Enabling The Green and Virtual Data Center

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Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench Need to test a server, storage I/O networking, hardware, software, services, cloud, virtual, physical or other environment that is either doing some form of file processing, or, that you simply want to have some extra workload running in the background for what ever reason? Getting Started Here's a quick and relatively easy way to do it with Vdbench (Free from Oracle). Granted there are other tools, both for free and for fee that can similar things, however we will leave those for another day and post. Here's the con to this approach, there is no Uui Gui like what you have available with some other tools Here's the pro to this approach, its free, flexible and limited by your creative, amount of storage space, server memory and I/O capacity. If you need a background on Vdbench and benchmarking... (more)

Enabling Bitlocker on Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

Recently I added a new thin laptop to the fleet of Windows 7 laptop and workstations that I have in active use. The other devices run Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit with Bitlocker security encryption enabled. However I ran into a problem getting Bitlocker to work on the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Professional. Yes I know I should not be using Windows and I also have plenty of iDevices and other Apple products lying around. Likewise to the security pros and security arm-chair quarterbacks I know I should not be using Bitlocker, instead using Truecrypt of which I have done some testin... (more)

Blog Post: Blog Roll Deja Vu and Storage Monkeys

Ever have blog roll DejaVu? If not, go visit various blogs and look at the blog rolls. While some blog owners do a good job of keeping their blog rolls up to date (for example the Storage Monkeys site) given their interests, preferences or blog objectives, there are also many who appear to simply cut and paste blog rolls from other sites (Not the Storage Monkeys) which have added StorageIOblog to their blogroll. Read the full post here ... (more)

Clouds, SOA and SaaS Hype Is Being Challenged

Ok, so I should have used that intro last week before heading off to VMworld in San Francisco instead of after the fact. Think of it as a high latency title or intro, kind of like attaching a fast SSD to a slow, high latency storage controller, or a fast server attached to a slow network, or fast network with slow storage and servers, it is what it is. I/O virtualization (IOV), Virtual I/O (VIO) along with I/O and networking convergence have been getting more and more attention lately, particularly on the convergence front. In fact one might conclude that it is trendy to all of ... (more)

I/O Virtualization (IOV) Revisited

Is I/O Virtualization (IOV) a server topic, a network topic, or a storage topic? (See previous post.) Like server virtualization, IOV involves servers, storage, network, operating system, and other infrastructure resource management areas and disciplines. The business and technology value proposition or benefits of converged I/O networks and I/O virtualization are similar to those for server and storage virtualization. Additional benefits of IOV include: Doing more with what resources (people and technology) already exist or reduce costs Single (or pair for high availability) in... (more)