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2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks
If that someone special in your life has storage on their mind come the holidays, we may be able to help with gift ideas. With ideas ranging from the very affordable (free) to very expensive (skipping a few mortgage payments), we've combed the world of storage procurement so you don't have to.
SuperComputing 2010: Faster, Denser Storage Technologies
The SuperComputing Conference is THE international conference and expo for all things HPC (High Performance Computing). The astute attendee of this year's conference could see that storage is a big part of this year's show. Two major storage trends from this year's conference: really fast storage and really dense storage.
All That Java Jive
I love coffee, I love tea. I love the Java Jive and it loves me.* If Java is giving you jive, put your fears aside. You'll soon love it sweet and hot. Or maybe not.
Data Replication Using rsync
Having just discussed replication in Linux -- what it is, how it can be used and how it's not the same as a backup -- it's time to tackle a simple example of one of the replication tools: rsync. You will be surprised how easy it is to use rsync to replicate data to a second storage pool.
Wireshark II: The Analysis
Find out if those TCP streams on your network are filled with C monsters or if it's smooth sailing for your Internet surfers.
Wireshark: An Ethereal Experience
If you love the aroma of network packets, you'll love capturing a snifter full of your favorite network-scented morsels with Wireshark, the world's most popular network protocol analyzer.
As Easy As Openfiler
Need an easy and powerful storage solution? Openfiler is one excellent option. Let's check it out.
Saving Yourself with Data Replication
Data can be the currency, Intellectual Property, and life blood of many a company. One technique to make sure that your data is readily available is data replication. Not quite the same as data backup but can be equally important.
Intro to Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules
Every time you log into a Linux system, you're using the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). Let's take a closer look what's going on under the hood.
The VMFS-3 Virtual Blockade
If VMFS-3 has you blocked, help has arrived in the form of magic SAN and an attentive Wizard.
Storage DBAN, Disksposal and Diskpensation
What you do with your disks after you're done with them does matter. Find out how to properly prepare them for the next owner.
One Billion Dollars! Wait... I Mean One Billion Files!!!
The world is awash in data. This fact is putting more and more pressure on file systems to efficiently scale to handle increasingly large amounts of data. Recently, Ric Wheeler from Redhat experimented with putting 1 Billion files in a single file system to understand what problems/issues the Linux community might face in the future. Let's see what happened...
Gnome Partition Editor: The Dearly GParted
GParted is an essential system administration tool. Learn to use it wisely.
Bcache Testing: Large Files and a Wrap-Up
This month we have been testing a new kernel patch named bcache that takes SSDs and uses them as a cache for block devices (with the typical device being hard drives). This article wraps up the testing with an investigation of the throughput of large files and summarizes all the testing to date (and there's a lot of that).
Ten Essential Linux Admin Tools
Every good Linux System Administrator has a set of tools they reach for again-and-again. Here are ten must haves for your virtual utility belt.
Storage Monitoring via SystemTap
With storage becoming increasingly complex, being able to monitor what's happening with your servers has taken on a critical role. To truly understand what is happening with your storage you may need to monitor what is happening within the kernel.
Shell In A Box Gives Your Browser Terminal Status
Shell In A Box gives you simple web-based terminal access to your Linux system.
Bcache Testing: Metadata
Our two prior articles have detailed the performance results from a new patch, bcache, that uses SSDs to cache hard drives. We've looked at the throughput and IOPS performance of bcache and -- while it is still very new and under heavy development -- have found that in some cases it can help performance. This article examines the metadata performance of bcache hoping to also find areas where it can further boost performance.
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