Random Short Take #27

Welcome to my semi-regular, random news post in a short format. This is #27. You’d think it would be hard to keep naming them after basketball players, and it is. None of my favourite players ever wore 27, but Marvin Barnes did surface as a really interesting story, particularly when it comes to effective communication with colleagues. Happy holidays too, as I’m pretty sure this will be the last one of these posts I do this year. I’ll try and keep it short, as you’ve probably got stuff to do.

  • This story of serious failure on El Reg had me in stitches.
  • I really enjoyed this article by Raj Dutt (over at Cohesity’s blog) on recovery predictability. As an industry we talk an awful lot about speeds and feeds and supportability, but sometimes I think we forget about keeping it simple and making sure we can get our stuff back as we expect.
  • Speaking of data protection, I wrote some articles for Druva about, well, data protection and things of that nature. You can read them here.
  • There have been some pretty important CBT-related patches released by VMware recently. Anthony has provided a handy summary here.
  • Everything’s an opinion until people actually do it, but I thought this research on cloud adoption from Leaseweb USA was interesting. I didn’t expect to see everyone putting their hands up and saying they’re all in on public cloud, but I was also hopeful that we, as an industry, hadn’t made things as unclear as they seem to be. Yay, hybrid!
  • Site sponsor StorONE has partnered with Tech Data Global Computing Components to offer an All-Flash Array as a Service solution.
  • Backblaze has done a nice job of talking about data protection and cloud storage through the lens of Star Wars.
  • This tip on removing particular formatting in Microsoft Word documents really helped me out recently. Yes I know Word is awful.
  • Someone was nice enough to give me an acknowledgement for helping review a non-fiction book once. Now I’ve managed to get a character named after me in one of John Birmingham’s epics. You can read it out of context here. And if you’re into supporting good authors on Patreon – then check out JB’s page here. He’s a good egg, and his literary contributions to the world have been fantastic over the years. I don’t say this just because we live in the same city either.

Brisbane VMUG – Social Event – December 2015


We’re not really doing a VMUG meeting in December, but SimpliVity have extended an invitation to local VMUG members to come along and see the new Star Wars movie. It should be a lot of fun – registration details are in the invitation below.


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Event Date: December 17th 2015

Event Time: 18:00 – 21:00 AEST

Event Location: Palace Barracks Cinema, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane   


Another chapter in the story of good vs. evil is beginning, and we’d like to invite you to be a part of it. Join us for a private viewing of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, one of the most anticipated films of the year.
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This exclusive event promises to deliver an out of this world experience where you can enjoy Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and learn how to move your data center from the dark to the light side – with the power of OmniStack 3.0 and the industry’s most complete guarantee. Space is limited, register today!