Future Storage Systems: Part 4: Operating System – Conceptual Overview

October 13, 2008

In the previous Future Storage System articles, we’ve covered the basic hardware foundation for what I envision to be a powerful future-oriented storage solution for the commercial midrange.  However, as you’re probably aware, hardware is meaningless without software to provide the operational capabilities that are needed to mange information.  In this article, I will focus on a general design for an extensible software layer (an OS) that will provide future-oriented capability expansion as well as robust analytics, capabilities, and integration with business continuity principles.  As always, please reference the diagram below.

Future Storage System - Operating System - Conceptual

Future Storage System - Operating System - Conceptual

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Quick VMWare Links

October 7, 2008
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I get asked a lot of questions regarding VMWare setup, etc. and I thought I’d take the time to push this out to the front page on the blog.

This is for Virtual Infrastructure 3: 3.5 Update 2/3:

Main Documentation Page:

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vi_pages/vi_pubs_35u2.html

Quick Start Guide:

Quick Start Guide

Installation Guide:

Installation Guide

Basic Systems Admin Guide:

Systems Administration Guide

Virtual Center Installation Guide:

Virtual Center 2.5 Installation Guide

Virtual Machine Backup Guide:

Virtual Machine Backup Guide

Server Config Guide:

Server Config Guide

iSCSI and Fibre Config Guides:

iSCSI & Fibre Channel

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Off to Orlando…

September 30, 2008

Well, I’ll be in Orlando, FL for the next few days soaking up some good ‘ol EMC goodness (that’d be product, not sun 😉 ).  I should have some really interesting things to report on this month including more information on the CMIS “platform” (announced last month by EMC, IBM, and Microsoft) as well as some newer technology that’s coming in the the following months.  Also, will have a review of the excellent Qlogic 5802V 8gb/s fibre switch available online in a bit as well.

Stay tuned!  Things are going to be interesting.

cheers,

Dave

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Search Term Tuesday: June 17th Edition

June 17, 2008
Typical RAID 10 setup.

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Having missed last weeks Search Term post (which actually was a good thing), I decided to delve deeper into the search term logs and see what the top reoccurring searches were for this week. Imagaine my suprise (or not) when I found that RAID and RAID group expandability was a consistent theme. To that end, let’s begin our overview.

Search Term #1: RAID 1 Group Expansion

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What does an SMB “cloud” look like?

June 5, 2008

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I’m running across the concepts of cloud computing more and more as I enter into accounts across the country. The awesome thing about this is that people are actually thinking “outside the box” and realizing that data is going to need to flow outside the confirms of their locality. Obviously, they’re a little timid when it comes to actually putting their data out there but, the concept intrigues them.

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Designing Storage for Microsoft SQL

May 19, 2008

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s SQL database environment is immensely popular in the market. To that end, EMC and Microsoft have developed “Best Practices” for laying out SQL databases, logs, quorums (for clustering), and TempDb on our arrays. For this entry, I thought I’d provide you with a quick overview of two different disk layouts.

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