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  2. If Microsoft doesn't want to help you on a review, they sure won't help me with a small setup like what I was considering. That's their third strike. What pisses me off about those companies is that they charge a LOT of money for their licenses and support, but the service level they provide is abysmal. If Datacore refuses a comparative review, it's probably because they have something to hide. It at least tells that they aren't totally confident in their product. Nutanix, at least during the pre-sale stage, put a lot of efforts to convince me to go for their solution. I know that it wasn't your experience two years ago though, so I'm quite cautious with them.
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  4. We're about to do another Nexenta review, it's been a while since we looked at them. As to the others: Starwind - don't really know them Datacore - we have tried many times for them to work with us on a review but they refuse vSAN - we've done a lot here and will do more MSFT - they are insanely difficult to work with. We likely will not have content here unless it's in conjunction with a partner of theirs. We're reviewing their Azure Cloud Pack through a partner now and we can't even get a Microsoft product person to take a call with us.
  5. While Gluster has several benefits, the latest update addresses the issue that NAS storage has with scaling metadata intensive operations, particularly with small files (under a few megabytes). The biggest benefit of this would be for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform registries’ storage. According to Red Hat, Container registries, the heart of any container platform, are critical to resident applications and need highly elastic, durable storage. In addition, faster metadata-intensive operations can improve day-to-day operations by as much as 8x, increasing the responsiveness of the storage system at scale and improving the overall end-user experience. Red Hat Announces Gluster Storage 3.2
  6. @FunInFairfax Aah, a nice brisk 24F morning...

  7. I'd just like to make a comment on something that was said regarding the “near-continuous data protection” on the snapshot and replication. Whilst this is true on the shared folders when it's based on BTRFS, the iSCSI LUN snapshots couldn't be further from the truth. We have a 6TB LUN on an RS3614xs, taking a snapshot takes around 1.5 hours (last night 20:00 -> 21:31) and then to replicate this to a secondary system (RS814RP+) takes until 10:00 the next morning! The changes are normally 15->20GB per day, which according to their interface is a transfer rate of 2.3MB/s. Synology use their own system for creating LUNs (a 6TB file within a volume in our case) and then different files for tracking block allocations (normally a 6GB file) and it's just way too slow. I know people may say "Well, there are so many things it could depend on, it might just be your system", but it's hard to believe that, sorry, but that shouldn't explain why I'm getting network transfer speeds like that when the two machines are in the same rack in a 1Gb switch on adjoining ports on the same vlan.
  8. Plus j'utilise la Surface Pro 4, plus j'aime Windows 10. Presque de quoi me faire quitter le Mac !

  9. LG G6 International Giveaway @androidauth #giveaway https://t.co/z35iw6vxJe

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  11. Maybe you think about Starwind Virtual SAN? BTW, reviewing and comparing those solutions (Solarwind's Virtual SAN, Datacore SAN Symphony-V, VMWare's VSAN, Microsoft's Storage Space Direct) would be a great article and I'm sure it would draw a lot of visitors. It would be a fantastic tool for all those looking into software define storage. I've looked into a private Openstack cloud, but one of the goals of the new architecture is ease of management. Troubleshooting Openstack issues isn't easy. Being the sole network administrator of a ten-companies conglomerate isn't my only task. I'm also the IT manager of all this. I deal contracts, purchases, oversee the budget and supervise the L1-2 technicians and when they aren't capable to fix an issue,I'm the one who has to deal with it. The amount of time I have to do my real job, which is supposed to be a network administrator, is quite limited. I don't need something easy to deal with because I'm a moron. I need something simple because I simply don't have the time to do deep troubleshooting.
  12. VMware sees this new class of Optane SSDs as a vehicle to help increase vSAN's utility when it comes to big data analytics, business critical apps and VDI (amongst others). In these environments though the cache is much more active than the use case above, so it remains to be seen just what the P4800X can do when under a diverse load. The potential is promising though, considering the P4800X is just a drop in card with nothing new required at the node or vSAN level. For its part, VMware has done well to show their customers that new technology can be easily included in their HCI stack. VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane
  13. @markpack seems a bit off given what's currently unfolding, Mark

