Archive for July, 2011

To expand or not expand …

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

That is the question. Many things are technically possible in this world, but that doesn’t always mean they are a good idea. My motorbike is good for > 250km/h, but it’s not something I do without first thinking very hard about my licence and the nagging I’m going to get if I end up in [...]

Green around the gills …

Monday, July 25th, 2011

You may be surprised when looking in Adaptec Storage Manager on some machines to find the array and drives with a green background. Did our programmers just get bored? (not likely) The green behind an array indicates that the array is under power management. This means that after the administrator has set the necessary timers [...]

Seagate prove me wrong …

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A little while ago I said I thought that pure SAS drives would go the way of the dodo. Well Seagate has put a kybosh on that little theory. They have released a 900Gb 2.5″ 10K SAS drive (full SAS, not hybrid). That’s one heck of a drive. You can find the details at: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/enterprise-ssd-hdd/savvio-10k/ [...]

Maintaining a healthy array…

Monday, July 25th, 2011

This is another excerpt from our “Maintenance Best Practices for Adaptec RAID Solutions” document. I can’t claim credit for this document, but I’m pretty sure there’s nothing illegal about plagiarising our own documentation A “verify with fix” is a single, quick check of the array. After the verification process has checked all sectors of the [...]