Naughty or nice?

Now that I have caught your attention especially with the word naughty as that probably does a good job of describing me.....  The phrase is mentioned with (mostly) children around Christmas (sorry to all non Christians out there but this is related to a particular event and time in the year) and if you have been good, Santa Claus/Father Christmas/St Nick, etc, etc, will reward you.  I thought my 46 inch Sony Bravia Full HD 1080p LCD TV (and perhaps a new BMW M5) was as good as it gets but I was mistaken.…

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Naughty or nice?

Now that I have caught your attention especially with the word naughty as that probably does a good job of describing me.....  The phrase is mentioned with (mostly) children around Christmas (sorry to all non Christians out there but this is related to a particular event and time in the year) and if you have been good, Santa Claus/Father Christmas/St Nick, etc, etc, will reward you.  I thought my 46 inch Sony Bravia Full HD 1080p LCD TV (and perhaps a new BMW M5) was as good as it gets but I was mistaken.…

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2008 is almost upon us.

I have had a relatively average year in my semi beloved profession as if it could go wrong, it did this year (2007).  Can you believe in such things as double disk failures in one of my USP's parity groups?  Then there is the <grumble grumble> average service from IBM WRT to DS4000 series has made my life very miserable to say the least.  Add to that the issues with HSSM and HTnM.  Then incidents such as ISL's dying with DWDM…

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2008 is almost upon us.

I have had a relatively average year in my semi beloved profession as if it could go wrong, it did this year (2007).  Can you believe in such things as double disk failures in one of my USP's parity groups?  Then there is the <grumble grumble> average service from IBM WRT to DS4000 series has made my life very miserable to say the least.  Add to that the issues with HSSM and HTnM.  Then incidents such as ISL's dying with DWDM…

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Archiving - policy or just doing it the easy way.

Perhaps it is because I am getting older but is there anyone out there that understands archiving?  I was at a presentation at HDS last Friday and I raised archiving as part of something that we were looking at.  HCAP came out of the woodwork but it did nothing to make me feel good about archiving.  A feed at the RM site said that archiving had pushed storage software demand during the last quarter.  I eagerly followed the link but found nothing that suggested what software was being used.  I was actually gobsmacked to…

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Archiving - policy or just doing it the easy way.

Perhaps it is because I am getting older but is there anyone out there that understands archiving?  I was at a presentation at HDS last Friday and I raised archiving as part of something that we were looking at.  HCAP came out of the woodwork but it did nothing to make me feel good about archiving.  A feed at the RM site said that archiving had pushed storage software demand during the last quarter.  I eagerly followed the link but found nothing that suggested what software was being used.  I was actually gobsmacked to…

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Events/alarms and hopefully we get the right ones.

To be honest, Storage has always been my second choice of a vocation as my heart has been with Enterprise Management Systems for a long time.  I seem to go through cycles of it along with high end Solaris/Oracle work.  I actually thought that HSSM/HTnM was a good mix with what I do now.  That was until our Management Station was decided to be Microsoft MoM and some dinky (read cheap and not well supported) management solution that was not Openview or Smarts Incharge was used. Today I was happily zoning away (while surfing…

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Events/alarms and hopefully we get the right ones.

To be honest, Storage has always been my second choice of a vocation as my heart has been with Enterprise Management Systems for a long time.  I seem to go through cycles of it along with high end Solaris/Oracle work.  I actually thought that HSSM/HTnM was a good mix with what I do now.  That was until our Management Station was decided to be Microsoft MoM and some dinky (read cheap and not well supported) management solution that was not Openview or Smarts Incharge was used. Today I was happily zoning away (while surfing…

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