyway, panic over. I’ve got the client working again and I’ve been running traces to see how easy it is to locate relevant data in an unprotected iSCSI stream. I ... Read More »