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FUSE Challenge

by dave on July 15, 2009


UPDATE: so, we have a winner.  @saurabhg wins a t-shirt.

So, after a few days of beating around this problem, I’ve come to the conclusion that either I’m a complete Linux tool (likely) or there is something fundamentally wrong with FUSE 2.7.4 and CentOS 5.3 (x86-64 edition). (FUSE = Filesytem in User Space) To that end, I’ve got the following challenge: show me a working FUSE 2.7.4 installation on CentOS 5.3 (64 bit) and provide the procedures for getting said configuration to work and I’ll get you an EMC T-shirt. Free. Gratis.

Rules:
a.) FUSE must be able to be recognized as a LOADED kernel module.
b.) Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. International folks, while I love the work you do, the cost for shipping a t-shirt to APJ or EMEA would far outstrip the time you spent.
c.) Optional: package the sucker up as an OVF or a Virtual Appliance and I’ll double the T-shirt order.

Sound good?

(This is for an Installable FileSystem [IFS] project I’m working on….)

Holler at me on Twitter or in the comments below to get started.

EDIT: I’ve solved the problem (really stupidly easy) but I want to see who else can get this done. Given that this particular IFS installation is designed ONLY for RHEL5, this will point the way towards using somewhat “freer” distributions. ;) Keep it coming!

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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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Symmetrix V-Max Coverage

by dave on April 14, 2009


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Some of this list is mirrored over at The Storage Anarchist but I figured you’d want to stay on top of things. He’ll be posting updates to his list as well. I’m trying to collect some other bits and pieces. These are the particular articles that I liked. 

Updated: 115pm EST

FriendFeed listing for EMC Corporation:

Twitter Feed (using #V-Max and #VMax hashtags):

Barry Burke – the storage anarchist (highly recommended reading!):

  1. 1.055: symmetrix v-max – a revolutionary evolution
  2. 1.056: inside the virtual matrix architecture 
  3. 1.057: symmetrix v-max – scale up, scale out, scale away!
  4. 1.058: v-max does what hi-star can’t?

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CloudCall #1: Schedule of Events

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

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IDC Directions – Boston 2009: The Future is Cloud(y) – Part 1

March 20, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that we’re living in a very difficult and challenging economic time.  All around us, there are stories of companies closing their doors due to depreciated revenues, mergers and acquisitions taking place to absorb the incredible amount of talent that’s being driven into the streets, etc.  In this type of […]

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