Life with Qlogic’s 5802V: Part 1

by dave on October 21, 2009

If you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Qlogic.  I appreciate the functional simplicity of what Qlogic designs encompass as well as the “get business done” attitude that they bring to their switches, HBAs, NICs, and CNAs.  Imagine my happiness, then, when I got ahold of one of their latest “edge” fibre channel switches, the SANbox 5802V.  The SANbox 5802V follows the typical edge-switch formula: 20 SFP ports for either 4Gb/s SFPs or 8Gb/s SFP+, 4 stacking ports that default at 10Gb/s Fibre Channel connection and can be upgraded to 20Gb/s FC when additional bandwidth is needed, a serial and IP-based management port setup, and dual redundant power supplies (the 5802V ships with 2 PSUs; the 5800V model ships with only 1).

SANbox 5802V

SANbox 5802V

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Transition to the Cloud

by dave on August 4, 2009

Well folks, it’s been fun being your “EMC Technical Consultant on the Interweb.” (there are more of us, trust me. 😉 ) It is with great happiness, however, that I get to report that I’m moving over to what has to be the most exciting innovation within EMC in the short time I’ve been here: the Cloud Infrastructure Group.  Something about the cloud moves me to fits of joy (or generally, paroxysms of short-lived hysteria) and the EMC Atmos product line, in particular, is really the future of where I see storage moving.  So, what does this mean to you, my faithful readers?

Well, I’m definitely not giving up my virtualization bent. Honestly, cloud computing is a really simple extension of virtualization and I think this is going to be the basis on which storage and technology will develop.  Abstracting the physical has always been of particular interest to me, so, this will be maintained.

I’m also not giving up on core products. Trust me, I’ve learned to love Clariions, Celerras, Centeras, Symmetrix for all that they bring to the table from a performance and capability standpoint.  That being said, again, I think the future holds some interesting developments for these products as EMC continues to push onwards and upwards into the cloud and virtualization space.

I will be adding in a lot more cloud content (i hope) as i dig into Atmos and Atmos Online product sets and hopefully, we’ll be able to discover together how EMC’s cloud vision can be realized in YOUR environment.  I’m honoured and excited by the challenges being offered me and I hope to see ya’ll in the cloud!



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Refreshing Celerra: New Models + New Features

by dave on February 23, 2009

As you probably have heard by now, EMC has refreshed the Celerra line a bit. With today’s announcement, we’ve added the following hardware models to the fold:

  • NS-480 with 2 or 4 datamovers
  • NS-960 with support for up to 960 drives
  • NS-G8 with support for up to 8 datamovers and connectivity to Symmetrix & CLARiiON systems

Now that that’s been covered, let’s cover some of the other details across the line…

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VMware ESX alignment document for EMC Clariion & Symmetrix

February 18, 2009

For folks that were on today’s VMware Communities Roundtable live podcast, mention was made of partition alignment under VMFS & the storage array being used. To that end, here is EMC’s document on VMware ESX connectivity to EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage which covers partition alignment.
Document is here & Powerlink Location.

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Clariion AX4-5: Practical Implementation Considerations – Part 1

December 23, 2008

I’m typically in the position of designing storage solutions for external customers based upon established protocols and best practices here at EMC.  We design based on our work with Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, etc. and the solutions development that happens with these partners.  It’s definitely an exciting challenge to take a customer’s needs and wrap them […]

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