Category Archives: IBM XIV

Why the IBM SSIC is the best place to get your supported hardware information

Its been a while since I last blogged, but here is something that might interest you.  To spice things up I even recorded a quick video blog of the same information you will find written here.  So skip the video … Continue reading

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XIV Mobile Dashboard on Android!

Much as I have been a bit of an Apple FanBoy for some time, its becoming apparent as I look around at all the smart phones that seemingly surround me, that more and more of them are Android.   So I … Continue reading

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Why does my enterprise storage need batteries?

There are two fundamental characteristics that every user expects from their Enterprise Storage: It should be highly available. It should never lose your data. Neither of these things have anything to do with performance, or with snapshot features, or with … Continue reading

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Why ALUA is a very cool acronym

For way more years than I want to accept, most operating systems were clueless about Fibre Channel networks.   Totally clueless. Of course I am kinda talking ancient history… plus my expectations of now distant operating systems like Windows NT … Continue reading

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IBM makes some very cool storage announcements

IBM has today announced a whole swag of planned new features across the entire IBM Storage product line.  You can read the announcement letter here and I have also dropped the text at the bottom of this blog post (to save … Continue reading

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SPC results can be a Pirates playground

We know the preferred hangout of the traditional pirate is a deserted island (preferably one with lots of coconuts and a tame monkey or two).  But in Storage IT, the preferred Pirates hangout is definitely the SPC results page. There is … Continue reading

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Performance and bench-marking tools

So you need to do some disk performance testing?   Maybe some benchmarking?  What tools are out there to help you out?   Well I am glad you asked… here are some that I use on my daily travels: IOmeter … Continue reading

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