May 2009

Where Community Begins

by dave on May 21, 2009


#helpnick

Nothing tends to solidify a community more than a cause that hits each of us at our base element: our physical being.  In this case, we’ve seen a massive explosion of support within the storage community with folks from NetApp, HDS, HP, IBM, and EMC (amongst many) coming to the aid of Nick Glasgow who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.  I’ll let Mark Fredrickson tell the story on his blog, but on a personal note, this strikes very close to home.

When I was in college, my brother had a friend who struggled with (and ultimately succumbed to) leukemia.  The devastation of your body attacking itself is bad enough and layering chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants over the top ravaged his body and mind.  What brought him peace in this time was his faith and his community.  The support he had from other people was immense and, when his time came, he left in peace knowing that all around him, people saw past his sickness and his despair and came to his aide, strangers and friends alike.

So, here we stand at another crossroads and the gauntlet has been thrown. Will you answer this call to be a part of something bigger, something more powerful than a storage system or cloud concept? Nick transcends us all with a simple request for help. Do what you can, as often as you can!

Please use the #helpnick hashtag on Twitter.

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Iomega eGo: Fashionable Mobility

by dave on May 19, 2009


As you’re probably aware by now, Iomega just launched their new line of eGo portable drives with increased capacity and protection capabilities. While this may seems to be a superficial change for those used to other portable harddrives (from other manufacturers that shall not be named), it’s worth a look into the technology to see what Iomega has added to the mix.

The Hardware

Iomega eGo Harddrive

Iomega eGo Harddrive


The Iomega eGo is available in a plethora of colours (yes, I used the word “plethora”) like blue, silver, and red and has a very sleek, aerodynamic shape to it, similar to a rounded and somewhat flattened rectangle.  It uses a single mini-USB connector (type B, if I recall correctly) and comes complete with a data cable and a product quick start guide.  Of note, the data cable has two Type A connectors to allow for additional power if your system doesn’t pass enough voltage down the wire.  The drive activity light is blue and is located next to the recessed data connector on the underside of the drive.  Small rubber feet on the bottom of the drive do allow for some measure of stable stacking with other eGo drives.  Let’s be honest, however; if you’re stacking multiples of these drives, perhaps an IX2 or an IX4 would better serve you?  Capacity-wise, the eGo comes in 250Gb, 320Gb, and 500Gb flavours (red only on the 250 and 500s).

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A Cultural Shift

by dave on May 18, 2009


It’s interesting to people watch at a conference.  You get to appreciate the reach and depth of EMC‘s product portfolio which is represented best by the customers and employees that both use and create this technology.  Sometimes, it’s hard to segment the two.  But, at the end of the day, it’s incredible to be able to put faces with names, voices with the inevitable typing foibles and prose that we’ve all come to know and love.

So, why is this a cultural shift?

In some of my conversations with both old guards and new, it’s amazing to see the diversity of opinion on how EMC is approaching the social media scene.  We, of course, embrace technology and it’s inherent capabilities for promoting a message (look at our recent Symmetrix V-Max launch for an exemplar), but in the same sense, we’re oftentimes afraid of what the end result can be.  Does more customer engagement necessitate an openness that requires us to “bare all” or do we evaluate and control the message that we’re sending?  These type of questions are inevitably answered by trial and error.  We try process A, we determine its failure and time of death, and move on to process B.  At EMC World, we’ve actually brought a new vigor to Process A (i.e. the Blogger‘s Lounge) and to be honest, it’s a HIT.  Rubbing elbows with some of the “internal greats” like Chuck Hollis, Barry Burke, David Spencer, Len Devanna, Stu Miniman, Jeff Browning is an awesome opportunity, to say the least.  Learning at the collective “feet of the masters” in this regard is an opportunity seldom gained.

It’s also a blessing to meet with our partners and customers.  People like Chris Evans, Joe Kelly, Ed Saipetch, Devang, etc.  as well as some of the analyst folks like Dave Vellante, Greg Schulz, and others. (sorry if I’ve missed your name….there have been a LOT of people ripping through here.) At EMC, we learn a lot from the folks that are in the trenches daily using our product and providing feedback based on their usage (or mis-usage which oftentimes allows us to develop new integration points ;) )

Anyhow, I’ll end this for now but if you’re around, drop by the Blogger’s Lounge @ EMC World.  would love to meet you!

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Deploying FCoE: What you need to know

May 11, 2009

So, my good friend Stu Miniman (@stu on Twitter) put out a video a few months back extolling the virtues of FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) for the next generation data center.  This video, while fascinating, didn’t answer the underlying hardware questions that we all had: What the heck does all this stuff look like?  […]

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