Storage

Five Nines a Reality with Nimble Storage

System crashes are never pretty.  At best, they’re a nuisance for users who‘ve come to expect 24/7 access. More typically, system downtime means lost productivity, disaffected customers, and a hit to the bottom line. And, the bigger the organization, the greater the vulnerability ­ – and the damage they can potentially suffer.

Data Center Bridging

The last bastion of proprietary networking is continuing to thrive within data centers. SANs based upon good old fashioned fibre channel still support 99% of the world’s storage resources. To their credit, fibre channel networks are extremely reliable, provide high performance, and are simple to administer. On the other hand, they are quite expensive (especially when compared to Ethernet), and they are truly isolated from the rest of the network.
 

Dell/Compellent SC8000 Controller

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Finally got to do our first Dell Compellent SC8000 SAN installation today.  The new SC8000 controllers are based on the Dell r710 servers, no more SuperMicro components.  The one thing that really stood out for me, even though it has nothing to do with technology, was the way the controllers were shipped.  The packing is much more efficient and probably more environmentally friendly due to the smaller/compact boxes.

Rockin the Dell Compellent SAN

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Wanted to share a few quick pics from a SAN install last week here in town, pretty good sized 96 total SAS 6gb disks in eight enclosures...sweet!

Next week, I'm headed to California to install a Dell Compellent SAN in California for large customer.