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Cloud conversations: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits By Greg Schulz Cloud conversations: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits Drew Robb (@robbdrew) has a good piece (e.g. article) over at InfoStor titled Eight Ways to Avoid Cloud Storage Pricing Surprises that you can read here. Drew start's his piece out with this nice analogy or story: Let’s begin with a cautionary tale about pricing: a friend hired a moving company as they quoted a very attractive price for a complex move. They lured her in with a low-ball price then added more and more “extras” to the point where their price ended up higher than many of the other bids she passed up. And to make matters worse, they are already two weeks late with delivery of the furniture and are saying it might take another two weeks. Drew extends his example in his... (more)

Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015?

Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015? By Greg Schulz Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015? This is part of an ongoing data protection diaries series of post about, well, data protection and what I'm doing pertaining to World Backup Day 2015. In case you forgot or did not know, World Backup Day is March 31 2015 (@worldbackupday) so now is a good time to be ready. The only challenge that I have with the World Backup Day (view their site here) that has gone on for a few years know is that it is a good way to c... (more)

Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB

Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB By Greg Schulz Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB When using benchmark or workload generation tools such as HammerDB I needed a way to capture and log performance activity metrics such as transactions per minute. For example using HammerDB to simulate an application making database requests performing various transactions as part of testing an overall system solution including server and storage I/O activity. This post takes a look at the problem or challenge I was looking to address, as wel... (more)

Server & Storage I/O Benchmarking 101 By @StorageIO | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Server and Storage I/O Benchmarking 101 for Smarties This is the first of a series of posts and links to resources on server storage I/O performance and benchmarking (view more and follow-up posts here). The best I/O is the I/O that you do not have to do, the second best is the one with the least impact as well as low overhead. Drew Robb (@robbdrew) has a Data Storage Benchmarking Guide article over at Enterprise Storage Forum that provides a good framework and summary quick guide to server storage I/O benchmarking. Via Drew: Data storage benchmarking can be quite esoteric in t... (more)

IoD, IoT, IoE, IoS, IoP, IoU and IoX Are in Your Future | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Have you figured out the new buzzword trend for 2014 that starting ramping up in 2013? Yup, it's Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Devicess (IoD) Assuming that IoT, IoD and other variations catch on which looks like they will, this could bring relief and rest for the over-worked Big Data and Software Defined "X" buzzword bingo bandwagon usage. Introducing IoX? For those not familiar with Software Defined "X", simply replace "X" with your favorite term such as Data Center (SDDC), Networking (SDN), Storage (SDS), Marketing, (SDM) among others.as the new IT (and beyond) indus... (more)