OT: My absence

To my three loyal readers, I must apologise for the relative paucity of blog posts recently. I’ve been consulting in a mid-large government department lately and haven’t done a lot of work that lends itself to this blog. Instead, I’ve been doing lots of pictures and lots of typing, and developing a plan of attack for their storage and data protection environment. It’s been a challenge, in so far as they have a bad habit of throwing storage at problems before checking if they’re really problems. To wit, the CX3-40f I configured last year with 5 DAEs is now fully populated with all 16 DAEs. There’s also a CX700 still doing its thing (almost fully populated), and a few other CLARiiONs performing other duties. I’ve also seen a few bizarre things happen there too, the strangest of which was when one of the sys admins uninstalled the e-mail archive program from the servers. This, in turn, deleted some C-CLIPs from the Centera, as they had no fixed policy on retention in place. Who’d have thought the Centera Backup and Recovery Module (CBRM) for EMC NetWorker actually worked? I could go on, but I think it’s best if I don’t.

So, my three month stint is almost up, but it looks like it will be extended another three months, and possibly extended again after that. So the blog posts may still be few and far between for the next little while, although I am hoping to start work on vSphere 4 shortly, and will no doubt have some stuff to write about Brocade / Cisco interop and how to make and break Cisco 9513 Directors. So, er, thanks for reading …