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.
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.