Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used the new box and software, I'm pretty excited too!   3D Baby! One of the coolest things that I think they have designed into the latest product is the ability to manage your storage across three different axis in your data center.  You can go wide by…

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The Three Design Decisions - Choose Two

Someone on Twitter made a comment about a replication solution being expensive.  That particular solution is expensive, but I think that expense is relative to the problem you're trying to solve.  Something I always tell my customers when designing solutions is "You can have availability, performance, or an inexpensive solution.   Choose two."  That's right, no matter how hard you try you can't have all three.  Each slice of the pie requires sacrifice of another piece.  I'd love to hear your thoughts...…

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The New EMC is Pretty Impressive...

I had an opportunity to sit in a day long meeting with EMC and a customer last week. We did a walkthrough of the customers current environment and how we can simplify the overall environment to enable the customer to move to a more nimble, simplistic architecture. The customer has been an EMC customer for a little more than three years now and they have asked me to come in and bring all of the silos of infrastructure into an overall solution architecture. It has been fun so far and I'm looking forward to working with them and EMC over…

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Migrating from ESX 3.5 to vSphere and ESXi

I posted a tweet yesterday about a migration and upgrade I was doing and received a couple replies asking to let them know how everything goes. I decided to create a blog post for everyone to read rather than replying in 140 character tweets. =) Background: This customer has a very simple SMB setup as far as VMware goes. 3 servers in a single cluster, only a few vSwitches per host, and a HDS AMS disk subsystem. They wanted to upgrade to vSphere and are capable of taking some downtime to do it. (Not that downtime is required.) They bought 3…

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Nigel has left the building...

It is a sad, but happy day for me. Nigel, one of the first bloggers here on rupturedmonkey.com is moving on. And it's about time! ;) He has created his own blog over at http://blog.nigelpoulton.com. His posts over there will be deep dives into technology products that he is working with. We have copied all of his past posts here and imported them over there so if you want to read some of his older stuff you can do that. So what is going to happen to this site? Nothing. We will keep going with our initial…

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USP-V and Hitachi High Availability Manager

Well there has been a lot of confusion the past couple days about the latest announcement from HDS about clustering of the USP-V.  I hope to clear up some of the technical details with this post, but I'm sure there will be some questions that remain.First, lets talk about why someone would want to cluster the USP-V.  For me there are only two reasons to do this.First, if I have a box that has been on the floor for 3+ years and I'm having to pay maintenance on it, it might make more sense for me to buy…

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Question About V-Max

Was just thinking through some of the newer storage tech today while driving to and from a customer.  It is widely expected that HDS is going to announce the availability of their clustering of the USP-V line of boxes tomorrow.  We know that the technology has been built into the microcode and hardware since the release of the box so I don't think it's going to be a huge surprise.  So I got to thinking about the V-Max and how it's cache a disk is managed.  I haven't read too many of the manuals yet, so I thought I'd ask…

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Oracle to Buy Sun

Find the new release here.  I think this is awesome news for Sun.  This will keep what they have going strong and streamline some of that are on the fringe.  I think Ellison summed it up best here:"The acquisition of Sun transforms the IT industry, combining best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system - applications to disk - where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves. Our customers benefit as…

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