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Benchmarking VM Fusion storage

I use a Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion, which lets me run a bunch of virtual Windows machines for testing. I upgraded my internal drive to a quick 320gb one a few weeks ago, intending to run all my VMs off that internal drive, making it easier to do testing on airplanes or in coffee…
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HP Virtual Connect Review

We originally rolled out our HP C-Class blade infrastructure with Cisco network & Brocade SAN switches, and I’ve blogged about some of the challenges of lots of blade switches. Today, I’m going to talk about how the HP Virtual Connect equipment solved a lot of those problems for us and gave us a more flexible,…
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HP C-Class Blade Chassis Review

Our shop took a sip of the the HP C-class blade Kool-Aid in early 2007 and liked the taste of it. I’ve got SQL Server running on a few pieces of HP hardware, and over the next few blog posts, I’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of the BL460c and BL680c from a DBA’s…
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Dell EMC AX150i review

Dell AX150i The iSCSI EMC AX150i is resold by Dell, and refurbished versions are available pretty inexpensively through the Dell Outlet. We just picked up our second AX150i with 12 500gb SATA drives for around $6,000 total, or about $1,000 per raw terabyte. It’s a great deal for lab or development storage, but there are…
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Ugly month of outages

The past month has been a real challenge, filled with 70-80 hour weeks and clawing back from one disaster after another. In late June, IBM recommended that we upgrade the firmware on our DS4800 SAN controllers to fix some problems. We obliged, and two days later, our Exchange cluster rebooted without warning. We’d been having…
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