New Awesomeness Feature on my list – from Meraki

I sat through quite an amount of vendor pitches. From time to time it’s the small things that differentiate the company and show you their true culture. I keep a list of these small features that have enjoyed me over all these years and I’m ready to share some of them with you. Make-A-Wish button The last feature that has been added to my list is the Merake Make-A-Wish button. I first saw it on their presentation for TechFieldDay at Cisco Live in Milan. It’s basically a button at the bottom right corner of EVERY SINGLE PAGE of the User

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All-Flash is changing your hardware support

A couple of weeks back at Episode 29 of the In Tech We Trust podcast we talked about the the failure rate of flash drives. Apparently, when handled by smart controllers, it is far less likely than we would think. Some DMs with Vaughn Stewart (Chief Evangelist at PureStorage) later we came to the following statement: The failure rate of flash drives at PureStorage, 2.5 years after GA, is less than 10 in 1000’s of deployed drives. This is a truly impressive number. It also helps understand why SolidFire announced “an unlimited drive wear guarantee valid for all systems under

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Cisco NBase-T – lipstick on your Cat5e pig

In January of this year I was invited to join the TechFieldDay crew at Cisco Live in Milan. On Monday we got a whole day of Cisco presentations and the rest of the week we had time to spend on the show floor (and a trip to Lake Como!). The BYOD pipe is just too small The last presentation for the day was for Peter Jones, principal engineer at Cisco and chairman at the NBase-T alliance. He came to present us MultiGigabit Ethernet (2.5Gbps / 5.0Gbps). My immediate reaction was: who the hell needs a 2.5 and 5.0 GbE standard

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Intel & VMware bring HyperSocket Infrastructure

History Virtualization has come a long way. In 1987 RAID (redundant Array of Independent Disks) was the first introduction to obfuscating what was really happening on a lower level to one level above. Dozens of layers of obfuscation have been added over the last 30 years that it is today wildly know as virtualization. It wasn’t until VMware came to market with their server obfuscation that this methodology would be adopted by many competitiors. Intel The direct result of virtualization was that by adding more layers of obfuscation we were able to increase speeds and lower the overall latency. Lately there has been

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Veeam updates – sales reference

Lately I have been asked by resellers in the field in Belgium to help position Veeam at larger accounts. Most of those customers have tested Veeam at one point, either in a full PoC (Proof of Concept) or just in a lab. Some of them got the value immediately, others were not ready to jump but feel themselves forced today to review that statement because their legacy system is still lacking a modern approach to virtualization protection. One of the questions I get at that point is: what has Veeam done since version X.x ? Reverse Roadmap instead of making

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Production storage needs new benchmarks

Dragster Benchmarking I’ve ranted on this more than once. Benchmarks are 99% of the time utter bull… and tell you nothing about what the solution’s real possibilities are, let alone what they mean to your environment. The dragster benchmarks (i.e. SPC-1) are just a show-off competition with little to no value to you. Allow me to bring up a couple of points why; Generally speaking the dragster benchmark is based on 100% 4k-reads. Let me assure you that there is not a single system out there – certainly not yours – that does 100% 4k reads, let alone 4k in

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