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My blog posts and tweets are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of my current employer, my previous employers or any other party.

Many of these blogs were originally posted elsewhere on public sites, but have been re-posted here with attributions to the original location -- strictly as a means of a centralized archive of my perspectives.

I do not do paid endorsements, so if I am appear to be a fan of something, it is based on my personal experience with it. If I am not talking about your stuff, it is either because I haven't worked with it enough or because my mom taught me "if you can't say something nice ... "

Riverbed Granite extends iSCSI in a very cool way

This week, ESG Lab published its Lab Report on the new Riverbed Steelhead EX + Granite.

It was a privilege to work with two ESG Lab Engineers, Tony Palmer and Ajen Johan, to do some hands-on with the new Riverbed technologies.

To me, the really cool part of Granite is how it changes some presumptions […]

A Look at the Amazon AWS Storage Gateway

Yesterday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of its AWS Storage Gateway, which acts as an iSCSI target, delivered as a virtual appliance. On-premise servers can connect to the iSCSI device and store their data locally, with snapshots being stored in the Amazon S3 cloud-storage environment.

This announcement coincides with the publishing of ESG’s […]

Video Blog on Dell Compellent Storage Center Thin Provisioning

Last month, ESG Lab released its Lab Report on Dell Compellent Storage Center 5.4.

Click here to read the ESG Lab Report on Dell Compellent Storage Center 5.4.

This project was interesting to me not only because of the technology itself, but because it was the first ESG Lab project that I had the opportunity […]

Every Windows Server can be a iSCSI Target

No, I didn’t do a typo and mean to say “Every Windows Server has an iSCSI Initiator”

And it may only be a slight exaggeration when I say “Every“.

But did you know that your Windows Server 2008 R2 server can also be an iSCSI Target? I didn’t.

Typically, one thinks of an iSCSI Target […]

Windows 8 – ISO and VHD support!

Am not sure whether to shout “Woo Hoo” or “Finally" … but am going with “Woooo Hooo”.

ISO and VHD files are a wonderful container for files, until you actually need just one.  

Prior to Windows 8, you could risk downloading shareware (with and without malware) to mount ISOs, which was really risky because […]

Dell announces a Windows Storage Server 2008 appliance

Congratulations to my friends at Dell for their launch of storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.

This is a great example of what happens with the partnership of Microsoft with a server manufacturer.

In this case, instead of simply pre-installing Windows Server and a standard Dell PowerEdge server (which […]

Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008. For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs:

May 5 – Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 […]

Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this.

To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is:

We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it from being the industry-leading general […]

Why a Windows Storage Server is like a Saleen Ford Mustang

For the record, I am not really a car buff. I am a “Buff”ington … and enjoy renting mustangs from Avis … but I’ve had a few questions on my Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM blog (below), so let me expand on my analogy:

 

Just a few miles down the road in Detroit, […]

Two Webcasts Today – Storage Server and DPM Disaster Recovery

As an updated reminder, we have two TechNet Webcasts today from Storage Solutions:

Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008

8AM Pacific / 11AM Eastern US time:

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032410705

For background – check out my blog on WSS08 from earlier this week.

In this webcast, I am joined by one of those scary-smart but all-around-nice-guys, Scott Johnson, the […]

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