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Who is this “max” bloke anyway? (maxCachePlus that is)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Someone in Adaptec marketing has a son called “Max” … that’s my theory anyway … because just about everything we do these days has letters “max” involved. The latest incarnation is maxCachePlus. This is an evolution of our previous maxCache product – maxCachePlus (mcp for short) is a teiring technology, as well as a caching [...]

Am I a luddite? (or … do I purchase on price or features)

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Yes I have an iphone, imac and yes I use a laptop (constantly), but I’m only just getting around to moving up in the world to an ipad. I recently decided that I would have use for one of these new-fangled contraptions so went to work on my research as to which model was the [...]

The SAS (r)evolution …

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

When someone within the company started discussing the evolution of SAS a couple of weeks ago, I thought I misheard them … was that “revolution” or “evolution”? Turns out it’s been a bit of both. In early days it was a revolution, but now that it is a well-matured technology we are within the “evolution” [...]

I want a rubber/lego/meccano hard disk …

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Stop sniggering. This is not about being able to drop a disk from a great height and have it survive … it’s about me making my own disk. Now that sounds as dumb as anything I’ve put in a blog before, but let’s look at it. What exactly do I want from the disk in [...]

Did you know (2) …

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

It’s happened again … the brain stopped working. So instead of writing something new I’m going to tell you about another little quirk of our controllers … just in case you need a bit more technical information. In reality I’m knee deep in the middle of redeveloping all my technical training slides and the brain [...]

Sometimes I surprise even myself …

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I wrote the following back in early 2009. I’ve never really thought too much about how right or wrong I am … that’s for the critics to work out. However read the following in italics, then read on about our latest incarnation of hybridness (is that a word?) … “… (lots of blah which I’ll [...]

Did you know (1) ? …

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Having a bit of writers block this morning (“write blog article” appeared in Outlook calendar but brain is not responding in kind), so thought I’d take the easy way out and give a quick technical update on our products with some obscure, bizzare or just not-widely-known bit of information. “Auto Rebuild” is an option in [...]

But I told you … I don’t want 16 ports! (are you deaf?) …

Friday, October 25th, 2013

So a customer rings up looking for a fast card for RAID 1 and RAID 10 – he’s going to use SSD’s to make his ultimate home workstation/video server/graphics-CAD machine etc etc (standard home user). He’s going full SSD no matter what anyone tells him, so it’s “performance, performance, performance” all the way. So … [...]

Getting the balance right …

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Ying and yang … the Chinese had it just about right when they coined that phrase (and yes, I used google to check that in fact it is Chinese – though I’m sure some smart soul will tell me otherwise) … Had several customers recently who have been reading about hybrid RAID. This is where [...]

Are you using your storage the right way? …

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Spent a short time yesterday at VMware VMworld 2013 “Defy” Convention. Now maybe that should be “deny” convention but that would be cynical of me. 99.9% of the vendors at the show were showing SAN products – storage, backup, de-dupe, migration, DR … you name it, it was there – all based around SAN product. [...]