May 2008

Search Term Tuesday – May 26th Edition

by Dave Graham on May 27, 2008


This is the second edition of the same post. Evidently, WordPress doesn’t like it when I fat-finger in Firefox 3.0 Beta 5. Grrrrr…..

So, what is “Search Term Tuesday” (or any other day of the week, even)? The principle of it is this: grab some of the focused searches out there that land on this site (i.e Flickerdown) and attempt to respond to them with more data. Deal? Let’s begin, then.

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Designing Storage for Microsoft SQL

by Dave Graham on 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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It’s not about the money…

by Dave Graham on May 5, 2008


…or is it?

Sometimes, I think we spend too much time worried about how much X solution is going to cost without looking at the big picture. I’ll be quite honest with you: a $25,000.00 array IS expensive to SMB, regardless if a Commercial or Enterprise account rep thinks otherwise. “What’s the value that the $25,000 array is going to bring you? Is it truly worth that cost? etc. etc.” have to be the questions swirling through the minds of any competent IT Director/Admin, etc. After all, the last thing you need in your Data Center is deadweight.

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