Archie Hendryx

SAN, NAS, Back Up / Recovery, Virtualisation & Cloud Specialist. Please note that the thoughts, comments, views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not those of the company I work for. Content published here is not read or approved in advance by my employer and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the company I work for. Currently working as a Principal vArchitect for the company VCE.

Latest Posts

Extreme Storage - EMC’s VPLEX and DDN Takeover Plan

Talk to the average Storage Engineer who manages the growth of your datacenter’s modular system about Petaflops, Exabytes, Petabytes of Archives or 1TB of sustained bandwidth and you’ll probably find them scratching their heads in disbelief. This is the reality that does exist in the world of super computing and what is sometimes referred to as Extreme Storage.

May 28, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


The War of Vendors Diversifies with Unified Storage

In the past week HDS finally revealed their response to the VMware-Cisco-EMC alliance with the launch of a unified computing platform including integrated storage, server, and networking technology. With the aid of Microsoft, HDS have stated that their centralized storage, server and networking platform will be launched early next year.

April 29, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


Essential Cloud Considerations

Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one which holds numerous benefits.

March 17, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


Will the SUN set on Hitachi Data Systems OEM relationship?

On January 26th just prior to the official announcement of Oracle’s takeover of SUN Microsystems, I confidently predicted in my article 'SUN’s Oracle Merger' with regards to SUN’s storage portfolio that “One certainty is that the OEM partnership with HDS’ enterprise arrays will continue.” Perhaps it’s time to eat some humble pie.

February 28, 2010 by Archie Hendryx

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Is Veeam the Best Back Up Solution for VSphere 4?

When VMware first introduced VCB as part of the ESX package, it never did seem more than a temporary / complimentary solution for customers who had a small environment of 100 VMs or less. With the launch of VSphere4 and the subsequent introduction of APIs which allowed external applications and scripts to communicate directly to the ESX, it was apparent that VMware was beginning the gradual move to offload the backup solution to the Backup experts.

February 18, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


Infiniband – Boldly Going Where No Architecture Has Gone Before

Back in 2005 we all knew that Fibre Channel and Ethernet would eventually support transmission rates of 10 Gbit/s and above and now in 2010 that day has pretty much dawned on us. In the excitement of those days what was always a concern was that the host’s I/O bus would need to transmit data at the same rate.

February 8, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


Live Life to the V-Max

It was early 2009 when I first received word of EMC’s new Enterprise Storage, which at that time was being coined ‘The Tigron’. Rumours were abound that EMC were now going down the same route as the HDS USPV and taking the virtualisation through the array route.

February 4, 2010 by Archie Hendryx


Is The Future Really Flash?

With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer, the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5 inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive era) for GB USB sticks, surely the drive for tiered storage based upon different grades of SSDs should be just as rapid?

February 2, 2010 by Archie Hendryx