IBM Storage Compression – game changer? or late to the game?

Since the announcement of Real Time Compression technology in the IBM Storwize v7000 and IBM SVC disk subsystems, I have been flooded with questions asking …”Is this technology really a game-changer or is IBM playing catch up with the other vendors”? The answer: “It is a game changer because unlike anyone else, IBM compression is

Saying goodbye to the trees – Tivoli Storage Productivity Center

For my inaugural post I’ll highlight one of the biggest changes that has happened in the last couple years of me speaking with customers as an IBM Storage guy. Before I do this I’ll step back; I am the person for Canada that has been blessed with specializing IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and SRM

Announcement – new Blogger

  Announcing a new blogger   Hi Folks. After a short hiatus to take care of some housekeeping, we are back online!! My first order of business is to introduce a new blogger to the site (drumroll) …… Paul Moretto!!! Paul, like myself, works on the IBM Storage pre-sales technical team. He brings with him

VAAI and why Storage Admins should know about it (Part 2 of 2)

  Hi Folks.  Finally – I have been able to upload part 2 of 2 of the series. Sorry for the delay (and thanks to those who sent emails requesting it. Means people are reading).  THe second part of the series concentrates on BLock Zeroing and Hardware assisted locking. Enjoy –   Raj (  

VAAI and why Storage Admins should know about it (Part 1 of 2)

As a Storage technical specialist, I get the opportunity to talk to customers about new technologies that are intended to make life much simpler. Recently, I have been introducing folks to a technology that was originally introduced in 2008 called Vstorage API for Array Integration or VAAI for short. Often, many people describe it as

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) – What is it and why is it important?

Tape-based storage is more relevant today than ever before. Depending on the application and overall environment, tape can be an optimal choice for Backup & Disaster Recovery.  Tape especially shines for large-scale, long-term archiving. When implementing an active archive strategy, tape has significant advantages over disk, both in cost and functionality. Now that software exists to

IBM and the History of Random Access File

IBM in 1953 recognized the immediate application for what it termed a “Random Access File” having high capacity, rapid random access at a relatively low cost. After considering several alternative technologies such as wire matrices, rod arrays, drums, drum arrays, etc., the engineers at IBM San Jose invented the disk drive. The disk drive created