Are you using the features of your existing platforms? And, if not, why not?

This is going to be another post that was inspired by sheer frustration.

It’s one thing talking to someone about adopting a totally new platform and meeting with resistance – I get it, it’s not what they’re used to, it’s new stuff, they don’t know if it will work etc. etc.

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More tales from the field: Sizing best practices – does Compellent follow them?

Another one came in. I’ll keep calling the offenders out until the craziness stops. Fellow engineers – remember that, regardless of where we work, our mission should be to help the customer out first and foremost. Then make a sale, if possible/applicable. I implore you to get your priorities straight. If it looks like you’re losing the fight, figure out what your true value is. If you have no true value, you always have the option of bombing the price. But please, don’t sell someone an under-configured system.

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EMC’s incredible marketing and the FAST fairy tale (and a bit on how to reduce tiers)

I’m in MN prepping to teach a course (my signature anti-FUD extravaganza), and thought I’d get a few things off my chest that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while. Some Stravinsky to provide the vibes and I’m good to go. It’s getting really late BTW and I’m sure this will progressively get less coherent as time goes by, but I like to write my posts in one shot.

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Protecting your existing legacy storage investment with virtualization “do’s and don’ts”

It’s an undeniable fact that many customers, while they would love to use the highly advanced features of modern disk arrays, have already made a big investment in legacy storage. Sure, it doesn’t have all the great features, but it’s already there, frequently there’s a lot of it, and the maintenance isn’t expiring for another year or two so it’s not economically feasible to get rid of it.

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More FUD busting: Deduplication – is variable-block better than fixed-block, and should you care?

Before all the variable-block aficionados go up in arms, I freely admit variable-block deduplication may overall squeeze more dedupe out of your data.

I won’t go into a laborious explanation of variable vs fixed, but, in a nutshell, fixed-block deduplication means that data is split into equal chunks, each chunk given a signature, compared to a DB and the common chunks are not stored.

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