ZFS wasn't the only AWOL storage technology in Apple's OS X 10.5 - early builds of Leopard included a built-in iSCSI initiator. When the operating system was finally released in October of 2007, both ZFS and iSCSI were quietly dropped, making room for 300 other features Apple felt were more prime-time-ready. With the next major OS X release, 10.6 "Snow Leopard", just around … [Read more...] about Will Snow Leopard Finally Bring iSCSI To The Mac?
The first storage performance horseman is spindles: If you don't have enough disk units, performance will suffer. I have been laying out storage on enterprise arrays since the dark ages, and one of the first lessons I learned was allocating data to avoid hotspots. I remember spending hours back in the 1990's hunched over custom Excel spreadsheets trying to get my storage layout … [Read more...] about How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Storage Automation
Update: Check out the latest multi-vendor iSCSI post! I usually don't write about other peoples' articles on this blog, preferring to stick to my own independent work. But this time I'm making an exception. If you use or are interested in VMware ESX 3.x and iSCSI, you simply must go read Chad Sakac's post on the topic. Co-written with just about everyone in the industry … [Read more...] about Essential Reading for VMware ESX iSCSI Users!
EMC's Chuck Hollis is one smart guy, and a very verbose blogger. As usual, he sparked a bit of a storm recently when comparing unified storage on EMC's Celerra NX4 to NetApp's multiprotocol FAS2020 filer. But it was one phrase in particular that got the attention of Alex McDonald and Kostadis Russos of NetApp, Martin/Storagebod, and Tony Asaro: "just because a vendor says … [Read more...] about Of Emulated Fibre Channel, Virtualization, And The Right Tool For The Job
This is the second entry in my Top-Ten in Storage series. Not every innovative product can succeed in the market, and no matter how good some ideas seem, they can fail to make much of an impact. The truth is, people buy solutions, not technologies. This list includes products so cool, so ahead of their time, that they just couldn't fail. But they did. … [Read more...] about Top Ten Coolest Enterprise Storage Flops