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Dave Donatelli's departure and what is next?

April 28th, 2009 No comments

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As news hit the wire this afternoon, about the latest move by Dave Donatelli (President EMC Storage Division) from EMC to HP. As Dave’s new job, he will report to Ann Livermore at HP and will handle all Server, Storage and Networking business also known as ESS (Enterprise Storage & Server) Division, worth about US 20B, more than his current responsibilities at EMC, in terms of Dollars. 

Dave has been with EMC since his early college days and more or less these days was talked about being the next CEO at EMC. Something might have changed over this past year, that made him make this move. People in these positions, well respected, accomplished a tons of things, groomed to be the next CEO, have a passion for something they do, and you see them jump the ship…something more to the story. There has been a new appointment into EMC board in 2008, Mr. Hu, I think it was a quite appointment, but a big one, as Hu comes with a great industry M&A knowledge and has been well respected within the consulting, investment and IT business environments. 

Jumping back to Mr. Donatelli, he has been a great icon of EMC Storage division and has played a major role with shaping where EMC stands today from a Storage perspective. 

As news will probably flow over the next couple of weeks, we should see a shift within EMC’s top management with some new faces coming into picture. The latest was Mr. Frank Hauck that runs Global marketing and customer quality will be taking over Dave Donatelli’s role. 

So the move for Mr. Donatelli comes at a very crucial time, a big bang redo of the EMC Symmetrix products and then at the after launch party, resign from the company.  With this move, we should more or less see some other folks within EMC follow his foot steps. The question becomes, who within the Storage Blogosphere will end up among the executive profiles of EMC’s leadership chart.

Good luck and Good Wishes to a bright, smart man, Mr. Donatelli.

 

Here are some other blog posts covering Mr. Donatelli’s move, here, here, here, and I am sure more to follow tomorrow morning.

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 7

April 27th, 2009 No comments

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The Technical Case

Continuing the blog posts on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA), this post focuses on the technical case on why analysis of your storage platforms is important and how it might help you discover inconsistencies in storage environments.

 

To read the previous blog posts on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA)

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 1: Storage Resource Analysis and Storage Economics

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 2: The IT – Storage World of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 3: The IT – Storage Budgets of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 4: Some Fundamental Questions

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 5: Facts about your Data

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 6: Inconsistencies in Storage Environments

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 7: The Technical Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 8: The Business Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 9: The End Result

 

From a technology standpoint, it’s very important to understand what Storage Analysis will do and how it might overall bring more value, efficiencies and utilization in your environments. To talk about a few technical issues it might help you understand are..

1)      How much headroom (total possible growth) we have in our storage environment (drilldown array, lun)

2)      How much reclaimable storage do we have in our environment (drilldown array, lun)

3)      How much immediate deployable storage do we have in our storage environment (drilldown where)

4)      Can we predict capacity planning and future growth

5)      The information obtained above should be as of today, not something you started working about 3 months ago.

6)      In large volatile storage environments, things are changing every second, it hard to keep a track of your storage configurations, relationships, headroom, capacity, reclamation.

7)      Are you maintaining spreadsheets or access databases to keep a track of your applications, application owners, wwn, servers, zones, etc. You need to consider something soon.

8 )      Do you enforce Tiering in our environment, how much data do we have based on each tier.

9)      Do we follow ILM approach, how much data needs to be migrated over to different tiers based on business needs and rules (we should see FAST later this year that should automate the process on V-Max)

10)   Do we have any configuration issues in our environments that have caused major storage outages (single path host, multipath host with only one path active, LUN masking issues, zoning issues, BCV issues, other configuration issues)

11)   How many times in the past 6 months have we had a major application outage and what caused it (how much penalties did we pay for those – OPEX dollars).

12)   If we follow any compliance (SEC, Sarbanes Oxley, HIPPA, etc), is our data complaint in terms of replication, policies, etc

13)   Do we have any manual processes for charge backs and bill backs, if so, what can we do to automate it.

