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Baking IT solutions for two decades

Newest addition to the SunBaked Labs…

Screen-shot-2011-12-08-at-10.16.21-AMI have been in this business for a long time and during that time A LOT of hardware as come and gone through the office. Today is no exception as I begin welcoming the newest members to the SunBakedLab, a pair of Dell Poweredge T110‘s maxed out and a Seagate Blackarmor NAS 440.  These, along with VMware, will allow me to get even more systems up and running so I can bake even more solutions. Why did I go this route with these particular servers? Since you asked, I’ll tell you. Continue reading

August 25, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized, Home Lab | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Build a better Hadoop…

HAILThe title of this posting is a little misleading because I don’t really have anything against Hadoop. Actually, I love it. What the title SHOULD have said was “Build a better Hadoop Environment”. Those of us in the Data Analytics space know that Hadoop “just works” when configured properly. I have an idea. Let’s put Software Defined Storage under it, and make it run faster while consuming less data. Interested? Read on… Continue reading

August 21, 2014 Posted by | Hadoop, ScaleIO, Software Defined Storage | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to the future (ditch dangerous html email for plain text)

Full%20Email%20Headers%20-%20Pine%204I have a confession to make. I have been guilty of something that I used to avoid like the plague…I have been sending email in html format. Yes…It’s true. Please forgive me if I am one of the people responsible for clogging up your mailbox. I don’t know what came over me, but I notice that it happened when I started using the iPhone several years ago. What got my attention after all of these years? The 11MB email I sent yesterday to my manager. Continue reading

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Security | , , , , | Leave a comment

Under the covers with EMC’s ECS

emc_ecsIt’s been a few weeks now since the excitement of EMC World, and one of the most interesting things that was announced at EMC World was our new “Elastic Cloud Storage” platform, or ECS. This platform was designed with one thing in mind, bringing Cloud storage to the masses at a price that Google and Amazon can’t touch. So, let’s look under the covers at what makes ECS do what it does. In all of the years that I have been in IT, I don’t believe that I have seen a solution that is as flexible as this one really is, and I am not talking about the ECS platform itself. I’m talking about the software under the covers… Continue reading

June 12, 2014 Posted by | Cloud Storage, EMC ECS, EMC ViPR, ScaleIO, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EMC ViPR – One Year Later

EMC_ViPRIn this post we’ll see where EMC’s ViPR is, one year later including a deep-dive into ECS, and the ViPR / ScaleIO integration through the presentation given by the head of my division at EMC, Amitabh Srivastava, President of EMC’s Advanced Software Division. Forward thinking is how you can really solve business problems. Is hardware sometimes required? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. At EMC’s Advanced Software Division, we believe that anything is possible. Continue reading

June 11, 2014 Posted by | EMC ECS, EMC ViPR, ScaleIO | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ScaleIO Product Demonstrations

ScaleIOThere is a great scene in the movie “Days of Thunder” starring Tom Cruise in which they ask him how long he had been driving, and he tells them that he’s only seen it on ESPN…that you can learn a lot about something by watching it. Same thing goes with technology. Here are two great video demonstrations on EMC‘s Software Defined Storage product, ScaleIO. The first demonstration is short and gives a brief overview as well as some technical details. The second demonstration is one that was given at EMC World that gives a bit of a “real-world” feel to it and has some good graphics to help you understand what it taking place. Continue reading

June 10, 2014 Posted by | EMC, ScaleIO | , , , | Leave a comment

#EMCWorld14: ScaleIO or ViPR Block – A brutal paradigm change to innovation

David Meyer:

Excellent write-up on ScaleIO and ViPR. Excited to see others “getting it”.

Originally posted on Your Advantage is Temporary:

I am very excited to see how ScaleIO or also known as ViPR Block will be developing from now on. I had the opportunity to touch and test it at EMC vLabs and get closer to its architecture and the way how to manage storage resources. I was nicely impressed by its capabilities.

I’ve posted a note 6 months ago stating that we could be facing a possible new generation of storage technology. I have mentioned Nutanix as an example of this, the reality of a converged infrastructure that simplify data management architectures. However, I was wondering by ending this very note, “Why does Nutanix need the appliance?”. I thought if It would not better to just sell the software and leave the customer take his/her own decision about what hardware wants to use.

Hardware is being so irrelevant today. We can say most the storage’s vendors turned out into software’s…

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June 3, 2014 Posted by | Software Defined Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS)

ecs-bg3It’s been a really busy week at EMC World 2014, and there are still two days to go! While there have been a number of important announcements and topics discussed, the new Elastic Cloud Storage appliance (ECS) is one of the most important in my opinion for a few reasons, but the biggest reason is that it’s been one year since ViPR was announced, and now it powers our newest platform, the ECS Appliance. There are a lot great write-ups on the technology already, my favorite coming from Chad Sakac (aka, VirtualGeek) – see his write-up here – so I want to take a different slant, and that is the one that either makes or breaks a company…execution. Continue reading

May 8, 2014 Posted by | Elastic Cloud Storage, EMC | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If you can’t be at EMC World 2014, watch it live

For the lucky among us, this is a great week when the best and the brightest minds are gathered in Las Vegas for EMC World where EMC, our partners and our customers mix and mingle to see what is new in the world of IT, and what the EMC Federation of companies (EMC II, Pivotal, RSA, VMware) are doing to take the Enterprise to the next level. Not all of us can attend. For those that cannot, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to view it LIVE on EMCTV. Lots of great content and well worth your viewing time.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | EMC World 2014 | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s EMC World 2014 Time!

EMCWorldIts that time again folks, EMC World starts on Monday, May 5th and runs through Thursday, May 8th at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for this years event is simple: Redefine. What does that look like? Simply put, some of the most advanced and exciting technologies to be announced from EMC in a while, and they are things that will help you redefine how your Enterprise runs. Simply put, this is good stuff, and I am excited for our customers that will benefit from the things that will be unveiled there. Continue reading

May 1, 2014 Posted by | EMC World 2014 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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