Category Archives: Storage

Patch Fusion-io VSL for FreeBSD 9 to work with FreeBSD 10

By | February 26, 2017

I didn’t write this patch, but it’s been forwarded to me and my understanding is that a Fusion-io customer wrote this a while back. VSL (the software driver for Fusion-io cards) can be recompiled (all the real IP is pre-compiled in an included library), allowing VSL to be recompiled for variations in a given operating… Read More »

Pure FlashArray – Quick/Easy Capacity Expansion

By | August 3, 2015

I drove up to Dallas the other day to add a shelf of storage for a customer’s DR array. They were very interested in seeing the physical installation, but they are based in San Antonio and it was difficult for them to break away for a day just to watch the install. I decided to document… Read More »

Hybrid Arrays aren’t bullshit, but the name is!

By | March 18, 2014

Why in the world has the storage industry come up with this name “Hybrid Array” for arrays that are combinations of Flash (usually SSD) and HDD? At first it makes sense, but when you dig into it, it does not. Most of the enterprise tier 1 and tier 2 disk arrays sold in the past… Read More »

Don’t trust your primary data to a Drobo

By | December 28, 2013

I was reminded to data about the availability issues with storage. Of course, I live it every day on the “sell side” working for Pure Storage. But for my home lab and office, I tend to have “less than enterprise” requirements. Even so, my primary use of my DroboElite has been for secondary copies (backups)… Read More »