The musings of an IT Consultant:

February, 2010


February 28, 2010  9:54 PM

BlackBerry Bold 9700!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry Bold 9700, Curve 8900, RIM

Hi folks! For all you BlackBerry fans out there, RIM has come out with a new BlackBerry Bold called the 9700! This device is roughly the size of my current favorite BlackBerry the 8900. What's so great about the 9700? Well like I said before, it's much smaller so it's easier to carry around and...

February 28, 2010  9:49 PM

What do you do with unsupported storage?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, iSCSI, repurposing old storage, secondary storage, unsupported hardware, VMWare

Hi folks! Now here is a problem that is plaguing few people with the introduction of vSphere 4. A few people who bought SAN iSCSI storage in the past with their old VMware 3.5 environments find that their hardware is no longer supported in vSphere 4 on the HCL. The hardware might still work, but it...


February 28, 2010  9:41 PM

Another software storage offering



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HP, HP StorageWorks P4000 virtual appliance, LeftHand, VMWare, VSA

Hi folks, in the last few posts I've been focusing on virtualization and storage. This brings to mind another great option and that is the LeftHand VSA option from HP. Recently HP acquired the company LeftHand which specializes in storage. One of their products is a software offering called the...


February 28, 2010  9:04 PM

Are your physical servers ready to be virtualized?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
capacity planning, guided consolidation, vCenter, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, one of the common questions in virtualization is, are your physical servers ready? Also how do you tell if they are ready? Luckily VMware has the answer. VMware offers a feature called guided consolidation that comes with vCenter. You can install this from your VMware vCenter...


February 28, 2010  8:18 PM

VM redundancy in a SMB environment



Posted by: Raj Perumal
DL380, HP, iSCSI, ML350, QNAP, SMB, Veeam Backup and Replication, virtual SMB solution, VMWare

Hi folks, so you've decided to pull the trigger on virtualization in your SMB business and want go virtual. Now what do you do about backups? Well you know I've mentioned Veeam before and SANs, but exactly how can you implement this in your environment in a cost effective manner? Well, there are...


February 28, 2010  6:58 PM

Blades, storage and VMware



Posted by: Raj Perumal
blades, c-class blade system, C3000, enterprise, Hewlett Packard, HP, iSCSI, shorty, SMB, Storage, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so one of the common questions I get is, should I go blades or rack servers? I love getting this question because it allows me to talk about some topics I'm really passionate about, blades, storage and VMware. Now when I talk to enterprise customers, this answer is pretty cut and dry....


February 28, 2010  6:43 PM

Thin provisioning is your friend



Posted by: Raj Perumal
FC, iSCSI, SAN, thin disks, thin provisioned, thin provisioning, Virtualization, VMWare, vSphere

Hi folks, so with all this talk of storage it's about time I spoke a little bit about thin provisioning! Now here is a new question I've been asked a lot. What exactly is thin provisioning? Well you might...


February 28, 2010  5:59 PM

Using iSCSI in a VMware sandbox



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, SAN, Storage, VMWare, whitebox

Hi folks! So for those of you trying to figure out how to study and prepare for those VMware certifications, and those of you who want to do test scenarios on VMware what do you do for storage? Well I hope the last two posts covered that off! You see it's quite easy to use the free versions of...


February 28, 2010  5:53 PM

Hardware based iSCSI Storage



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HCL, iSCSI, QNAP, QNAP 459 Pro, SAN, Storage, VMWare

Hi folks, so in the last post I mentioned some software based iSCSI storage options. In this post I wanted to talk about a great hardware based option for the SMB. I'm sure most of you have probably heard about the company QNAP. Well QNAP makes great network storage devices both for home and for...


February 28, 2010  5:45 PM

Cheap iSCSI Storage



Posted by: Raj Perumal
FC, FreeNAS, iSCSI, NAS, NFS, Openfiler, SAN, Starwind, Storage

Hi folks! Sorry for the late postings but I've been neck deep in projects this month! Anyways, I wanted to spend a few posts talking about iSCSI storage options. One of the great things about storage is that there are so many different options. You can go direct attached, FC, NAS, NFS or even...


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