April 19, 2015

Regarding My Symbolic Links and Good Reads

I have a "link blog" of interesting tech articles (and another for personal stuff!)

I’ve been told that my shares drive traffic to the blogs I read. I’m thrilled that I can share great writing with you in this way, and I hope you find it valuable! But just in case you don’t, I hope you’ll take advantage of the fact that I filter these posts for you into “Symbolic Links” and “Good Reads” so you’ll find it easier to ignore them.

Generation 3 drobo: Fall In Love All Over Again

The third-generation drobo is just about the perfect home storage device

I remain a huge fan of drobo generally, and the third-generation drobo remains the best choice for home storage. It’s the perfect storage device for the long haul, and the performance improvements make it a no-brainer. Get one.

EMC and Cisco: “Our Love Will Endure Forever”

No two companies in history have as lasting and productive a partnership as EMC and Cisco. And that love will go on forever, no matter what you may have heard. In this special April 1 post, I’ll examine all the ways these two were meant for each other.

Having Trouble Keeping Your Cool? You Need Some AC Infinity Fans!

The AC Infinity smart controller and fans help cool my computer cabinet

I’m pleased with the solution to my cabinet cooling problems. The AC Infinity fans are quiet and effective, especially in combination with the AI-ATC smart controller. My drives can now keep their cool with the cabinet door closed and I had fun designing and 3D printing the mounting bracket. The best part is the cost: The whole package of fans and controller cost under $60 shipped!

Review: Cable Matters Ultra-Mini 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub

This tiny USB 3.0 hub is mighty useful!

I’m a big believer in USB 3.0, having come to rely on it as part of the Tech Field Day video production workflow. But I’m also a believer in traveling light and reducing clutter in my computer bag. That’s why I’m thrilled about the Cable Matters Ultra-Mini 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub!

3D Print a Seagate GoFlex Dock Adapter for 2.5″ Hard Disk Drives

The adapter and wedge fit just about any 2.5" laptop hard disk drive

The Seagate Free Agent GoFlex Docks were an excellent product, allowing interchange of hard disk drives and connectivity protocols. They made USB 3, FireWire, and even NAS docks for these hard disk drives. But the connector is standard SATA and could be used with any drive. So I created a 3D printable adapter and released it on Thingiverse!

Cloud Services Don’t Buy Boxes, But Service Providers Might

SolidFire's analyst day got me thinking about the difference between service providers and Service Providers

IT is changing, with cloud service providers and DevOps opening new avenues just as traditional datacenters are declining. But I’m always puzzled when a company tells me they’re selling their boxes into the cloud. If there’s a mega-trend for cloud services, it’s using commodity hardware, not proprietary appliances. These guys had better get their heads on straight!

Using NFS to Share Data Between UNIX and Mac OS X


I had a little bit of a learning experience this week regarding NFS exports and Mac OS X that I thought would be interesting to share with my readers. It’s part “simple tip” and part “facepalm.”

Predictable Performance Beats Maximum Speed Any Day

Who cares if your storage system "goes to eleven" if it can't stay there all day long?

Everyone wants to be the best, so outrageous claims of supremacy are as old as time. In IT, these claims often revolve around synthetic benchmarks chosen to highlight a system’s performance. Buyers have grown wary of these claims, smartly asking to try before they buy. But predictability is even more important than real-world testing, and this is particularly difficult for storage systems to achieve.