Say hello to EMC Unity!

Unity system EMCWorld 2016Today EMC announced their new and improved mid-range storage at EMCWorld: say hello to Unity! It will be replacing the VNX1 and VNX2 systems with simple, modern flexible and affordable new platform and can be purchased in either an all-flash or hybrid configuration. There are quite a lot of differences between both the new Unity and the old VNX systems, with a number of improvements (available at GA or later) that make me really, really happy. Let’s dive in!

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On my way to EMCWorld 2016!

I’m just about ready to start my 18 hour trip to Las Vegas for EMCWorld 2016.EMCWorld 2016 first flight AB7000 The first hop to Miami should be a relatively quiet one (if I can get some sleep); on the second I’ll start to prepare for the madness that will ensue next week. The agenda is packed with good events and new product launches…

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Deleting an Isilon folder – Operation not permitted

Deleting an Isilon folder - Operation not permittedWhen deleting an Isilon folder, you might come across some peculiar behavior. When browsing with a file explorer to an SMB share and deleting a folder, the operation apparently succeeds and the folder disappears. When refreshing the share however, the folder is back. Resorting to an SSH session to delete the folder, you get an Operation not permitted error and the rm/rmdir command fails.

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I will be flying out to Storage Field Day 10!

SFD LogoGood news: I will be flying out to Storage Field Day 10 which will take place in Silicon Valley on May the 24th till the 27th. Nine companies will be presenting, of which one company came out of stealth just yesterday! Some of these companies I’ve met at earlier Storage Field Days and I’m looking forward to the progress they’ve made over the last couple of months.

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Deploying RecoverPoint – Part 3 – Deployment Manager

RecoverPoint boxConfiguration of the deployed vRPAs is performed with the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager. This is a tool on your laptop that, using a multi-step process, assigns IP addresses to the RecoverPoint appliances and their various networks and connects these appliances to the VNX array. The previous part of this series discussed the first steps to get into the tool: now it’s time to start entering some configuration data.

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Deploying RecoverPoint – Part 2 – Initial Deployment

RecoverPoint boxIf you’ve met the prerequisites described in part one of this series, deploying the virtual RecoverPoint appliances in your VMware environment should be a straightforward task. Download the latest OVF of the vRPA from the EMC support website and deploy it using the vCenter management console.

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Deploying RecoverPoint – Part 1 – Intro & Gotcha’s

RecoverPoint boxIt has been a while since I’ve written anything about RecoverPoint since my original post on RecoverPoint 4.0 several years ago. To my delight I was recently put on a couple of projects to deploy new virtual RecoverPoint clusters for two customers. Several things had changed since the first appearance of the virtual RecoverPoint Aplliance (RPA), so why not write a small series on the deployment of these appliances? Gotcha’s included!

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Stop calling it disruptive

disruptive dictionaryI can’t read a product paper, marketing presentation or blog anymore without seeing ‘disruptive’ being used every other paragraph. It’s possibly the most hyped word of 2015, and I really can’t wait for it to go away. No matter how many times I read it: it has a negative connotation. Initially I thought it was some weird sort of language gap between English and Dutch, where it somehow has a positive vibe to it in English. But a quick Google query shows that even the English dictionaries agree: first and foremost it’s negative, but “them business folks” want to attach a special meaning to it…

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Nimble Storage launches the Predictive Flash Platform

Nimble Storage CEO unveiling the predictive flash platform
(C) Nimble Storage

On the 23rd of February, Nimble Storage announced their new Predictive Flash platform as an extension of their current product portfolio. It uses the same trusted software, but leverages the speed of flash and advanced analytics to offer higher performance storage. A customer expects data to be available instantly and without delays. Nimble Storage makes sure this is the case based on a three-pronged approach: high density solid-state storage, cloud based management and big data analytics to proactively solve issues before they cause a problem for the business.

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Nimble Storage – InfoSight VMVision

Nimble Storage logoI first met the Nimble Storage team at Storage Field Day 6. Back then they impressed mightily with InfoSight: Nimble’s cloud based management platform for their storage arrays. It offered proactive failure detection by gathering statistics from all Nimble Storage arrays and using that intel to automatically resolve issues before they could become a hassle for the customer. It also allowed the Nimble engineering teams to blacklist upgrade paths, making sure that a known faulty software upgrade did not inadvertedly cause downtime on other storage arrays. Now, a year later, Nimble is celebrating its fifth birthday and I can’t help but notice: it’s come far since the start-up phase.

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