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VIDEO: Flickerdown’s Christmas Wishlist

by dave on December 24, 2009


Ok, ok….I know I should actually write stuff out from time to time, but, seriously, the Flip UltraHD makes this waaaay too easy…

In any case, here’s a quick (11 minutes…sorry…) video with my DataCenter wish list….(some of these items have already been answered, but, I’ll let you discover that in some of my postings in early 2010).

Flickerdown.com: Xmas Wishlist from Dave Graham on Vimeo.

Of course, my wishlist is full of cool things like Cisco UCS and C-series servers, Nexus and Arista Networks switching, Qlogic CNAs and switches, Mellanox and Qlogic QDR infiniband switches and clusters, and EMC V-Max, CLARiiON, and Celerra (of course Atmos is implicit) storage systems. What’s on YOUR list?

As I’ve said before, Merry Christmas and may you know PEACE and JOY in the new year!

cheers,

Dave

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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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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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Storage Fabric Lifecycles: An Overview

December 12, 2008

Continuing the thread of explaining the roles of storage fabrics that we’ve come to know and love (FCoE, Infiniband, 10GbE iSCSI, etc.), @rjhintz asked the following question:
What’s the expected technical life of a storage fabric install today before it’s upgraded to a new generation or forklifted out?
There are a few significant events that precipitate storage […]

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Fibre Channel over Ethernet or Infiniband: a Response

December 8, 2008

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Over at Cisco, there is a post from April, 2008 on the FCoE vs. IB argument that was written by Dante Malagrino. What follows is MY perspective (not my employers) on the FCoE vs. IB argument that he puts forth.
a.) Historically, both IB and FC have been more difficult to manage than competing […]

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