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Aug 20 2009   1:19AM GMT

Why I love NetApp

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Alongside EMC, NetApp has very generously come good on a promise of storage for my lab environment. The main reason for this is for the new SRM book I’m writing. Well, I say writing I haven’t actually started work on the new edition yet. I felt I needed some downtime from being an author – so work begins on the all new SRM book after VMworld.

This time around I’ve informally asked some folks in the community who I respect to contribute the expertise to the project – so far I’ve approached Adam Carter (Lefthand Networks), Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) – along side that I asked Scott Lowe if he would be willing to contribute because I know he is very strong on the NetApp side of things, and also a respect author like me.

The whole idea is to try to make the book a lot more “vendor” neutral than the first edition. The previous edition was quite heavily dominated by the Lefthand Network’s VSA, which largely resulted with LHN coming forward with NFRs for their VSA appliance.

My other plan is to make the next edition for the SRM book free. That it will be a free PDF to download from LULU, or you will be able to buy (at cost) a printed copy of the book. Either that, or a nominal $5/10 buck mark-up that will either go to charity or used to get the contributors nice and drunk at the next VMworld we all attend. How’s that for encouragement.

Anyway, once again – thanks NetApp for the donation. Now, if I could only persuade HP, IBM or Dell to replace my ageing Proliants, with servers that support VMware FT, I’d be as happy as a sandman. That’s one hell of a hint, eh?

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