14)   Do we know how the LUN’s in our environment are setup and the relationships it has with LUN’s on other arrays in terms of replication, BCV, Snaps, Clones, SRDF, etc.

15)   Do we know how the storage is growing in our environment: Trend Analysis

16)   What sorts of report are available to you for the analysis you are performing.

17)   Be careful to not just obtain a nice topology diagram of what is connected where, but being able to drill down real time to obtain LUN level details is important.

18)   With any storage analysis product, how much work is involved, How much training, How much training related cost, ease of use, number of users, detailed drill down, how easy would it be to analyze your environment, etc needs to be understood before the project starts.

19)   Do we have a Storage Economics Practice setup within our Storage environment to consistently increase our utilization, efficiency, reclamation and lower our outages & cost.

 

Experience

We had a conference call with a potential customer late last week about our storage offerings. This is a large insurance company that has acquired quite a few different companies over the past 5 years and are growing and currently going through data center consolidation projects.

During the call, we asked what they were doing for reclamation and other storage economics. To my surprise, they answered, we had purchased an OEM based Operational Software about 5 years ago and we didn’t like it, there are different people within the organization that still use it, but it’s not giving us the required results we want, more or less its used for alerts.

Now we have just purchased and going through an implementation of another OEM’s Operational Software for data reclamation, analysis and monitoring. The customer goes ahead and says, we have been trying to implement this software within our environment for the past 4 months now.

The point I am trying to make is, whatever these deployments are, they have to be easy enough, cost effective, not time and resource consuming, not consume your CAPEX dollars and not spend you OPEX dollars (training, implementation, outages).

It has to be light weight, easily deployable, should yield results in a short duration of time (hours or days rather than months), but still should be able to analyze your environment at a very detailed level.

 

What are you using today to manage your several hundred TB or an enormously large double digit PB storage estate?

The Who’s Who of Storage Twitters

March 11th, 2009 2 comments

Twitter…Twitter…..Twitter…..that is all we hear these days….Time Magazine has been following it and recently published a big article on Twitter.

Many of our co-bloggers, co-workers, friends, family and now our better half’s are following us on twitter these days…..

Brian Henderson has an interesting blog article he just posted as I started writing this article. Here is the link.

There was a good post by David Spencer: Seven People to Follow on Twitter, here is the link.

On this post I do not want to talk about the advantages, disadvantages, etc, but rather focus this towards a list of Storage Centric Folks that are using twitter today.

This post is a continuation of my previous blog posts about various Storage Bloggers in the Blogosphere and about LinkedIn and the Storage/Virtualization Groups.

Twitter these days seems to be one of those social media outlets where Storage folks are spending a lot of time and energy to learn and push some new products and technologies. Here is a link to my previous post on Twitter (A micro blogging platform)

A blog post from Stephen Foskett from Dec 2008 and another one from Christopher Kusek from Feb 2009 discussing some storage folks using Twitter…


To follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/storagenerve
There are some additional links that are pretty kool to get more information about your twittering habits.

To register on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com

TwitterSheep: http://twittersheep.com/ (This is funny, you should read it)

TwitterCounter: http://twittercounter.com (Good way to get your twitter stats)

TwitterFeed: http://twitterfeed.com (To Automate your blog post for Twitter)

TwitterGrader: http://twitter.grader.com/ (Get your twitter Grade, see your twits practices)

Twitter-Friends: http://twitter-friends.com/(Get a 360 about you and your twitter connections)

Twitter-Search: http://www.twittertroll.com/(To search topics on twitter, this is good search engine)

Twitter Wheel: http://www.tweetwheel.com (To see your tweet wheel, very interesting….)

Twitoria: http://twitoria.com/ (Great site to find your inactive twitter friends)

Twesents: http://twesents.com/ (Send a Twe to a friend….)

