Monthly Archives: September 2011

Do you trust your VMware administrator?

I know the walls are coming down… but there are still many organizational barriers that can exist in IT.  How about: The Networking team (who may possibly be allied to or at war with the firewall/security team) The Storage admin … Continue reading

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Are you seeing timeouts on XIV management GUI 3.0?

I have had some reports of clients upgrading to XIV GUI 3.0 and seeing occasional timeouts connecting to their XIVs.   This is annoying management issue rather than a data access issue. This appears to only occur when the machine … Continue reading

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Zoning is not physical separation

I see this comment occasionally and it makes me bristle: “Disk and tape traffic must be in separate zones because they have different characteristics. If they are in the same zone this can cause performance problems or have other adverse … Continue reading

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Portable XIV!

Now that IBM is shipping the XIV Gen3, a new version of the XIV Host Attachment Kit has been released:  version 1.7.   This new release brings in support the XIV Gen3 (or more specifically, XIV Firmware 11.0).   You … Continue reading

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XIV Gen3s are shipping!

Three quick facts for you: 1)  XIV Gen3s are now shipping. 2)  Orders for XIV Gen3 are flowing in. 3)  The XIV Release GUI is available for everyone to download and use. Links for the GUI are here.   My … Continue reading

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Mostly keeping it simple

One of the things I like about creating host definitions on XIV, Storwize V7000 or SVC is that for the vast majority of host types, the default choice is the correct choice.   This saves me having to specifically tell … Continue reading

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Here is a picture you won’t see in a Redbook

If your familiar with IBM Redbooks you will be familiar with the group photograph that appears at the start of the book.   I was surprised to learn that there are quite a few rules on what can and cannot appear in … Continue reading

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