Thursday, July 24, 2008

NAS NAS NAS

I've onlyr eally delat with a couple scalable NASes, and the EMC Celera was a nightmere for many reasons.  I always did like Netapp, they work well and are easy to manage.  Now there are the "next gen" NASes out there, at the new gig we need something good, which can scale easily and run clusters off MS and Linux technologies.  I was looking at the following "cool" vendors.  Has anyone used these before?

These are in order of which ones I think are coolest:

Isillon - I know we have some at my current company, and they work well.  Nice product, no idea on costs.
Onstor - Seen these guys when I was looking at 3par, product looked good, cheap, and solid.
Netapp - old faithful is something thats good with storage :)  Easy to find people who've used it.  Who hasn't?
Bluearc - seems good
Ibrix - Looks interesting since you don't need to buy hardware, but might be too "out there"
Pillar - looks okay...

Friday, July 18, 2008

News time- Moving jobs and moving locations

Now that I told most of the people who I work with, and the vendors who I deal with often.  I've decided to accept a position at a very exciting startup.  The company is located in Atlanta, so I'll be moving down south.  It should be interesting since with the high growth Atlanta is not as "southern" as it could be. 

The company name is MFG.com (www.mfg.com) and its a very interesting business.  They match up companies who want to have parts manufactured with manufacturers.  The kicker is that they have a good presence in europe, and a large presence in China.  It allows for smaller shops to get the benefits of the big companies regarding leveraging the global economy.  It has some very high profile investors, and has a profitable, and fast growing business.

I will be doing all kinds of infrastructure work there.  There is a hot list of major issues which I hope to start to tackle right away, but I'll be moving back into a role further from the tools and technology and into general  IT issues.  I will use my skills to focus on system issues, application problems, network issues, and security problems.  I already have to tackle some problems around exchange, sharepoint, and the hosting environment.  There is a lack of specific kinds of tools there, and I hope to take a best of breed approach with a combination of open source, and small company products (Sorry HP and IBM).  There are a lot of cool products out there I have tested and wished I had a smaller enterprise to deal with.  Now that i'll be working in a smaller environment in terms of production and enterprise it will be a good chance to use these tools.

Since my current employer is large, public, and sensitive, I've avoided naming them.  I will be leaving there on 8/1, and starting my new position on 8/4.

Please keep reading, I will post anything that comes up in the meantime, and should resume in early August.

Thanks to you all, please leave comments, IMs, or email me!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A bit crazy

Sorry I haven't updated you all.  I will be updating on Friday.  Mostly its to announce something which I am going to be undertaking.  It should be interesting, and a bit of a shift back to my roots.

More on Friday!