Category Archives: Platforms

Back to the future …

I wonder if Steven Spielberg had any idea what a phrase that would become … Adaptec have taken up the idea and released a new series of HBAs. So what is an HBA I hear you ask out there in … Continue reading

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So who is responsible for big data? …

All I ever hear about these days is “big data”. It’s a like saying “old Neil” – pretty much a natural consequence of getting out of bed each day. Big data is a nice term trying to point out that … Continue reading

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Drive firmware …

I recently copped a slam from one of my customers due to the fact that they had stability problems in their system and the customer was pointing the finger at the RAID card. When I pointed out to the customer … Continue reading

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And the lights go blinkety blink …

For those of you with a technical bent, there is a new standard around in backplane land called IBPI. It’s a new format for LED function on backplanes. In reality, to my understanding, it’s an extension of the SGPIO standard … Continue reading

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The year of the SSD …

Big call, with absolutely no stats to back it up … but I’m making it anyway. Every time I talk to a customer and think to myself “they should be using SSDs” I then think to myself “no, they’re too … Continue reading

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A new year, a new firmware …

Welcome to 2013 … The hand is back in working order (thanks to motorbike and deer meeting) – so now it’s time to tell you about our new firmware release for our Series 6 and Series 7 controllers. It was … Continue reading

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Here we go round the firmware tree, the firmware tree, the firmware tree …

We seem to be back on the drive firmware update path again. I recently had an issue with a customer system running desktop drives (yes, I know they shouldn’t but they do).  I checked the drive firmware with what I … Continue reading

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Why didn’t you call? …

Can’t remember exactly what that line is from (possibly a TV ad from my younger days), but it basically tells a story in the RAID industry. I’m continually getting customers (a) telling me what they are doing, then (b) ending up … Continue reading

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Just how fast can things go?

I spent some time last month at Intel’s IDF in Beijing. Doing the meet and greet with all the great Chinese customers, resellers, integrators etc. They really are a nice bunch of people and I love Beijing at that time … Continue reading

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Will this tin can work with my raid card?

The world has gone more than a little crazy in the hard drive department these days. Unless you are a major OEM you are probably having difficulty getting hold of your preferred hard drives to build your server. Nearline Enterprise … Continue reading

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