How many SAN people are bald?

OK.  I am.  What I have left is probably deeply rooted and I doubt I will lose much more but is my lack of hair related to my constant SAN problems over the last year.  Perhaps it just fell out or I pulled it out.  I am still determining the cause. Some time ago, a poster was complaining about Windows and I never really wondered about it but recently, I am starting to come to the conclusion that one year in a Windows shop has caused me more problems than at least five in…

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History being re-written?

My first external fibre attached storage was in the mid 1990's.  It was a Sun RSM200 (I think) and I used Veritas VxVM 2.4 (or whatever Sun called it then).  I was impressed.  I had all these disks in trays (9 disks per tray, 9.1 GB disks and 5 trays).  That was pretty big storage in those days.  I was able to carve up these disks to one or two E4000 servers (as thats how many ports were on the controllers the RSM2000 had).  I had the…

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2008 - one month gone already.

Its been pretty quite on the ole blog front and I put it down to the enormous workloads on people.  I think I have done more in the last month than I did during the last few months of 2007.  Unfortunately, that is not by design.  One of my pet hates is back at it again and that is HP P Class blades and their enclosures.  Its amazing what a "hardware" fault in an enclosure can do to a SAN fabric and eventually storage on IBM DS4800's.  I…

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Capacity Management - 2008

I am curious about this thing called Capacity Management.  Sure, a few years ago, a lot of people had jobs related to it and even now, some people are doing it.  But, it has always been a Mainframe thing to me.  There are words that stick in my mind like DASD and MIPS.  Let's think about this.  How many people out there know what Edlin was.  No hints like I gave to the 20 something Windows guru's at work.  I feel old.  Its probably because I am…

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Naughty or nice?

Now that I have caught your attention especially with the word naughty as that probably does a good job of describing me.....  The phrase is mentioned with (mostly) children around Christmas (sorry to all non Christians out there but this is related to a particular event and time in the year) and if you have been good, Santa Claus/Father Christmas/St Nick, etc, etc, will reward you.  I thought my 46 inch Sony Bravia Full HD 1080p LCD TV (and perhaps a new BMW M5) was as good as it gets but I was mistaken.…

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2008 is almost upon us.

I have had a relatively average year in my semi beloved profession as if it could go wrong, it did this year (2007).  Can you believe in such things as double disk failures in one of my USP's parity groups?  Then there is the <grumble grumble> average service from IBM WRT to DS4000 series has made my life very miserable to say the least.  Add to that the issues with HSSM and HTnM.  Then incidents such as ISL's dying with DWDM…

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Archiving - policy or just doing it the easy way.

Perhaps it is because I am getting older but is there anyone out there that understands archiving?  I was at a presentation at HDS last Friday and I raised archiving as part of something that we were looking at.  HCAP came out of the woodwork but it did nothing to make me feel good about archiving.  A feed at the RM site said that archiving had pushed storage software demand during the last quarter.  I eagerly followed the link but found nothing that suggested what software was being used.  I was actually gobsmacked to…

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Events/alarms and hopefully we get the right ones.

To be honest, Storage has always been my second choice of a vocation as my heart has been with Enterprise Management Systems for a long time.  I seem to go through cycles of it along with high end Solaris/Oracle work.  I actually thought that HSSM/HTnM was a good mix with what I do now.  That was until our Management Station was decided to be Microsoft MoM and some dinky (read cheap and not well supported) management solution that was not Openview or Smarts Incharge was used. Today I was happily zoning away (while surfing…

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