SQL Server with Mr. Denny:


July 12, 2010  11:00 AM

Spin, spin, spin, it’s all about the spin

Posted by: Denny Cherry
NetApp, Storage

So I recently got an email from my NetApp sales rep telling me how awesome the Flash Cache is on the NetApp arrays.  The email was really short and to the point.

Not sure if you've heard about how we're leveraging cache to augment storage performance. Here's a recent...

July 8, 2010  11:00 AM

So what’s up with this storage array that doesn’t use any sort of RAID?

Posted by: Denny Cherry
IBM, Storage

So a few years ago a new Storage concept was introduced to market.  That platform is know known as the IBM XIV platform. What makes this system so different from every other storage platform on the market is that the system doesn't have any hardware level RAID like a traditional storage array...

June 28, 2010  11:00 AM

Slide Deck from this weekends #SoCalCodeCamp

Posted by: Denny Cherry
In Person Events, SoCal Code Camp, SQL Server, Storage

I've just posted the slide decks for my sessions from this weeks SoCal Code Camp.  I'd like to thank everything that gave me great feedback on how to improve the sessions.   Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

June 3, 2010  11:00 AM

Getting EMC Navisphere working on x64

Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC, Windows 7

So a while back I got a new laptop and also upgraded by desktop from Windows 7 32bit to Windows 7 64bit.  Everything worked great, but there was one thing which took me some time to get...

May 31, 2010  11:00 AM

You might be better off aligning your partitions on the server than the array

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Disk Alignment

Hopefully by now everyone knows that they should be aligning your disks.  Now when you use a Storage Array to present the LUNs to the server you may have the option of offsetting the LUN so that you don't need to offset the disk.  If you don't plan on using any of the advanced clone or snapshot...

May 27, 2010  11:00 AM

When using an EMC CX array don’t plan on changing the port that you use for MirrorView

Posted by: Denny Cherry

If you are using an EMC CX storage array, and you plan on using MirrorView to replicate data between two storage arrays there are a few catches which you need to keep in mind that aren't all that obvious unless you read through literally hundreds of pages of documentation. When you go to use...

May 24, 2010  11:00 AM

How do I know if I should be using RAID 5 or not?

Posted by: Denny Cherry

One of the big questions out there is how do I know if I should use RAID 5, or RAID 10, or something else? The answer is usually something abstract like "if you have a lot of writes then use RAID 10, otherwise use RAID 5".  We'll I've finely gotten some numbers from someone.  These numbers are...

May 20, 2010  11:00 AM

When joining fiber switches together you won’t get the bandwidth you think over that link cable.

Posted by: Denny Cherry

So you're going along with your work and you need to add a new server to your fiber channel switches.  However you don't have any more ports left on the switch.  You've got two options, buy two new switches and link each pair of switches (first existing switch to one new switch, second existing...

May 15, 2010  12:59 AM

EMC World Day 4 (The final day)

Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC World, EMC World 2010, Samuel Adams, Tech Ed, Tech Ed 2010

Well yesterday was the final day of EMC World 2010. This was a great conference (see posts for Days -1, 0,

May 13, 2010  4:39 PM

EMC World Day 3

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Celerra, EMC World, EMC World 2010, Emulex, Exchange 2010, FAST, VMware, Xsigo

Yesterday was Day 3 of EMC World, and there were more great sessions packed full of technical information.  Yesterday was also the last day of the exhibit hall being open so it was Apple iPad giveaway day as well, sadly I didn't win one. The first session that I want to recap here was the SAN...

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