Archive for November, 2009

What’s new from EMC?

November 22, 2009

What can I say, I just don’t have much to blog about this week and am struggling to find something worth talking about.  That being the case I thought I’d point out some new things that EMC has released in the past few weeks. 

For those of you doing backup to disk or storing lots of data on SATA the new 2TB SATA drives are now available for your Clariion or Celerra platform.  This is good news if you are approaching capacity on your current system.  One thing to note is that the drives are only available in 5400 rpm and not 7200 rpm like the 1TB drives.  This probably won’t be a huge issue for most shops utilizing SATA but it is something to be aware of.  So the big questions is probably “well how much do they cost?”.  The short answer is….. less than 2x the cost of the 1TB drives (barely).   Drive cost is one thing but another thing to consider is the cost of an additional disk tray.  If you consider the $5000 – $6000 cost of the tray itself the 2TB drives may make even more sense.

The second announcement is on the Avamar product line.  The new 3.3TB GEN3 nodes are now available.  The new capacities will obviously give you more storage with fewer nodes in the case of RAIN configured multimode systems.  3.3TB is kind of a strange capacity but the good news is that you only have to license 3TB and get the .3TB “free”.  The 1TB and 2TB are also now GEN3 and still available as before. 

Anyway, sorry for the less than exciting post this week, but have a great holiday next week.

New DD’s

November 15, 2009

That would be Data Domain  I’m talking about, so get your minds out of the gutter.   

Late last week we sat down with one of the local Data Domain technical guys to go through the new product line and dive a little deeper into the technical details and the feeds and speeds of the new products. Today I’m going to concentrate more on the midrange offerings which include the DD630 (replacing the DD530) and the DD610 (replacing the DD510). So what’s new and improved? Since Data Domain appliances are basically a server with disks, memory and processors they’re technology gets better just like servers. That being the case, as you would expect, the capacities and speeds have improved with the latest generation of appliances. Here are just some of the highlights of the new offerings:

– Faster single socket, dual-core processors. Data Domain is processor-centric so as processor performance increases so will DD.

– Small 2U rack density 

– 1TB SATA, 7200 RPM drives for the 630 and 500GB for the 610

– New drive configurations:

o Previous generations used up to 15 disks in one of two configurations

 15 Disk RAID6 config

 9 Disk RAID6 config with a 6 Disk Upgrade that could occur later

o New 610/630 consist of a 12 disk array in one of two configurations

 12 Disks RAID6

 7 Disk RAID6 + 5 Disk RAID6 upgrade

– Max Usable Capacities:

o 610 (7 Drives) = 1.6TB   (12 Drives) = 3.98TB

o 630 (7 Drives) = 3.6TB (12 Drives) = 8.4TB

– Up to 20 Write or 16 Read concurrent data streams for the 630 and 16/4 for the 610.

If you are still stuck backing up to tape and reaping all the joy and happiness that the 50 year old technology brings with it you should take a serious look at Data Domain. It is faster, more reliable, cheaper in the long run and best of all, requires almost no change to your existing backup software or policies.

VMware View and Windows 7

November 8, 2009

In my last few blogs about Windows 7 I ranted a little about how I was impressed so far with the latest OS release from the evil empire of Microsoft (had to put that in there for the Mac geeks).  The biggest thing I had to whine about was that the VMware View client wouldn’t work with the new OS.  Granted this is a VMware problem not a Microsoft problem but it was none the less……irritating.  There were a few ways around the issues using XP Mode or some other client hypervisor but you still had to log in to another machine which was……..also irritating.

We’ll my whinning was silenced when my boss sent me a handy little registry hack that allows the View client to work with Windows 7 just the way it worked with XP and Vista.  So, as it was shared with me to easy my irritations I will share it with you.  Simply cut and paste the lines of text below (in red) into Microsoft Notepad and save the file as a .reg file instead of .txt, double-click  and apply the registry changes.  You may want to backup your registry first, although I haven’t had a single problem after making the registry changes.   Special thanks to Jeremiah “V-Pain” Cook for hooking me up with this handy hack!


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent]

“Version”=”MSIE 8.0”

“Platform”=”Windows NT 6.0”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform]


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Version Vector]


 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent]

“Version”=”MSIE 8.0”

“Platform”=”Windows NT 6.0”

 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform]


 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Version Vector]