Again this week we had a disk fail in one of our ageing 6140 arrays. no big deal, but once I'd pulled the failed disk, waited around for a few mins, and replaced the disk with a new one copybook didn't start of its own accord. I've seen this a number of times before, but... Continue Reading →
The storage market has to be the most unsettled it's been in years. The wide variety of storage vendors, with good independents is a shrinking landscape. The power plays and buy outs makes for some very careful decisions if you're about to buy storage. My short advice is be careful and if you can..wait it out.
Updating the firmware on the 6000 series arrays can be tricky, but it all starts with getting hold of the correct tools and the prescribed guidance. This post points you in the right direction.
Dell buying Compellent changes the storage playing field yet again. How it will all pan out and what will end up 'king' of the marketplace? Time will tell.
As each new vSphere4 server is brought online, this causes the 6140 controllers to perform an AVT.
Sometimes you need to make use of second user disks from other storage subsystems, without clearing the foreign system data from it, it could corrupt your live system.
Sun Storagetek FLX 280 unresponsive in Santricity after drive by-passed.
Upgrading a 6140 from old 06 generation firmware to 07 firmware (Crystal) is a big jump with a lot of unknowns. You need to know a few of the gotcha's
Anyone who deals with Sun/Storagetek SAN hardware will know all about firmware upgrades and firmware versioning. It's tricky to get the right level for you at the right time, and of course just like any firmware, there's always a newer one to fix bugs you'll "probably" never have. At the same time, there are also... Continue Reading →