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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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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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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 into a solution set that allows for performance, capacity, and future growth.  What’s even more exciting, however, is getting the chance to design and implement a storage solution for an internal “customer.”  I figured this would be a good chance to lay out the work that goes on in designing a storage solution coupled with a VMware host solution as well.

I’ll break this journey into several parts and include the appropriate Visios (as permitted).  So, without further ado, let’s get started!!!

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Future Storage Systems: Part 4: Operating System – Conceptual Overview

October 13, 2008

In the previous Future Storage System articles, we’ve covered the basic hardware foundation for what I envision to be a powerful future-oriented storage solution for the commercial midrange.  However, as you’re probably aware, hardware is meaningless without software to provide the operational capabilities that are needed to mange information.  In this article, I will focus […]

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