  14. As stated above, the JumpDrive Tough is a USB 3.1 drive that Lexar states can see transfer speeds up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write. An example of what this means in real life would be the ability to transfer a 3GB HD video clip in under a minute. The JumpDrive Tough is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, works on both Macs and PCs, comes with a 3-year warranty, and (like all Lexar products) underwent extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,200 digital devices. Lexar Releases Durable JumpDrive Tough
  15. Don't send the poor guy running for the hills Mitch. I've long not understood why MSFT hasn't done more to either deliver for facilitate HCI for Hyper-V. I think they view Azure Stack as that solution, though I think small orgs will find that difficult or too expensive to adopt.
  16. RT @CalvinZito: Less than 2 hours until today's @Spiceworks webcast talking storage with @BigStrongGeek at 11 AM EDT. https://t.co/PuNTCThI…

  17. What a milestone! #RTP startup AgBiome wins regulatory approval of its first fungicide https://t.co/mxLUGcImE1

  18. For whatever reason it escapes me the sole few Hyper-V focused HCI players out there. Perhaps they are not surviving? Or had to diversify to support other/more platforms? You can always do what the big boys do and just go full on OpenStack, KVM, Docker, etc.
  19. Yep, I've been reminded about Veeam's absence of support for Acropolis. Same goes for Zerto, which I was eyeing for the replication part. I'll stay with Hyper-V. Regarding VMWare, not sure I want to add another 20K$ for something that more or less does the same thing than Hyper-V, but a bit better. So far, my Hyper-V cluster has been good enough. Could be better, it's certainly perfectible, but not worth a five figures investment for the amount of VMs I have to manage. At least in my view. Too bad I'm too busy to try Datacore SAN Symphony-V. Not sure it would save us money. Not sure it's easier to manage either. Not even sure it plays nice with the backup/replication softwares. But the performance numbers posted on the SPC-1 website are amazing considering the low cost of the hardware used. Anyway, breaking benchmark records isn't the objective. Providing a reliable, high availability platform with enough space to store users' data while being fast enough so they don't wait for it, is
  20. Apparently I am not specified even to report a security issue. Groovy.

  21. RT @jamesemarks: Mixed Up Reality #YMS100 @PRICKIMAGE @jamesemarks @DoubleMeVR @hkAlbertKim @RavensbourneUK @scifilondon @JarlgaardLondon @…

  22. The IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex service leverages a new “pay as you use” model of storage tiers, indicating that this pricing model will lower the cost to store and access data by over 50 percent compared to other services such as AWS S3. This new, simplified pricing is especially attractive for clients whose data usage patterns are sporadic, as Flex users can benefit from the cost savings of cold storage for rarely accessed data all the while maintaining high accessibility to all their data. Flex is the result of the acquistion and integration of Cleversafe. IBM Announces New Storage Services & Partnerships At InterConnect
  23. Warning, if you move to Acropolis, your backup architechture will NEED to change significantly. Storage mangement tools, reporting products, etc; many don't support Acropolis. All the wonderful things they claim can be done on Acropolis are cancelled out when nothing seems to support Acropolis. The market supports VMware first, HyperV second, and KVM and some of the other Openstack players are next. So regardless of choice traditional vs HCI.... Think about all the other techncial and business process solutions you have. Will they need updating, retiring, changes of process etc. If you're going to entertain Acropolis, why not entertain Vmware? I mean there is an added cost, but that cost comes with much more features, maturity in DR/load balancing features, and broader industry support. Not to mention a lot of HCI options there. The only benefit to Acropolis is less upfront cost for the hypervisor. Then it becomes more cost for all the other things like mgmt, workflow, etc.
  24. March 17 Model 3 Updates | Model 3 Owners Club https://t.co/Kzg130NT6d via @YouTube

  25. Crap, didn't see that. Thanks for pointing that out! Point still stands on the 2TB model.
  26. Thanks for pointing that out, fixed the numbers. Still a far cry from 1000X endurance though
  27. From a hardware perspective, as we said the 4360X is a 4U unit with 60 bays supporting both SAS and SATA drives. The unit has three built-in SAS interfaces that can connect to either three ReadyNAS EDA2000 12-bay or EDA4000 24-bay expansion chassis, brining a total capacity of 1.32PB. For performance, the 4360X has an Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 Quad Core 3.3GHz Processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution
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