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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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CloudCall #1: Schedule of Events

by dave on March 22, 2009


I’m anxiously looking forward to tomorrow’s CloudCall event.  I’ve previously published the bridge line information here and all that’s really left is a “schedule” for the call. So, here you go!

Topic:  Cisco Unified Computing/Communication Server

Call Schedule:

  • Introduction and Topic Exposition – 5 minutes
  • Open discussion on the applicability of Cisco‘s UCS for public/private clouds (virtualization) – 50 minutes

Some of the chatter around Twitter, etc. has been about the server infrastructure of the UCS platform versus, perhaps, the solution as a whole.  I want to hear from YOU as to what you think is going to happen and its implications.

See you then!

 

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Private Clouds & Storage: Considerations

by dave on February 13, 2009


One of the current “hot” topics within the IT industry these days is the concept of cloud computing.  While there is a level of ambiguity around what cloud computing actually is, there is a definite trend towards looking at what these cloud services and storage can do for the commercial and enterprise.

Private Cloud Challenges

In a previous posting, I talked about the concept of a common cloud file system or cFS.  Some folks responded on Twitter that perhaps IBM‘s GPFS filesystem (as a part of their SOFS strategy) could indeed fulfill that role for the cloud.  As an additional twist, PaaS “connectors” such as SnapLogic, et. al. that seek to tie front-end processes or applications to underlying cloud services could simply provide a API hook to entities like Nirvanix, GoGrid, Amazon S3, etc. for handling discrete storage functions (with the obvious implications of data access/protection SLAs being separate and distinct from the middleware providers).  The provision for this changes when you start talking about privatizing the cloud.

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Atmos Foundations: Hardware

November 11, 2008

Yesterday, I took a look at Atmos from a software standpoint.  While Atmos is truly a “software” solution, there is an element of hardware to examine as well.  Truth be told, it’s not as interesting as the core Atmos offerings but, there are some notables.  We’ll start with a quick look at 3 basic configurations […]

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Atmos rising…(from Maui)

November 10, 2008

Today is the official GA of EMC‘s latest-n-greatest product, Atmos.  For all intents and purposes, you probably have heard of Atmos under a different guise:  Maui.  In any case, I’ll be taking a look at some of the features and functionalities of Atmos as well as potential integration points for your business.  Finally, if you’re […]

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