UCS Firmware 1.4 support FCoE Direct Attach SAN

Posted on March 13th, 2011 in Announcement, Server, Storage | No Comments »

If you are following Cisco Unified computing solution, here is some good news. The latest firmware version 1.4 is officially support direct attach FCoE Storage protocol without require the additional SAN switch as previous version. Both Netapp and EMC are officially supported and certified to direct attach with the Cisco UCS without a SAN switch require. This will reduce the complex layer it require to deploy especially for those environment who are not FC users previously.

I found some very good post over the internet, you can refer the URL below for more information about the new update provided in Firmware 1.4

Unified Computing Blog

M. Sean McGee

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Unified Storage is the way to move forward for Enterprise IT

Posted on January 21st, 2011 in Data Center, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization | No Comments »

Unified Storage………Sounds new to you? or sounds familiar to you? No right or wrong answer here, but it had become the dream of every storage vendor to offer this to their client especially in mid range, enterprise and virtualization environment. I remembered Netapp was the 1st started this, follow by other competitors in the market.

What is unified storage?

A single platform support multi-protocol such as FC, ISCSI, NFS, CIFS, FCoE and etc. It also support file, volume and block level data access.

You will able to get the unified box from either Netapp, EMC and HDS in the market now.

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Dell offer buy out for Compellent

Posted on December 20th, 2010 in Industry News, Storage | No Comments »

Who is Compellent? May not be famous in our country, but it been 1 of the best SAN solution out there is Others region. They had also participate in the latest VMware vforum 2010 event through the local distributor this year in Kuala Lumpur. Since dell lost the bid to HP for taking over 3PAR Storage solution, many of us had predicted the next move DELL could target would be Compellent. Not a bad choice I will say as DELL do need visionary technology team who can drive the enterprise storage business for them in the long run.

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Simplify DR replication in Virtual VS Physical

Posted on November 26th, 2010 in Data Center, Operating Systems, Storage, Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

I had gone through numbers of interesting discussions with the users I met in the past which talk about the disaster recovery plan in their current and future environment. DR is not a new topic for every enterprise environment, but it is always important for the enterprise environment to have DR in place due to business critical and compliance purposes.  While virtualization continue penetrate into enterprise environment by taking mission critical workload, Disaster Recovery solution become a must to be consider which may require users to redesign their DR solution.

Traditional legacy or standalone environment, we often realize there are many solutions perform replication from primary data center to DR center via host base, storage base or image base replication. All of them has the pros & cons depend what is the objective of the specified DR project users are looking at. DR consistency and usability during DR scenario & practices always the biggest challenge in every IT department today.

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Storage De-duplication

Posted on October 20th, 2010 in Data Center, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization | No Comments »

Storage de-duplication is not a new term in the IT industry. It had been a while since few years back. Many users are confused with this term. Same goes to the Cloud Computing.  Every Storage vendor will claim they have the de-duplication solution today, but they are different from each others as we know.

General de-duplication solution:

  1. Primary SAN de-duplication
  2. Appliance target base de-duplication
  3. Host base de-duplication
  4. Software base de-duplication

I may had missed out some of them, but these should cover majority of the de-deduplication solution in the market today.

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