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Evaluating HP Storage Operations Manager from the customer perspective

HP has a new name in storage resource management and that name is Storage Operations Manager.  I presented today with Kara McMillian at HP Discover about HP’s new Storage Operations Manager product.  Storage Operations Manager, or SOM, is the heterogeneous storage resource management software package used to collect and correlate data about your storage environment. […]

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Squeezing the ultimate performance out of vSphere

Over the course of the past few months, I have had the opportunity to compare physical workloads directly against virtualized workloads.  As workloads have moved into vSphere in the environment that I support, we have had the opportunity to compare workloads head to head, pinpoint some bottlenecks and remedy them in our environment.  In addition, […]

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Learning the 3PAR lingo for the EVA administrator

This is the second part of a multi-part series about 3PAR from an EVA administrators perspective. See Understanding the 3PAR difference in array architecture for the first part of the series. One of the most daunting thing about moving from EVA to 3PAR is the change in terminology.  While the concepts of many things are the […]

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Understanding the 3PAR difference in array architecture

I have been working on this post for well over a year, but it never made it out of my drafts because I didn’t feel comfortable with 3PAR.  That all changed this year with the purchase and implementation of two 3PAR StoreServ 7000 series arrays.  As an HP EVA customer, 3PAR has always been a compelling alternative, […]

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VMware PowerCLI rocks

Its pretty easy to see where I stand on PowerCLI from the headline on this entry.  Disclaimer, I haven’t used it extensively, but I can already see the why VMware has chosen to embrace PowerCLI for scripting.  These are some of my initial thoughts after some light usage — in short, I think PowerCLI is […]

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Path failures on ESX4 with HP storage

Since we began upgrading our clusters to ESX4, we have been having strange “failed physical path” messages in our vmkernel logs.  I don’t normally post unless I know the solution to a problem, but in this case, I’ll make an exception.  Our deployment has been delayed and plauged by the storage issues that I mentioned […]

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Carefully planning ESX4 and HP Storageworks EVA

As in my post about Lessons Learned on ESX4 rollout, we had a pretty serious hiccup with our storage and the ESX systems in December while trying to bring up our ESX4 environment.  The primary trouble uncovered was what I’ll call “controller ping-pong”. An EVA normally has two (maybe more, I’m not primarily a storage […]

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Twas the Night Before New Years, sysadmin style

Twas the night of new years, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The little one had passed out, and we’d put her to bed.  We had all celebrated with Carson, Dick Clark and the rest. Mom in her kerchief and I in my cap, had just settled […]

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