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  1. Not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but the text of this announcement starts out by saying Seagate has just announced a 5TB 2.5" drive. While that would be pretty incredible from a storage density perspective, the accompanying photo shows a 3TB drive, which I assume is the actual capacity of the drive. 3TB is pretty impressive all on its own! Link:
  2. When reviewing enterprise devices, I'd like to see a little more depth to the management and monitoring of these devices, particularly for low-end gear where the manufacturer may reduce the featureset. Two or three sentences ought to cover it. As an example, the recent Seagate 8 Bay Rackmount Nas review, shows a screenshot of the web interface's monitoring console. But I'm left wondering - how we get that information out? I assume it can create email alerts, but can it fire off an SNMP trap? Can it be polled by SNMP? Does the manufacturer have any private MIBs for their devices? How about SMI-S? Are there interfaces to any common monitoring products, such as Microsoft's SCOM? And so on.... I realize some of these things may be high-end features for a low-end device. However, I'm thinking from the perspective of a managed service provider, offering management and monitoring services to small busineses. The Seagate NAS may be the perfect device for my client, but I still need to monitor it with the same framework I use for other devices, servers, etc Maybe this is outside the focus of SR's reviews, but it's information I'd like to see a little more of. -Jim
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    Storage Review Site Update

    I'm glad to see SR is on the way back! I used to find it a great resource, but as others have said, the lack of new content made it site I visited less and less. I'm probably a stick in the mud for suggesting it, but I really hope the editorial staff doesn't spend too much time reviewing one or two disk SATA NAS devices. Tom's seemed to be endlessly fascinated with them last year, but they all have basically the same featureset and performance. Spend more time reviewing units that do something that no other do, or have the best performance. In short, review leading-edge equipment and don't spend a lot of time on the also-rans.
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    Enterprise OS managment

    I'm sure this isn't the answer you're looking for, but if you're managing 3000 servers, on varying hardware and OS platforms, I don't think three days a week is unreasonable. I'm amazed you've made it this far, actually. I doubt your painpoint is really cfEngine; more likely it's the fact that you have a heterogeneous environment to manage. Nothing wrong with seeking out a better management framework, but you have to accept that 3000 servers is going to take a committment of time.
  5. It shouldn't affect any type of USB device aside from storage devices. I read that Vista will have group policies that can be used to prohibit specifically USB keys. Usually if there is a group policy, it means there is a registry key that can be tweaked to do the same thing.
  6. Have you looked at disabling the removeable storage service? How many USB CDROMs are you dealing with? Do clients run the NTBackup application on their PCs? Those are the only two common uses of Removeable Storage; if you can deal with those two complications, you should be all set. USB is poorly managed within XP -- high-security installations typically disable the USB ports altogether.
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    Slow SCSI-configuration

    If you search for '2120s' in the forums, I think you'll find many more negative opinions and statistics about the 2120 than positive ones. From my understanding it has a 66Mhz CPU in it, which limits the number of RAID operations it can do per second.
  8. Geez, I think ~$300 is a good value for this switch. You're not just buying a brand name, you're buying the company's ability to support it as well. Someone early in the thread mentioned tech support that were in between big rocks and small rocks in ability. The person from Dell that responded had some fairly impressive credentials - "CCSP, CCNP, RHCE, Cisco Firewall, VPN, & IDS Specialist" The other thing to look at is service contracts. For me, at least, it only costs $40 to put a three year, 24/7 4 hour replacement contract on the device. A lot of small businesses can't afford to have spares sitting on a shelf, so this is a pretty good value. If you're using an extensive configuration, this isn't the right switch to begin with. Dell is trying to hit the market segment where customers might want to see some performance statistics, maybe bond a pair of ports for an upstream connection, but other than that, they just want gigabit performance. They don't have a network management system in place. When they want those bells and whistles, they move up.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8

    I'm surprised that the article made only passing reference to reliability issues. Googling 7200.8 and "Delayed Write Failure" turns up many references to what sounds like a widespread problem - the drive locks up under stress. (Some of those Google results point back here to SR) I purchased the 300GB model hoping to put it into a USB enclosure and using it for backing up a few of my servers. Every night, it would lock up after transferring between 25-50GB of data. I spent about a week trying to figure out what the problem was. Seagate received my shipment nine days ago and still hasn't shipped a replacement. The warranty doesn't do much good if you're forced to buy another drive while waiting for the first!