ZFS should have been great, but I kind of hate it: ZFS seems to be trapped in the past, before it was sidelined it as the cool storage project of choice; it's inflexible; it lacks modern flash integration; and it's not directly supported by most operating systems. But I put all my valuable data on ZFS because it simply offers the best level of data protection in a small … [Read more...] about ZFS Is the Best Filesystem (For Now…)
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." Read on! TL;DR: NFS works (insecurely) if you use all_squash and set anonuid and anongid to match your UNIX user ID The Setup: What I Wanted to Do I have an old Iomega ix4-200d … [Read more...] about Using NFS to Share Data Between UNIX and Mac OS X
Way back in the 1990's, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and ... crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed … [Read more...] about vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?
Blade systems allow compact, stripped-down servers to be mounted in a chassis with shared power and I/O support. Among the benefits of blade servers, efficiency, manageability, reliability, performance and flexibility stand out as unifersal. There are lots of blade systems available today, and even more produced in the past, that include some or all of these capabilities and … [Read more...] about Where Did Blade Servers Come From?
I've been quite busy lately recording webinars, writing articles, and setting up speaking events. This week, I'm in Boston and New York for private speaking engagements. I'll also be recording a webinar with an exciting new storage/virtualization company, Nutanix, and I urge you to tune in to that one! Nutanix is Truly Innovative Watch Nutanix present at Tech Field Day … [Read more...] about Two Online Events You Should Attend (And Two More That You Can’t)