TwitterGroups: http://twittgroups.com/(Dont forget to check out the storage groups on TwittGroups)

Here are the Storage Twitters…….enjoy and add to your list..

Twitter Name Associations Name Notes
3parfarley 3Par Marc Farley aka. Storagerap, interesting twits..
abhinav_joshi NetApp Abhinav Joshi Rare twits, Technical
Akorri Akorri Lisa Crewe official
AnueSystems Anue official
astorrs Andrew Storrs
bensons Savvis Benson Schliesser
bgracely NetApp
bhendu EMC Brian Henderson Windows/EMC
bjgreenberg Brain Greenberg
BlueArc BlueArc official
bwahacker Mitch Haile Virtualization
bwhyte IBM Barry Whyte SVC Technology
Callero Calle
carlig HDS Carli seems to be the boss….
centernetworks Center Networks official
Chris_Mellor The Register Chris Mellor Interesting twits…
chrisgeb NetApp Chris Gebhardt
chrisjones77 Chris Jones You want to recover your data
chrismevans Chris Evans aka The Storage Architect
ChuckHollis EMC Chuck Hollis Recently joined and disappered
CimaMan John Alday
ckranz NetApp Chris Kranz
clifftrapp
Compellent Compellent Compellent official
contemplatingIT HDS (50%) Tony Asaro
ctnco EMC Edward Newman Active, good twits…
CXI NetApp Christopher Kusek he is up all night twitting…..
damienstevens Damien Stevens Cloud Com links every evenings
DaveGraham EMC Dave Graham Very Active, good twits…..
DavidKSpencer EMC David Spencer Happy Guy….
dell_storage Dell Dell Storage official
DellServerGeek Dell Scott Hanson Active twits…
dexin Could Computing
EdSai Ed Saipetch
embedded_guy Emulex Chris Hoffman
EMC EMC EMC Corp official
eric_sherrill Eric Sherill
esignoretti Enrico Signoretti
GestaltIT Gestalt IT Never miss
GlassHouse_Tech GlassHouse Rare Twits
gminks EMC Gina Minks
Gregorydwhite Dell Gregory White
HDSCorp HDS Hitachi Data Systems every new blog post, HDS twits.
IanHF Active user with broken toe???
ibmstorage IBM Raj Subramaniam
irsanw EMC Irsan Widarto
jdowson EMC Jim Dowson CTO, Global Services
JoleneHajj Emulex Jolene Hajj Emulex PR….
kccowan EMC Ken Cowan
Kostadis_Netapp NetApp Kostadis Roussos Opinionated….
LenDevanna EMC Len Devanna
Matt Povey HDS Matt Povey English guy in Australia….
menielsen Michael Nielsen
Moesch NetApp Michael Moeschler
mozy Mozy Mozy Online Backup official
mozybackup Mozy Mozy Backup official
NetApp NetApp NetApp official
nigelpoulton Nigel Poulton Technology….
onStorage NetApp Eric Pederson
Openrsm Openrsm OpenRSM Cloud official
optimizestorage Ocarina Networks official
Padmasree Cisco Padmasree Warrior CTO, Cisco Systems
PariseauTT Search Storage Beth Pariseau Good Tech Post
Polly Pearson EMC Polly Pearson EMC HR…
PSteege Seagate Pete Steege
qlogic Qlogic Qlogic official
SamMoulton NetApp Samantha Moulton
scott_lowe Scott Lowe Virtualization
scummins EMC Sean Cummins
SFoskett Stephen Foskett Active twitter…
sharney / Scott Harney Scott Harney
simon_elisha Simon Elisha
sshottan CTO, Storage Company
StarWindSAN StarWind StarWind official
SteveTodd EMC Steve Todd Opens up twitter during lunch
storageanarchy EMC Barry Burke MAN behind today’ Symmetrix
Storagebod Martin Glassborow Active twitter…
storageio Greg Schultz I see Green….
StorageMonkeys Tim Masters
StorageNerve Devang Panchigar Myself…..
storageswiss George Crump Active twitter…
storagewarrior
Storagezilla EMC Mark Twomey Active user he doesn’t sleep either
Stu EMC Stuart Miniman
sunmicrosystems SUN Sun official
sunshinemug Ocarina Networks great blog post these days….
tatat / tyler yuniarto Tyler Yuniarto
techmute Matt Davis
TheSANTechBlog Dell Steven Schwartz where are you now??
timbo_baggins IBM Tim Biller I am starting a band soon…
tracker619 EMC Mike Fishman CTO, Backup Platforms
valb00 NetApp Val The NetApp Agenda….
Vaughn_Stewart NetApp Vaughn Stewart
VicenteM EMC
VirtuallyNetapp NetApp Jack McLeod
virtualtacit Joe Kelly Recover Point…
virtualTodd Vmware Todd Muirhead The Guy who runs and runs….
vramaswamy HDS Vijay Ramaswamy
Wandster EMC Rich Wand
zorian StarWind Zorian Rotenberg CEO, StarWind

