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Whats New in Data Domain 5.3?

Clearing the decks for the big product announcements at EMC World this month, EMC quietly slipped out a few major software updates that they didn’t feel were blockbuster enough for the Las Vegas stage. The most interesting of these is the new release of DDOS, version 5.3. It brings much needed improvements to capacity, speed & functionality. Capacity has been increased to 100PB for a DD990, thanks to new 3TB drives for the ES30 shelves, additionally enhanced DDBoost functionality means more data can be stored. DDBoost now supports writing over FC for environments with large FC deployments...

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A Tale of Two Simulators

I recently downloaded both the EMC VNX simulator and the NetApp OnTap 8 simulator for a proof of concept lab. Both came with detailed instructions on how to get them started, though the actual experience was vastly simpler for the VNX simulator over the OnTap simulator. The NetApp procedure runs to 32 pages of which the first 26 are dedicated to setting up the VM in VMware Workstation/Player or ESX. This is followed by a page and a half of information on assigning a unique system ID. There are no instructions on how to access or configure the simulator once you get past this point, and the...

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Cisco Live

Keynote: Cisco live held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center was a tremendous success. It started off with the keynote presented by Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Cisco. The presentation was about the convergence of data and how it would change the way we drive cars, gather information and do shopping. A few examples were given, such as Nest thermostat, which allows you to manage the temperature of your home using mobile devices such as an iPhone or iPad. It also has an artificial intelligence engine which remembers the temperature set and t...

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Delivery

A flexible approach delivered by highly professional and skilled people provides independent technology solutions to meet your unique needs. With experience across a diverse range and mix of IT departments and many varied internal skill sets, Diaxion staff have the required capabilities and expertise to deliver to the needs of almost any IT requirement. Diaxion are acknowledged within the IT industry as experts and leaders in implementation across a broad range of IT areas....

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Information and Data World Symposium 2012

Diaxion attended the IDWS 2012 event which was held in Pyrmont, Sydney on 9th October to check out the latest solutions in the storage world. Violin Memory were showcasing their Flash Memory 3RU array, the 6000 series. Fully loaded it has a capacity of 32TB and delivers a blistering 1 million IOPs and 40GB/s, with connectivity to 8Gb FC, 10Gb iSCSI and 40Gb Infiniband networks. While cost per GB is very expensive compared to FC or SATA disk arrays, cost per IO is significantly cheaper. A typical FC drive can achieve around 180 IOPS. In order to achieve 1 million IOPS you would requ...

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Diaxion to attend EMC Forum 2012

Diaxion will be out in force at the upcoming EMC Forum 2012 events in Sydney and Melbourne in the coming weeks. Themes for this year look to revolve around Cloud and Big Data. Although not presenting, we will be filtering throughout the venue over the course of the day. If you see us, make sure you come up and say ‘Hi’! If you haven’t registered yet, make sure you sign up at: http://australia.emc.com/campaign/global/forum2012/anz.htm...

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Technical Architecture Solutions (aka TAS)

Originally established in 2000 in Sydney, Australia and known as Technical Architecture Solutions (aka TAS) the business operation has grown to support clients across Asia, the US, Europe and Australia with offices in all Australian states and Beijing, China. In addition to the organic and geographic growth of the business, the company was expanding its core capabilities and deliverables beyond its foundation expertise. As the reputation of TAS grew it was being increasingly sought for broader, more holistic engagements. With the advent of server virtualisation it established itself as a...

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Can your organisation say that communication occurs frequently and clearly between your technology teams?

Identifiable communication interfaces and planned communication are some of the critical success factors to deliver a successful project. Communication interfaces need to be understood at the outset of a project as this will assist with the transition through the development phase to production. The critical points of contact should be identifiable for all who utilise them as they provide clear delineation of required communication across technology silos. Transparency of information will build effective relationships between the cross functional teams and built trust and strong collaboration....

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Transitioning from intuitive to data-driven approaches to capacity management

What does capacity planning look like within your organisation? In most organisations existing capacity planning methodologies are rooted in decades of traditional physical server deployments and dedicated infrastructure. If an application server is at 50% load today, and load has historically doubled every 24 months, chances are your capacity planning methodology predicts that you have two years before you must add further capacity. While such an approach may work acceptably when dealing with dedicated, physical server instances the now widespread use of production server virtuali...

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