Monthly Archives: June 2011

SVC or Storwize V7000 Customer? You have homework!

The Storwize V7000 and SVC release 6.1 introduced a new WEB GUI interface to assist with service issues, known as the Service Assistant.  The Service Assistant interface is a browser-based GUI that is used to service your nodes.  Much of … Continue reading

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Brocade 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switches and Fill Words

I thought I would write a quick post about an issue that’s not new, but is certainly worth being aware of…. One of the interesting tricks with the change to 8 Gbps Fibre Channel is that it required a change … Continue reading

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vriendelijke groeten with VAAI on SVC and Storwize V7000

I recently got a great email from an IBMer in the  Netherlands by the name of Jack Tedjai. He sent me two screen shots, taken with the new performance monitor panel (that comes with the SVC and Storwize V7000 6.2 code). … Continue reading

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Do one thing every day that scares you

If your a user of XIV, or your considering purchasing an XIV, then there is one tool that you will truly love. It’s called XIVTop.   The XIVTop application comes packaged with the XIV GUI and is one of the … Continue reading

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50 years on the job (and counting)

I joined IBM on June 26 1989, so this Sunday brings up my 22 year anniversary with the company.  No small achievement, but I am still three years away from the mystical IBM Quarter Century Club.      Of course … Continue reading

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Sleeping on the job

I wrote a blog post recently about my favourite podcasts.   One of those I listed was Background Briefing,  a radio program broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia’s ABC).    A recent episode entitled Fatigue Factor really sparked my … Continue reading

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IBM Support Site Updates

If your reading my blog, your probably interested in IBM Storage hardware (since apart from Bow Ties, thats all I talk about).   So I would hope your already subscribed to IBM’s notification service that you will find here.   … Continue reading

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