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Upgrading storage? Virtualize your data center with it!

Well that is what these guys did. Do note that they were all DAS (my version of Virtualization 1.0). you knew that RAID 5, 6 or even 10 is still a sort or virtualization, right?

"Direct attach storage was not a good way to allocate disk space. We had files spread out all over the place. We knew we had the disk capacity we needed but it did not quite work out: we had a haphazard approach with files stored all over the place and plenty of work moving them around," a situation that was less than optimal for the company's fleet of home-grown applications and the SQL Server database supporting them.

The obvious answer was a storage area network (SAN), which O'Connell quickly decide must use Internet Protocol connectivity.

"Fibre Channel is more expensive to get into," he says. "There is a lot more equipment to buy. So we started looking at iSCSI and saw that EqualLogic was backed by Microsoft. Then we saw a demonstration of their array and fell in love with it."

"It was not the entry-level SAN that most people would think it would be. iSCSI can do everything you imagine."

That "everything" included going into operation without the need for the company to acquire a single new piece of networking hardware.

"We are using our existing Gigabit Ethernet switches," O'Connell says. "We purchased no networking infrastructure whatsoever."

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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here