Category Archives: Platforms

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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The dangers of performance testing …

I spend a lot of my time talking to people about RAID performance numbers. Almost everyone as their own bent on this subject, and many organisations have specific tests they run against hardware to “check” performance. The real problem is … Continue reading

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When the small things in life matter …

Quite some time ago Adaptec released a technology called “Hybrid RAID”. This is the combination of an SSD and a spinning disk in a RAID1 or RAID10 array. Initially it was a little unclear as to who would use this … Continue reading

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