Monthly Archives: August 2011

Redbook Diary: Week One

For the next few weeks I may not blog as frequently.  It’s not that I am tired of writing, but I will be writing on a different subject:  Helping to update the four XIV Redbooks. IBM Redbooks are one of the many ways that IBM differentiates itself from its competitors. They are very detailed how-to guides that

Space Efficiency of a Different Kind

When your buying a car it’s worth opening the boot (that’s the trunk for my American friends) and looking at the spare to see what kind it is.  Car manufacturers sometimes choose to sacrifice a full spare to save space (or cost). I can understand the motivation, but there is nothing worse than having a flat

What was your first computer?

I was inspired by this article on CBC News regarding the 30th anniversary of the launch of the IBM PC. That’s right, on Friday August 12, 2011 the IBM PC turned 30. The IBM 5150 Personal Computer Of course there were plenty of alternatives out there, but the IBM PC set standards that changed the

Can you control the power?

Here is a little test.  Check your documentation:   Do you know how to power down and power up the equipment in your computer room?   If you had to power off your site in a hurry would you know how?   If you wanted to script a shutdown, could you do it? Here are

XIV Gen3 spot the differences part two: Open the door

Last week I talked about the differences between the XIV Generation 2 and XIV Gen3 by just looking at the rack.   This week we open the front door to see if we can spot any more differences… First up you notice that it looks almost exactly the same…..   but appearances can be deceiving. So what

IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter – updated!

he IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter version 2.5.1 is now available for download and install.   This version supports XIV, SVC and Storwize V7000 as per the versions on the following table (the big change being support for version 6.2): Product Firmware version IBM XIV® Storage System 10.1.0 to 10.2.4x IBM Storwize® V7000