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In Hyndsight - Changing Thoughts for a Changing Technology

Over the years, as I worked with various organizations, I have detected a key trend that I think delivers a critical insight: I find that people who are open to have their perspective changed are able to adapt to our changing technology world much better than those who are not open to changing their mind. Most people listen only to information that supports their current views. This is intellectually lazy and a sure road to obsolescence in any fast moving environment.  Being open grants an ability to change perspective in light of new forces or discoveries.

What makes a file "active"?

In all this talk about active files on Primary Storage and inactive files on Tier 2, rarely do I hear the follow-on discussion that I expect given the implications of what it takes to make an active file “active”. Instead, what I hear is lots of talk about taking half or more of primary storage and moving it somewhere else. And yes, this is the initial act in any tiering implementation, but it only happens once. Assuming you implement tiering correctly, you’ll never have to do this again – which also means you’ll never get this same benefit again.

Throw out your scale and buy bigger pants!

The solution to weight loss isn’t exercise or eating right.  Just throw out your scale and buy bigger pants.

Let me tell you a story of a ruggedly handsome technologist and friend of mine, who recently went to his doctor for a routine checkup.  Now this “friend” hears the same thing from his doctor every time he visits:

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Split Migration

As this is being written, the Industry has aligned to put all of us in the position of needing to migrate our file data from whatever system it may be on to a new platform. If your preference is EMC, then your future is ATMOS or Isilon. If you’re in the NetApp camp, then you have Clustered OnTap (8.2 Cluster Mode), e-Series or StorageGRID. Even Microsoft has come to the table with ReFS… not to mention, SWIFT, the “cloud”, etc.

Certainly a lot to think about. As you contemplate your migration, here are a few more things to consider:

File Data Partitioning

Today, most organizations treat all file data as if it were equal. It is all clustered, replicated, backed-up, archived – and more… At any given point in time, the average organization has more than 12 copies of their file data. One of our customers, by virtue of their geographies and process normally has 28. (Our current record holder.)

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SMB Fights Back

For years we've lived with "knowledge" that NFS is faster than CIFS... While this may still be true in general, it is not true on Microsoft systems running Windows 2012 with SMB 3.0. The new SMB 3 seamless supports multiple NICs and direct-to-memory transfers making it faster than almost all other protocols. Big Data... watch out. Microsoft is coming for you!

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