emulex Emulex     Official

cingulus Emulex                           VP Corp Marketing

msarrel Technologist
If you are an enterprise storage blogger or twitter, and your name is not on the list, please email me or DM me on Twitter @storagenerve, will get you added to the list. At all times want to keep this listed updated.

The Who’s Who on LinkedIn – Storage / VMware / Cloud Computing Groups

March 10th, 2009 No comments

Continuing the efforts to put together a list of various different Social Media channels for networking with Storage Folks, here is some additional information for Storage Related Groups on LinkedIn.

In the previous posts, we discussed different Storage Bloggers in the Blogosphere.

LinkedIn is another great place to network with fellow storage experts, colleagues, customers, vendors and other professional contacts.

Below are 3 categories of Groups: Storage, VMware and Cloud Computing on LinkedIn. As you join the groups below (all or just a subset), you will see the benefits of it as you can now communicate to a large group of people and get a larger set of audience for blogs, news, etc.

Being part of a group allows you to start and respond to discussions about a technology, topic within a group. With the news section a group member can take advantage to post latest news, topics, articles, post, etc. There is a Jobs section that is used by group members to post new job opening. As you join a group, you can freely communicate via email or LinkedIn to all group members. For example the Storage Professionals group has more than 3200 Storage and VMware experts throughout the world and you can communicate with any of them.

Below is a list of at least top 10 Groups within Storage, VMware and Cloud Computing. Please use the links below to join any of these groups.

Since I initially started the Storage Professionals Group, I will take this opportunity to further promote it…. Below are the group details (On an average this group is growing by 30 to 40 storage & virtualization experts a day).

Storage Professionals: Group of Data Storage Specialists – SAN, NAS, CAS, DASD, Cloud Optimized Storage (Cloud Computing), Storage Virtualization that follow trends and products from leading manufacturers like EMC, HDS (Hitachi), HP, NetApp, 3Par, Data Domain, Pillar Data, VMware for Service, Support, Product Features, Networking, Jobs, Message Board, Discussions, Blogs. Storage Engineers, Storage Architects, Data Center Managers, SAN Implementation Specialist, Storage Managers join to discuss issues and projects related to Storage. If you are Certified on EMC, VMWare, HP, HDS (Hitachi), NetApp or are an Industry leader or visionary please feel free to join this group.

Owner: Devang Panchigar | 3,211 members | ShareJoin this group »
To connect to me on LinkedIn, please see on the right side of the page theLinkedIn icon, click on it and you should be able to send a request.

Goodluck LinkedIn’ng……….

Storage Groups


The Storage Group

The Storage Group is for Storage/SAN architects, engineers, managers and anybody else involved in the Storage industry. Share ideas and experiences, ask for assistance with a storage issues, etc.

