This Data Storage Server is BAD News for Big Storage! I think you'll agree with me when I say, "There's never enough storage on-hand for backups, archives, file shares and virtualization..."Ever since I unboxed a QNAP I've been obsessed with how amazing they are.I love technology and QNAP Turbo NAS Rocks! And not just because it saves $1000s.Imagine a data storage server that can be … [Read more...] about White Box Storage that Rocks! Great for SME
I've been managing IT staff for a few years now and aside from physical violence, I've seen some amazing demonstrations of amygdala hijackings. Wow, that's an interesting phrase for an IT manager, right?I learned this term a while back while listening to Dr. Daniel Goleman talk about emotional intelligence.After hearing Dr. Goleman's explanation about how our brain is constructed, and how … [Read more...] about Are Amygdala Hijacks Making Your Team Too Hard To Work With?
What did we learn in the last 12 months? In case you missed my articles or eBooks over the last year, I'll summarize them for you in 3 actionable groups of takeaways:How IT is struggling to keep up with technology changes. (Read) How our sweet virtualization jobs are changing and expanding. (Read) What needs to change for IT to improve service delivery? (Read)Trouble Keeping Up … [Read more...] about 10 Operations Management Takeaways
Is Docker buzz worrying you? Years ago I had a guy on my team who had a cool saying for any time someone would get worked up about something. He would tell them... Keep your shoes on! Keeping Your Ops Shoes On Let's face it, there's always going to be something new coming along to change our world and we need to just adapt and learn to roll with the punches.Docker will not replace … [Read more...] about What Do Docker Containers Mean For Ops? (The Docker Book Review)
Build Your Own Storage Solution! Reflecting on my trip to VMworld in 2009, I recall storage was already moving to the forefront of virtualization technologies.Hmm...has much changed in 5 years considering VMware’s announcement at VMworld 2014 was about VSAN? But stop right there because I’m not going to talk about VSAN right now. There's something much more important I want to share … [Read more...] about 3 Open Source Storage Software Alternatives For Beginners
Are Dirty Shutdowns causing your NetApp ONTAP Update to Loop? In this post I'll share what I learned recently about NetApp ONTAP v8.x. Let's talk "Dirty-Shutdowns!" Beginner Alert: Mark this page because some day you might need it. This is a must know for newbies managing NetApp storage. What are Dirty-Shutdowns? A dirty-shutdown can happen for a number of reasons, for example:A … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk Dirty Shutdowns (NetApp ONTAP Update Problems!)
Bullet Proofing Storage! My body still cringes when I remember the moment I heard the news..."The storage crashed!"It was 4 years ago (2010) when I lived through a large-scale outage that was caused by a SAN failure. Which BTW, according to experts, "Should have never happened", but it did.For 7 straight days my team and I orchestrated the recovery of nearly 500 virtual servers that … [Read more...] about Re-Thinking Storage Architecture (Is VSAN A Better Plan For Failures?)