Category Archives: SAN

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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Some scripting hints for checking your Storwize firmware version

I am in the habit of writing mini-shell scripts to paste into an SVC or Storwize terminal to create mini reports.  While the GUI does make all this quite easy, I am quite often remote from the machine, or at the … Continue reading

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The third law of the Time Lords

There is a great old saying that the marvellous thing about standards is that there are so many of them….  and things don’t get much worse than date and time formats.   Are we using DD-MM-YY or MM-DD-YY or DD-MM-YYYY…   I … 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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The evolution of IBM SVC connection choices

IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) has offered Fibre Channel Storage Virtualization since June 2003.   Two SVC nodes communicate with each other via fibre channel to form a high availability I/O group.  They then communicate with the storage that they virtualize via Fibre … Continue reading

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Is this the most annoying sticker in IT?

Anyone who reads this blog knows I am a big fan of Brocade SAN switches. But I am reduced to a Friday rant about the crummy sticker they insist on putting over the power inlet when you install them.   … Continue reading

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