Owner: Carey Lott | 5,301 members | ShareJoin this group »

The Storage Networking Industry Association

SNIA is a not-for-profit association of the leading hardware and software companies in the networked digital storage and information management business. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services.

Owner: Rick Bauer | 3,344 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage Professionals

Data Storage Professionals – SAN, NAS, CAS, DASD, Cloud Computing, Storage Virtualization. Blog: http://www.storagenerve.com, We follow products from manufacturers: EMC, HDS (Hitachi), HP, NetApp, 3Par, Data Domain, PillarData, VMware for Service, Support, Features, Jobs, Message Boards, Networking.

Owner: Devang Panchigar | 3,166 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage Specialists

Storage Specialists is founded by CSN Group (Continuity Services the Netherlands) for Storage Specialists and IT-Professionals.

Owner: Erik van der Ven | 2,357 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage: SAN, NAS

This is a Networking group as in Network Appliance w/1,000+ members. Do you use SAN or NAS? This is the place for Data Storage Networking. My idea-create a true networking group. So: 1 Only storage related professionals please 2 I created a GoogleGroup, please join, post and intro yourself.

Owner: Jeff Kronisch | 2,078 members | ShareJoin this group »

EMC

Group created to group EMC employees. EMC, where information lives, information management, networked storage. Discussions have been disabled of this group due lot of spam problems.

Owner: Adolfo Nascimento | 1,819 members | Share |Join this group »

Cloud Storage

The Cloud Storage group was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud storage and computing technology

Owner: Reuven Cohen | 1,776 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage Monkeys

Storage Monkeys is the premier peer social networking organization for data storage users. Group topics include SAN, NAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel technologies as well as storage / server virtualization (including VMware). The official web site for Storage Monkeys is http://www.StorageMonkeys.com

Owner: Tim Masters | 1,225 members | ShareJoin this group »

NetApp

NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that help to accelerate business and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. Our dedication to principles of simplicity, innovation, and customer success has made us one of the fastest-growing storage and data management providers today.

Owner: Neil Stanley | 1,079 members | ShareJoin this group »

UK Storage Professionals

Set up to distinguish UK storage ( DAS / NAS / SAN ) for technical or sales professionals, encourage networking, knowledge share, consulting and job opportunities. Requirement to join is to have a strong affiliation with UK Storage market.

Owner: Drew Percival | 871 members | ShareJoin this group »

Backup & Recovery Professionals

This is a group of highly skilled Backup & Recovery Professionals proficient in different software and hardware storage technologies.

Owner: Demetrius Malbrough | 771 members | Share |Join this group »


VMWARE GROUPS

Official VMware Virtualization Group

This is a VMware led group for virtualization professionals to expand their network of contacts, share idea’s and increase market awareness. You will receive regular updates on VMware activities including recruitment plans.

Owner: Gavin Barnard | 9,600 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage Professionals

Data Storage Professionals – SAN, NAS, CAS, DASD, Cloud Computing, Storage Virtualization. Blog: http://www.storagenerve.com, We follow products from manufacturers: EMC, HDS (Hitachi), HP, NetApp, 3Par, Data Domain, PillarData, VMware for Service, Support, Features, Jobs, Message Boards, Networking.

Owner: Devang Panchigar | 3,166 members | ShareJoin this group »

VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Members of this group have gained the in-depth skills and industry-recognized certification on VMware technology. The VMware Certified Professional Program is designed for everyone who wants to demonstrate their expertise in virtual infrastructure and increase his potential for career advancement.

Owner: Eric Sloof | 3,143 members | ShareJoin this group »

IT Core Infrastructure

This group is a forum to connect talented IT engineers focused on core infrastructure technologies, including: SAN/NAS, VMware/virtualization technologies, Citrix, Active Directory, Exchange, Cisco, VOIP, Disaster Recovery, etc.

