Tech Field Day is a wonderful way to learn the strategic direction of enterprise IT companies, and perhaps no one gets a better view of that than I. After all, I attend Wireless Field Day, Networking Field Day, Storage Field Day, and Virtualization Field Day, hearing about the latest developments in tech, from distributed WiFi designs to software-defined networking and network … [Read more...] about Could The Age of IT Automation Finally Be Here?
After a very, very long wait, Apple has finally updated the Mac Mini, their entry-level "bridge" Mac. It's amazing that, after 19 months without an update, Apple's new Mini looks exactly the same as the old Mini. But what's under the hood matters, and Apple delivered a mixed bag there. The new Mini is an excellent home server, which is how mine will be used, but some poor … [Read more...] about New Mac Mini Is A Diamond In The Rough
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