Archive for July, 2010

Why Try Harder? It’s Just A Game.

Imagine you’re the director of IT operations at a large company. Imagine that these fall under your standard operating procedures:

  • Backups of some major systems only happen every few months, and require everything shut down.
  • When you do regular backups of other systems, everything has to be shut down.
  • Systems crash regularly, and you only know when the users complain.
  • When systems crash, your response time is measured in hours or even days.
  • Data is frequently lost or corrupted, and restores take a half dozen people a week to perform.
  • Your Dev and Test systems are somebody’s laptop or desktop, or almost totally different from production.
  • When you do maintenance or take systems offline for “special” maintenance lasting hours or days, you don’t tell users why or what.

Shocking, isn’t it? Sounds like the most mismanaged disaster ever, belonging to a company that either doesn’t rely on IT or won’t be in business very long, right? Continue reading ‘Why Try Harder? It’s Just A Game.’

Another Week, Another TwitPiss

One word comes to me here. Just one.

Why?

Seriously. I’m not going to get into the details of the what or the why or the who. I’m just not. I always have and always will refuse to get dragged into TwitPissing. Not only that, but if you check my about me page, you’ll find a badge and a link to Blog With Integrity. I take that pledge seriously; I will never attack people. It’s disrespectful, it’s unprofessional, and it’s not conducive to conversations and discussions. Continue reading ‘Another Week, Another TwitPiss’

HDS Geek Day 0.9 – Storage as a Service

You know, I’ve rewritten this post more times than I can count now. It’s long, long overdue. Which is extremely frustrating to me. Really, the problem is two-fold. First, the initial write just seemed… too glowing. There are caveats and catches. Second, EMC shut down Atmos in the middle of the writing process, which raised an issue that couldn’t go unaddressed. End result? Struggling to find a balance between the good and bad, especially when you’re dealing with a new frontier where not all of these things have been exposed yet.

So I’ve struggled to find that balance to provide an accurate and factual evaluation of HDS’ Cloud Service for Private File Tiering (or “The SaaS”) product, which will be rebranded by several major service providers. Continue reading ‘HDS Geek Day 0.9 – Storage as a Service’