Owner: Jeff Nussbaum | 2,877 members | ShareJoin this group »

VMware Virtual Community

This is a virtual and collaborative community designed to facilitate business and social interaction between those that have embraced the value of virtualization.

Owner: Kelly Freeman | 1,758 members | ShareJoin this group »

Virtualization Solutions

Ths is a group to expand our knowledge and share experience about virtualization based in: VMware, XEN, Hyper-v and other technologies

Owner: Hernan Cuevas | 1,551 members | ShareJoin this group »

VM People Virtualization & Cloud Group

This is a group for Virtualization & Cloud Computing professionals to network and discuss industry related topics such as Virtualisation, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and more. Technical Q&A, News, and Recruitment are all supported and encouraged in this group.

Owner: Mike Hilton | 1,412 members | ShareJoin this group »

Storage Monkeys

Storage Monkeys is the premier peer social networking organization for data storage users. Group topics include SAN, NAS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel technologies as well as storage / server virtualization (including VMware). The official web site for Storage Monkeys is http://www.StorageMonkeys.com

Owner: Tim Masters | 1,225 members | ShareJoin this group »

VMware Alumni

This group is for (current and) former employees of VMware. The purpose of the group is to maintain an online community, to share and exchange information, updates, requests, news, and assistance.

Owner: Kevin Epstein | 827 members | ShareJoin this group »

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

This is a group for people involved in new age of utility computing or Next Big Thing – Cloud Computing. Discussion is done through http://groups.google.ca/group/cloud-computing

Owner: Khaz Sapenov | 9,938 members | ShareJoin this group »

DataShaping Advanced Analytics

SAS, quant, biostatistics, statistics, data mining, web analytics, computer science, six sigma, econometrics, business intelligence, computational finance, AI, database modeling, operations research, machine learning, data analysis, data warehousing, risk management, cloud computing, text mining.

Owner: Vincent (L) Granville | 4,898 members | Share |Join this group »

Storage Professionals

Data Storage Professionals – SAN, NAS, CAS, DASD, Cloud Computing, Storage Virtualization. Blog: http://www.storagenerve.com, We follow products from manufacturers: EMC, HDS (Hitachi), HP, NetApp, 3Par, Data Domain, PillarData, VMware for Service, Support, Features, Jobs, Message Boards, Networking.

Owner: Devang Panchigar | 3,166 members | ShareJoin this group »

Cloud Storage

The Cloud Storage group was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud storage and computing technology

Owner: Reuven Cohen | 1,776 members | ShareJoin this group »

VM People Virtualization & Cloud Group

This is a group for Virtualization & Cloud Computing professionals to network and discuss industry related topics such as Virtualisation, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and more. Technical Q&A, News, and Recruitment are all supported and encouraged in this group.

Owner: Mike Hilton | 1,412 members | ShareJoin this group »

Cloud Networking

The Cloud Networking group was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud networking and distributed network computing technology

Owner: Reuven Cohen | 1,327 members | ShareJoin this group »

CloudCamp – Unconventional Cloud Computing

CloudCamp was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud computing.

Owner: Reuven Cohen | 1,144 members | ShareJoin this group »

Open Source Virtualization & Cloud Computing

This group is free for all. Virtualization For Everyone, like it ought to be! Here we will discuss about: – Community influenced innovation – Heterogeneous hypervisor aware data centers – Hybrid Clouds – CDP (Continuous Data Center Protection)

Owner: Tarry Singh | 951 members | ShareJoin this group »

Open GRID

This is a group to promote the intersection of open source, open standards, cloud, grid, mesh, portable data, semantic web, web services and high performance computing.

Owner: Ed Dodds | 897 members | ShareJoin this group »

Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF)

CCIF is an open, vendor neutral, community of technology advocates, and consumers dedicated to driving the rapid adoption of global cloud computing services. CCIF shall accomplish this by working through the use open forums (physical and virtual) focused on building community consensus.

Owner: Reuven Cohen | 553 members | ShareJoin this group »