The musings of an IT Consultant:


January 31, 2011  10:53 PM

Battle of the storage!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
3PAR, Compellent, HP, Storage

Hi folks! So as you know there was an all out bidding war for 3PAR where HP and Dell were concerned. Well now Dell has purchased Compellent. How much? Apparently to the tune of $820 million. This was a much cheaper deal than the 3PAR acquisition. The questions is, will they be able to leverage...

January 31, 2011  10:38 PM

Storage failure?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
EVA4400, Fiber Channel, HP, Storage, storageworks

Hi folks! In the world of storage, there is storage, and then their is redundant storage. The question is, what do you have? I've always advocated purchasing storage that has redundancy built in with a lot of hot swappable parts. Otherwise you are just in for a whole lot of trouble when there is...

December 31, 2010  9:20 PM

HP and 3PAR

Posted by: Raj Perumal
3PAR, enterprise storage, HP, SAN

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that earlier this year HP acquired 3PAR. What is 3PAR? 3PAR is one of the leading storage vendors in the enterprise market today. Their solutions are perfect for virtualization and the cloud strategy. With HP's acquisition, they are...

December 31, 2010  7:42 PM

CES Rumors – HP to reveal quad core Sandy bridge notebooks

Posted by: Raj Perumal
CES, dv7 4000 and 5000, HP, notebooks, Pavilion, quad core, sandy bridge

Hi folks! So as I mentioned before CES is coming up. For those of you that don't know, this is the yearly electronics trade show that all the major companies showcase their new products at. CES is usually the place where big announcements are made. Well this year at CES it is rumored that HP...

October 31, 2010  9:07 PM

Best practices configs

Posted by: Raj Perumal
best practices, Cisco, configs, HP

Hi folks! When you configure as many switches and routers as me, it helps to keep some sample configs around. If you are a network consultant you will probably get to see your fair share of networks. In your travels you might see new and nifty ways of configuring things. Everytime you find a...

October 31, 2010  8:08 PM

Jumbo Frames and Switch Support

Posted by: Raj Perumal
2510G, 2910AL, HP, iSCSI, jumbo frames, per port, per vlan, ProCurve Networking, SAN

Hi folks! So you've decided to install a new iSCSI based SAN in your environment and realize your existing switch doesn't support jumbo frames. What do you do? Well you could just go out and buy a new switch to support just the iSCSI or you can stop and think for a second. You see you can buy...

June 30, 2010  8:54 PM

Extending your LAN wirelessly

Posted by: Raj Perumal
bridge, Cisco, extend lan, HP, wireless

Hi everyone, one of the common questions I get is how a business can extend their LAN when they can't use normal wiring to do so. This inevitably leads to a discussion about wireless technologies and how this can be implemented. I am a big proponent of using some of Cisco's and HP's gear in...

May 31, 2010  11:48 PM

iLo is your friend

Posted by: Raj Perumal
HP, iLO, servers

Hi folks! So have you ever been remotely managing a server when all of a sudden you lose connection and you can't get access to the server again? I'm pretty sure every tech has! Enter HP's iLO. This is old technology from HP that has been around for quite some time. It stands for integrated...

March 31, 2010  10:28 PM

Hard core storage at a great price point!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Enterprise Virtual Array, EVA, Fiber Channel, HP, SAN

So for those businesses that need critical storage for those critical apps, what do you do? There are a plethora of storage options out there, but the ones you need for those really critical applications can cost an arm and a leg. Well I wanted to tell you a little bit about the HP EVA. This is...

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...

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