Category Archives: IBM

The first law of the Time Lords

Let me share a war story with you (one that I swear is true). In the year 2000 an Ansett passenger jet, loaded with passengers, was preparing to push back from the terminal in Sydney.   But there was a timing … Continue reading

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IBM Scripting Tools for SVC and Storwize has been updated

The Rebalance script for IBM SVC has been updated.  This is the first update I have seen since 2010.     This release of the SVCTools package will now work on the Storwize family of products without modification and it can … Continue reading

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Murphys Law in Action

A friend of mine recently had a problem while installing a new SAN24B-4 (an IBM 2498B24, which is a rebadged Brocade 300 Fibre Channel switch). The problem was simple:   It was dead. The switch would not power up.  Swapping … Continue reading

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Enhancement requests for IBM SVC and Storwize V7000

If you have ever wanted to suggest ways to enhance IBM products you should check out the IBM RFE Page here:     http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/ I was blissful unaware of this page so found it rather fascinating to check out some of the … Continue reading

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Storwize V3700 – First impressions

The IBM Storwize V7000 has a new stable mate:  IBM’s hot new seller, the Storwize V3700.   I recently got a chance to try one out and I liked what I saw.  I have always tried to share useful information on … Continue reading

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IBM Storage WWPN Determination Guide v6.6

For those who used my IBM Storage WWPN Determination Guide, there is finally an updated version (v6.6).    You can find it right here: IBM Storage Systems WWPN Determination Version 6.6 New additions are the Storwize V3700 and the DS8870.

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Hard drive retention

It’s a story that has been repeated many times:   You buy a shiny new storage system….. and it is beautiful. Then…  a disk fails, which takes just the tiniest bit of shine off. No problem you declare!  You place … Continue reading

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