Did some pNFS proponent slip a love potion into the coffee at EMC? Suddenly it's pNFS time at the company known for its reluctance to embrace file sharing and filesystems in general. The purple prose is flying, with Chad Sakac declaring himself "a big fan of the application of NFS" and Chuck Hollis extolling the "inherent simplicity and ease-of-management of NFS." The NetApp … [Read more...] about Is NFS v3 Really That Bad?
Something big is happening in the IT infrastructure blogging world: Previously-independent bloggers are being hired in droves by the major hardware and software vendors, particularly EMC and VMware. What does this mean for the community? This series of articles investigates the impact that this transition will have on the IT infrastructure community. Why Do Vendor Bloggers … [Read more...] about Vendor Bloggers 1: Why Does It Matter?
Hiding in the shadow of the huge VMware vSphere 4 announcement was a very interesting introduction by EMC: PowerPath/VE. As I mentioned in my post on storage changes in vSphere 4, PowerPath/VE plugs into the new pluggable storage architecture (PSA) found in vSphere 4 versions of ESX and takes over the decision-making and heavy-lifting tasks related to communicating with storage … [Read more...] about PowerPath To The Virtual People
EMC completely took over April 14 to launch their next-generation Symmetrix enterprise storage system. Sporting their new V-Max architecture, the Symmetrix (let's just call it DMX-5, ok?) is a scale-out system based on standard components wrapped together into a multiprocessing powerhouse. This news is so fresh you would leave footprints if you step in it, but here's a … [Read more...] about Tracking EMC’s Symmetrix V-Max Launch
When is a solution integrated and when is it a Frankenstein-like mashup of tangled tech? Apparently, that line is crossed when it's your competitor's offering... In my time in the storage industry, I've seen enough franken-storage come and go to make me skeptical whenever a new "integrated" solution is announced. But a lot of this stuff works just fine, so I also know that … [Read more...] about The Difference Between “Integration” and “Frankenstein”