Storage Saavy in SoCal? Want a Job?

At EMC we’re constantly growing…and with the launch of our VNX and VNXe storage lines, we’re growing like CRAZY!

So here’s a calling for all of you storage geeks out there….

Are you storage saavy? Not necessarily EMC, but perhaps NetApp, 3PAR, Compellent, HDS or IBM and want to work with a great team of storage specialists, learn all of the latest and greatest things from EMC and have fun while doing it all?

Currently in the Southern California area we have opened up a few new requisitions and are actively looking for some great talent to come on board! So if you are in the Los Angeles, Orange or San Diego County area please shoot me a message and I’ll get you in touch with a hiring manager ASAP!

Created on March 1, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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Huge Things Coming from EMC

Although I cannot publicly discuss any of the huge things coming, I can invite you to register for our launch event on Tuesday, January 18th. I can guarantee you will be amazed of what we’re announcing and you will not be let down….as the marketing campaign says Records will be broken!

I invite everyone, even our competitors to register for the launch event. To register visit

Created on January 10, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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2010 Wrap-Up

Wow, where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was dabbling with VMware GSX to give some extra workstations to application developers, that was over 7 years ago. Now I’m working for a Fortune 500 company doing what I love more than anything, talking about wickedly cool stuff!

2010 has been an amazing ride, probably the best year of my life and it’s just the beginning. Beautiful brand new home, a new job working for the best company with the best people in the industry, a new addition to the family (our puppy Chloe), good health and overall happiness.

The holiday season is a great time to reflect back and to be thankful for all that you have and have done. With that I’d like to thank Chad Sakac, Wade O’Harrow and Jeff Thomas for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’d like to thank my beautiful partner Mandy for putting up with me and things we’ve dealt with this year (home-ownership, traveling for business and for just putting up with me :)). And finally I’d like to thank my readers, for continuing to visit the website and for sticking with me even though the amount of content has dwindled – I promise, one of my Resolutions for 2011 is to change my ways and get some more quality content online!

With that I feel I must follow in year-end blog tradition and post my thoughts on what’s to come in 2011.

  • 2009 2010 2011 will be the year of Virtual Desktops (VDI)
  • The way we think about networking will change (OTV, FCoE)
  • The way we think about storage will change (Storage Pools, Auto Tiering, HUGE Cache footprints)
  • The way we deploy virtualization will change (Vblock)
  • Mixed workload deployment (Private and Public Cloud)

Those are some high level thoughts and frankly I could dive deeply into each one of those things, but to some things up I’ll try to make it really simple. Things are going to get really easy for administrators and end-users alike and things are going to get real dynamic. We’re moving back to the mainframe days, there will be datacenter administrators that manage our virtual infrastructures which consists of compute, storage and network. Each one of these pieces inherently will simplify as well (flat converged networks, automated tiered storage and web portals for public consumption just to name a few). However, we will not leverage this internal (private) cloud for everything, some things can sit out in the external (public) cloud in an effort to be more elastic and cost effective. Then at the end of this is end-user accessibility (or mobility), in terms of VDI we’ll see the adoption of many different end-points (thin, thick, mobile, tablet, etc) giving access to a centralize desktop from anywhere. Because in the end the world is full of consumers who want what they want, when they want.

So there you have it, simple consumption, simple administration, simple design and even simplicity in deployment through complete stack offerings like the Vblock. Hopefully I’ll get some time to deep dive into each one of these things individually as they really are all amazing technologies.

With that I’m going to shut ‘er down for a few days and enjoy the holidays. May you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!

Created on December 23, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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VMware View 4.5 is Now Available

One week after the finish of VMworld 2010 US Edition VMware drops one of the most anticipated releases of their flagship desktop virtualization product, VMware View 4.5.

Before I get into the details of what’s new in this major dot release one must ponder why this release goes against the VMware version standards that were placed when vSphere 4.0 was released.  How come this version isn’t 4.1? Or furthermore how come vSphere 4.1 isn’t vSphere 4.5 — there were definitely enough enhancements for vS 4.1 to be a major release.

