The Destination

by dave on October 22, 2010

So, it appears that I’ve been relatively successful in casting some level of intrigue around where I’m going after EMC. I’ve heard everything from VMware to Acadia to heaven-knows-what and while each of these companies are AWESOME for what they do, they’re not what’s grabbing my attention.

When I started into the cloud space, I was amazed at the capabilities that “the cloud” offered. Whether you choose to use the public, private, or (dare I say it?) hybrid monikers for how you implement a cloud ecosystem, one fact still remains: data needs to moved. Obviously, EMC has spent a considerable amount of time and effort into making solid product set in vBlock and Atmos and the recent acquisitions of Bycast by NetApp, the partnerships with Caringo and Cleversafe by others, et al. all serve to drive this point home. Face it, the cloud is here and it’s not going away.

With that in mind, I decided (and it wasn’t an easy decision) to look at some of the technologies that are being developed in the cloud space and jump in with both feet. The initial brush with this was Atmos. As one of the guys responsible for the development and sustaining of Atmos Virtual Edition (I won’t claim this was my idea by any stretch…there’s a LOT of talent wrapped up in the Atmos group that had input here), I recognized early on that easing transitions to the cloud by “re-using” hardware that was already present was a good thing. Virtualization made this even easier as everyone these days is thinking along those lines…Once I saw the impact that Atmos Virtual Edition had, the next logical step was the migration of block assets to the cloud, whether this be Atmos, S3, Iron Mountain Digital or another technology. To that end, on October 25th, 2010, I will become a Senior Systems Engineer at Cirtas Systems, Inc.

I’ll be writing more on Cirtas and their exciting Bluejet appliance later (as I get into the thick of things) but I’m very impressed with the capabilities that they offer and look forward to working with you (EMC, NTAP, HP, Dell, et al) in this exciting space!

See you on the other side…



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Where Community Begins

by dave on May 21, 2009


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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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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Quick FCoE config overview…

November 19, 2008

Here’s a quick and dirty overview of a FCoE implementation using the Cisco Nexus 5020 alongside legacy Cisco 9222i’s and Catalyst 6500 series FC and IP switches (respectively).
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IT Knowledge Exchange: a valuable resource for IT Professionals

November 11, 2008

If you’re like me, you often reach a critical mass of frustration and/or psychosis regarding a certain manufacturer’s product.  Whether that’s Microsoft, Oracle, NetApp, HDS, etc. (notice, I’ve removed EMC from that list…we’re perfect, right? 😉 ) there’s always a common theme to the angst: solution information.  I’ve noticed that as solutions get more complex, […]

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