March 13, 2012

Equallogic: Remove Volume Snapshot Reserve

So if you purchased  a Equallogic and put it into production one of the first things that you notice is that your xTB didn’t go as far as you originally planned, this is because Equallogic by default comes with a 100% snapshot reserve on all volumes that you create.  This means that if you allocate a 1TB LUN, then the system provisions 1TB of LUN […]
February 28, 2012

iSCSI Initiator: OpenIndiana

Alot of my time is spent handling storage from the array side, however recently I had the need to test both sides of the process in order to perform some exclusionary tests against a fully adaptable environment, without impacting our production environments, so I ended up using OpenIndiana 151a on both the target and initator side of the connection.  This is how you handle the […]
February 27, 2012

Adventures in ZFS: Configuring iSCSI Targets

The most critical thing about any storage implementation is flexibility.  This means that you need to be able to adapt your solution to changing environmental considerations.  The nice thing about a ZFS-based solution is that all of the building blocks are available.  If you want to use it as a NAS device, you can use CIFS, NFS.  If you want to provision Fibre Channel that […]
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