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Created on September 11, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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SDDPC is a Finalist for SNW Best Practices Award

I’m extremely excited to announce that my employer, San Diego Data Processing Corporation (SDDPC), has been announced as a finalist for a Storage Networking World Best Practices in Storage Award in the ROI and Best Practices in Green Computing and the Data Center category.

ROI and Best Practices in Green Computing and the Data Center: 
This category includes one or more of these three areas:The nominations may highlight the business and economic impact of green IT initiatives. The convergence of pressures to reduce IT operational costs and the need to be more energy efficient presents new opportunities. The nomination may highlight challenges, initiatives and improvements in energy consumption and a transition to sustainable computing models. Enterprise-wide efforts would be appropriate. The nomination may highlight data center-based challenges, initiatives and solutions to become greener is growing to be an important operational area for IT management attention. All green IT data center and virtualization initiatives may be included. 

The “Best Practices in Storage” Honorees will be announced on Tuesday, April 7th during SNW, taking place April 6-9, 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.  

Special thanks to NetApp for nominating our environment for this award. It sure makes us feel good to be noticed for the hard work we’ve put into building The City of San Diego’s storage infrastructure.

Created on April 7, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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REAL Systems Engineers Don’t Need GUIs

Today I needed a little amusement.  In an article posted on Tech Target, Beth Pariseau discusses the new upcoming NetApp System Manager (NSM). In a comment from Reinoud Reynders, IT manager for the University of Hospitals of Leuven in Belgiumin, he states:

“In general, a GUI is a sexy tool, that all vendors like to demonstrate but a “real/old fashioned” system engineer will use it not very often. For vendors, it’s very important that they have one (for pre-sales activities), but after that, the use is less important.”

Being a UNIX Administrator at heart, this made me chuckle.  But then I started thinking about ESXi and how you need the VIC (vSphere Client) to maintain and manage….I almost started crying, I’ll be forced to use a GUI to manage my own systems…but then I remembered, ESXi has a hidden console!  Whew!

Check out the award NetApp won at VMworld Europe.  This post also includes screen shots from the upcoming NetApp System Manager.

Created on March 5, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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NetApp & VMware Webcast: Protect Your Virtualized Environment

Live Webcast
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Join us for a live Webcast and hear Rick Scherer, San Diego Data Processing Corporation, discuss his team’s strategy for protecting over 300 virtual machines from system, storage, network, and facility failures.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific
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  • Cost-effectively automate disaster recovery.
  • Eliminate host-server bottlenecks with instantaneous virtual machine backups.
  • Implement policy-based backups using Snapshot™ technology.
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Created on February 5, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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Issue: VMware ESX/ESXi SAN I/O Failure

In the twitter queue today I heard a new VMware KB has been released in regards to a potential SAN failure (FibreChannel and iSCSI).  More information and the most recent updates can be found on the VMware KB.  I’ve included a breakdown of the issue and resolution, which can be found below.

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Created on January 12, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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HP MSA1500 Ruined My Customers Week

A customer of mine with a small ESX deployment ran into some major grief this week with their MSA1500.  Unfortunately for them, it took 3 days for them to pick up the phone and get hold of me. This isn’t the first time I’ve ran into a problem caused by an MSA1500, and it will not be the last.  Symptoms start out minimal, VMs appear to be running slow…systems unresponsive…then BOOM all out catastrophic failure!

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Created on January 9, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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VM Storage – RAID Protection and Performance

In the VM blogging world today there was some discussion on which RAID level to use with your virtual environment (Professional VMware Blog & Roger Lund’s IT Blog). This is not an exact science, it really depends on what your doing and what your budget is – and what your storage array supports. If your as fortunate as I am and have a NetApp, you get to use their patented RAID-DP which is their flavor of RAID 6 (ADG) offering double parity – meaning you can sustain a dual disk failure per RAID group and see no performance degradation when repairing the RAID group.

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Created on December 22, 2008 by Rick Scherer

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