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July 31, 2011  10:59 PM

The pain of snapshots!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup, ESX, ESXi, snapshots, virtual machines, VM, VMWare

Hi folks! So as you know, one of the coolest features of having a VMware virtualized environment is snapshots. The ability to take a snap of a point in time on the server and then revert to it if need be. Lots of backup products leverage this capability to provide virtual machine backups....

February 28, 2011  11:04 PM

Veeam Backup!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
backup, free, VCP, Veeam, Virtualization, VMWare

Hi folks! So if you follow my blog you have probably read about Veeam before. It's one of my favourite backup solutions for VMware environments. Veeam has been steadily improving it's product offering and has always been at the forefront of virtual machine backup solutions in my opinion. Now...

February 28, 2011  7:50 AM

EPIC Technology Day

Posted by: Raj Perumal
3PAR, Epic Information Solutions, Epic Technology Day, Storage

Hi folks! It's getting to be that time of year again. EPIC Technology day is just around the corner! This year it will be on April 12, 2011. We will have David Scott the former CEO of 3Par and now the HP Senior VP for StorageWorks as the...

February 28, 2011  7:08 AM

3 TB Drives

Posted by: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Now that 3 TB drives are available, it's great news for the SMB! Why you ask? Because with 3 TB sata drives you can greatly increase your capacity in an SMB NAS or SAN device. For example, the latest QNAP devices support 3 TB sata drives. In an 8 drive...

February 28, 2011  3:42 AM

Windows 7 Backup

Posted by: Raj Perumal
external storage, offsite, QNAP, SAN, Windows 7 backup

Hi folks! So you want to regularly backup your home computer or small business workstation? What should you do? Well if you are using Windows 7, you are in luck! You can use Windows 7 backup! Windows 7 backup comes with Windows 7 and not only allows you to do a backup, but you can have it...

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...

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...

August 31, 2010  9:11 PM

Running updates on Windows based SANs

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Storage, storage server, updates, Windows

Hi everyone, how many of you have run into problems when running updates? I'm sure a lot of you have. This problem gets larger when doing this on storage devices. There are a few storage devices out there that are Windows driven using Storage Server and you can run into serious issues if you...

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