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Moving from Block to Cloud: Emulex E3S

by dave on June 18, 2009


It’s not often that I get excited about technology within the storage space. There are notables, of course, mostly that take my love for high bandwidth interconnects (e.g. Infiniband, Rapid I/O) and mash them up with high-speed storage (EFDs, Fusion-IO). That being said, when it comes to the cloud, I’m absolutely estatic when off-the-shelf components can be utilized to get your data from the realm of block-based storage into the cloud-esque realm of object-based storage. Today, we’ll do a quick high level overview of one such technology gives you the freedom of moving from block to cloud (and back).

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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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Going Tapeless in Enterprise

by dave on January 28, 2009


I was asked the other day about the potential for finally going tapeless in Commercial and Enterprise spaces.  Truth be told, this is becoming a more common occurence as those mechanical beasts hit the tail-end of their maintenance windows.  With that in mind, what are some (not all) of the business drivers that move enterprises from tape to disk (or other mediums)?

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