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Enterprise Computing: It’s All About The Process!

I’ve been doing some work at a large financial organisation over the last couple of weeks.  As always, the result of my analysis is that the technology isn’t the main problem.  Let’s face it, most enterprise storage technology is pretty similar; arrays all have similar features – RAID, Fibre Channel support, massive scalability and so on.  Switches are no different; ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part V

This is the final post in a series on Enterprise Data Migration Strategies.  Previous posts: Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part I Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part II Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies Part III Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part IV Previously we’ve discussed how to plan, structure and organise migrations.  In this post, I’ll touch on some ... Read More »

Space Travel and Computing

As everyone will know, today is the anniversary of the first manned space flight landing, and subsequently walking on the moon.  What an amazing achievement it was, made even more incredible by the sheer manual nature of space flying as exemplified by the failed Apollo 13 mission.  I thought it would be interesting to look back at 1969 and see ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: A Myopic View of Unified Storage

I’ve only just stumbled on Kostadis’ video on Unified Storage.  In case you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s his definition: A piece of hardware that has CPU, Memory and disk That supports FC, iSCSI, CIFS and NFS That has a common management console for all storage functions that are not protocol specific Has a single replication mechanism that is ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: When Latency Doesn’t Count

A quick exchange tonight on Twitter with Steve Duplessie (@stevedupe) regarding latency and datacentre location got me thinking again about the whole datacentre location issue which I’d mused over some time ago.   It goes like this; given no latency restrictions, where in the world would you place your datacentres? Clearly the choice would be based on a number of ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part IV

This is a continuing series on Enterprise Data Migration Strategies.  Previous posts: Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part I Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part II Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies Part III So far in this series of posts I’ve discussed the pre-work required in order to get to a position to execute on actual data moves.  In this ... Read More »