* Posts by SuperFrog

16 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011

Brocade undone: Broadcom's acquisition completes

SuperFrog
Gimp

Re: Was buying FibreChannel a good deal?

Incompetent is way overboard in my mind.

I do architect storage networks but there is a reason for FC to exist.

Right now I see a lot of growth with NVMe-oF. Not just replacement installs but additions to hyper-converged platforms like Nutanix and Simplivity as these companies are finding that the internal storage is not enough and external storage is more cost effective and more flexible.

Not every business wants, needs or is in a position to do hyper-convergence. In one example, a hospital I recently worked with, you have regulatory challenges with respect to where data is stored. In a large bank, with zettabytes of storage, having a dedicated FC network makes sense. Some OS's don't work on hyper-converged platforms. If your a typical small to mid-size enterprise, it may or may not depending on the business.

To be fair, the cloud is eating a lot of storage growth and in my mind that is hyper-convergence problem. Workloads that a company would usually put on them are good candidates for putting that on a public cloud. Other workloads that you would keep on premises, most companies are doing some sort of array.

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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

SuperFrog

Why?

I'm still not sure of the why?

The only way I see this being effective is if you are a company "moving to the cloud" en masse. I don't know too many companies doing that kind of work.

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SuperFrog

Re: Snowmobile

An "merican" truck nonetheless.

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Micron: Hot DRAM, we're still shifting piles of kit, but somebody's missing our XPoint

SuperFrog
Coat

Array vendors lined up yet?

Wait until Dell (ahem, EMC) starts making it a must have. Soon says the salesperson, soon...

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

SuperFrog
Stop

IBM??

I have actually had some good experiences with IBM et al. The trick is someone actually needs to know what they want if they can understand their head from arse.

The other issue I see is I'm not sure why IBM continues to take on these types of jobs as this isn't the first one botched. You start a project and you find through the discovery process that this thing is going south on you. As a PM you pull the project and rescope. Not wait until the explosion to find out you can't make it work.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

SuperFrog
Go

Houston, we have a solution.

Since these things are built in Fort Worth Texas. It's not too much a trouble to send them to Houston. Scholes Airport is next to the water and is available for staging. If these are the B model any boat with a helicopter pad could take them onboard.

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None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who's who in fabric-access NVMe arrays

SuperFrog
Paris Hilton

Re: NVMe and NVMeoF

I left EMC just before the merger. The client I was working for was worried that Mickey Dell would waste no time cutting their R&D. That seems to have been sage advise. Even (Yikes!) IBM's spectrum seems to be kicking their butt minus the stupid pricing. Pure is still giving them fits too. Though there does seem to be the definitive pure camp and the (over my dead body and God sends me to hell) not-pure camp.

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Samba settings SNAFU lets any user change admin passwords

SuperFrog
Megaphone

Samba settings SNAFU lets any user change admin passwords

Someone is on the eh, bean, eh?

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Ohhhh-klahoma! Where Verizon's sweeping legacy down the drain

SuperFrog
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I need a translation

That's the plan from Big Red. Slap a bunch of names on trivial stuff and hope everyone is too stupid to notice.

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Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff

SuperFrog
WTF?

Softbank Duh?

No coincidence that Softbank and Sprint own ARM?

Some "ARM" twisting going on?

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Dell's losses widen in first post-EMC quarter, but nobody's worried

SuperFrog
Coffee/keyboard

What's Really New?

I don't see anything in the HW space that's really new. Different takes on the same theme. Why spend dev cash on HW when you can do cloudy stuff and really make money. It's also an easier sell to (un)informed CIO dumpster diver.

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Pure Storage's coming high-end array: We have the details

SuperFrog

Useable isn't just a myth.

Disclaimer: EMC Customer

The problem with "usable" capacity is every workload is different. When we do RMAN dumps to our XtremIo we only get about 2:1 at best as it's already compressed. When we run our oracle DB's we get more of a 3-4:1 compression rate. So I don't think there is a meaningful way to test a compression/duplication workload. Maybe someone can come up with a testbed?

I know our EMC rep has been bantering about some patent case Pure lost to EMC. (Were about to buy a new array) I wonder if that has anything to do with the missing reduction ticker??

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

SuperFrog
Paris Hilton

I know I'm the oddball.

I actually miss the formatting palette for the mac version prior to 2010. The Ribbon is ok but I miss the screen real-estate that the floating palette allowed me. Had to get a damn bigger screen!

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Storage glitches fell Australian supercomputers

SuperFrog
Black Helicopters

Must be Dell Hell.

I deal in the mess of Compellent daily. The pay is good tho.

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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

SuperFrog
Paris Hilton

Will someone at HP please grow up?

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Is EMC developing storage super-stack?

SuperFrog
WTF?

Yes, NetApp has something to do with it.

More than NetApp though... EMC knew it had a management problem, and not one that is easy to solve. You have three different platforms running three different O/S. Flare/Win Server, DART/Linux, and Enginuity/other. That's a lot to manage for any shop! By using Unisphere and modular components things are finally headed in the right direction.

I don't see Enginuity and FLARE merging anytime soon. Yes there on the same H/W, but the software is very different. Think about it this way... Enginuity is very lightweight, about 1/4 of FLARE. It also contains a static bin file. So when data is sent to the VMAX, the bin logic knows what to do with the data immediately. With FLARE, it has to go through layers of management. Speed through simplicity vs. Simplicity of management. It's a choice.

That's not to say they can't 'borrow' from each other. In fact they have! (Access Logix comes to mind) However, the two will remain discrete and separate.

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