Are you the kind of person who always wants the best? Does an upgrade that costs as much as the original item sound like a good investment? Are you the owner of a 2009 Mac Mini? Then you're in luck! Apple's latest firmware update allows nVidia-based Mac Minis to be upgraded to 8 GB of RAM! With 4 GB SO-DIMMs now available for about $250, this means you can be the envy of the … [Read more...] about Got Excess Money? Upgrade Your 2009 Mac Mini RAM To 8 GB!
Archives for October 2009
Apple today revised their desktop computer lineup, including a quick refresh of the already updated Mac Mini. The new Mini lineup sports faster CPUs, larger hard drives, and an interesting twist on the hacks we've all already been performing: A dual-hard disk drive Mac Mini Server with no optical drive! Maybe we won't need to upgrade the Mini right out of the box anymore... … [Read more...] about Mac Mini: Apple’s Inexpensive Server
Single-parity RAID is under attack. Caching is the hottest trend in storage. The end of the high-performance disk drive is imminent. What happened? Increasing areal bit density has caused disk capacity to grow much faster than disk performance. A presentation at Storage Networking World by Ronald Bianchini of Avere exposed the mathematics of this phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Flush Time
This summer, I presented three use cases for public cloud storage at the Nth Generation Symposium in LA. I will reprise this presentation next Wednesday (October 21) in Columbus, OH within the excellent confines of TechColumbus. This is a free lunch-time event (sponsored by Nirvanix) and all are welcome to attend. Please register if you plan to attend so we can plan lunch … [Read more...] about Columbus, OH Event: 3 Enterprise Storage Problems You Can Solve Today
I am spending a few weeks examining the truths and fictions that bind our industry together. Let's start with one of my favorite old canards: That enterprise storage must be overpriced because bare disk drives are so cheap. I have seen this straw man argument set up by so many throughout my career that it has become laughably predictable. Every time a new high or low point … [Read more...] about The Dumb Disk Fallacy