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Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

Sun’s Oracle Merger – A marriage made in heaven or a deal with the devil?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the ORACLE/SUN marriage (or dare I say SUN/ORACLE) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled SUN’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime ... (more)

Why Your Storage Isn't Always to Blame

Storage is often automatically pinpointed as the source of all problems. From System Admins, DBAs, Network guys to Application owners, all are quickly ready to point the figure at SAN Storage given the slightest hint of any performance degradation. Not really surprising though, considering it's the common denominator amongst all silos. On the receiving end of this barrage of accusation is the SAN Storage team, who are then subjected to hours of troubleshooting only to prove that their Storage wasn't responsible. On this circle goes until there reaches a point when the Storage tea... (more)

Understanding IOPS

IOPS is commonly recognized as a standard measurement of performance whether to measure the Storage Array’s backend drives or the performance of the SAN. In its most basic terms IOPS are the number of operations issued per second, whether, read, writes or other and admins will typically use their Storage Array tools or applications such as Iometer to monitor IOPS. IOPS will vary on a number of factors that include a system’s balance of read and write operations, whether the traffic is sequential, random or mixed, the storage drivers the OS background operations or even the I/O Bloc... (more)

2010 and the Re-emergence of FCoE

Advocates of FCoE will immediately mention the benefits of simplified network management, elimination of redundant cabling & switches, reduced power and heat requirements, alongside enhanced data network performance yet despite that still today the FCoE revolution failed to take place. But as the enhancement of Lossless Ethernet begins to really take shape with its promise of a non requirement for TCP/IP overheads, CEE / DCE / EEDC are now looking like viable transports for storage traffic and storage fabrics. From the moment 10 Gigabit Ethernet became a reality to the mainstream,... (more)