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I recently joined TechDirt; here’s my first post if you’re interested!! http://thefutureofstorage.com/archives/23 _uacct = “UA-1104321-2″; urchinTracker(); Read More »

Drobo Update

I’ve had my Drobo for a few months now. For those of you not familiar with the technology, the Drobo is a storage device from a company called Data Robotics. Follow the link above to their website for full details. I’d been looking for a decent home/home office storage device for some time. RAID support was a must and initially ... Read More »


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 »

May The Force Be With You

Just had to share this with everyone if you haven’t already seen it… On a PC (or server) with Internet connectivity, type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” (without the quotes). Assuming you have telnet and your firewall allows it, sit back and enjoy! _uacct = “UA-1104321-2″; urchinTracker(); Read More »

When Storage Planning Goes Bad

I was chatting to colleagues today and we were reflecting on an installation which had just completed and needed another additional storage tranche installed. Ironically, the initial disk installation on the new array hadn’t been fully implemented because the vendor “forgot” to install the full quota of cache in the array. Although this was a simple gotcha, it reminded me ... Read More »

Multi-vendor Storage

Reading Chuck’s blog during my vacation, I stopped on his comment that multi-vendor environments are on the decline due to their complexity and the hassle of dealing with multiple vendors. I have to say that firstly, I don’t believe this and secondly and companies with large storage environments would be mad not to consider a multi-vendor setup. The reasons people ... Read More »