We got us some new storage

After a couple of months of negotiation's and specification checking, we finally were able to place a new storage order for replacing our current IBM Sharks and DS4300 (fiber) disk systems. We decided to go for 1 kind of box, even though we could save money on some midrange storage systems. We have had our share of nasty experiences with the mid-range boxes, so we decided never to make any concessions on reliability again. For the next few years, we will be running our centralized data on IBM's DS8300 boxes. Two to be precise. One in…

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We got us some new storage

After a couple of months of negotiation's and specification checking, we finally were able to place a new storage order for replacing our current IBM Sharks and DS4300 (fiber) disk systems. We decided to go for 1 kind of box, even though we could save money on some midrange storage systems. We have had our share of nasty experiences with the mid-range boxes, so we decided never to make any concessions on reliability again. For the next few years, we will be running our centralized data on IBM's DS8300 boxes. Two to be precise. One in…

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It got hot, global warming?

According to hear-say information, the bigBlue datacenter in Bruxelles, Belgium was struck by fire last week. Their twin-center concept presumably did not work, and most of it's operations went dead. Even the high-availablity type applications seem to not have survived. I've been checking all possible resources, but I wasn't able to confirm this yet. A week or two before, A health insurance company was out of business for at least a week, also due to fire. Their CEO said something along this line when he was requested for DR budget; "What are the…

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It got hot, global warming?

According to hear-say information, the bigBlue datacenter in Bruxelles, Belgium was struck by fire last week. Their twin-center concept presumably did not work, and most of it's operations went dead. Even the high-availablity type applications seem to not have survived. I've been checking all possible resources, but I wasn't able to confirm this yet. A week or two before, A health insurance company was out of business for at least a week, also due to fire. Their CEO said something along this line when he was requested for DR budget; "What are the…

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The best don't always win

The storage deal on disk replacement is over. A decision has been made. Are we happy? Sure, why not. Did we get what we want? Well, technically we had a better option, but financially, we couldn't refuse this final offer. The financial gap between the winner and the runner up, was just to big. The technological differences aren't enough to justify the extra investments. So we didn't get the best money could buy, but we did get a good deal, and we do get good storage for these euros. Besides, the big-iron players'…

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The best don't always win

The storage deal on disk replacement is over. A decision has been made. Are we happy? Sure, why not. Did we get what we want? Well, technically we had a better option, but financially, we couldn't refuse this final offer. The financial gap between the winner and the runner up, was just to big. The technological differences aren't enough to justify the extra investments. So we didn't get the best money could buy, but we did get a good deal, and we do get good storage for these euros. Besides, the big-iron players'…

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Data deduplication

It has been a while, but here's something I am trying to figure out for some time now. We've bought a Diligent VTF with ProtecTIER (data deduplication on virtual tapes) in the first quarter this year. The main reason was that nice feature where we could store up to 25 times the amount of actual disk space we had available for virtual tape. Since then, almost all virtual tape vendors have some form of data deduplication. I guess this is a flaming hot feature. The big-irons are lagging behind a bit, but no doubt they will…

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Data deduplication

It has been a while, but here's something I am trying to figure out for some time now. We've bought a Diligent VTF with ProtecTIER (data deduplication on virtual tapes) in the first quarter this year. The main reason was that nice feature where we could store up to 25 times the amount of actual disk space we had available for virtual tape. Since then, almost all virtual tape vendors have some form of data deduplication. I guess this is a flaming hot feature. The big-irons are lagging behind a bit, but no doubt they will…

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