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Load Balancing: It’s all a matter of perspective

Wikipedia, generically, defines load balancing as "a computer networking methodology to distribute workload across multiple computers or a computer cluster, network links, central processing units, disk drives, or other resources, to achieve optimal resource utilization, maximize throughput, minimize response time, and avoid overload."1 Within the data storage arena, it is generally understood to mean spreading I/O over various interfaces on a host server to eliminate performance bottlenecks. Wh

October 9, 2012 No Comments Full Story

Gresham considers using EDT to dramatically extend LTFS

Let me start by saying that we don’t develop solutions in a bubble. We believe in creating solutions that the market truly needs, not merely what we think is cool (although we like to do that too). That means we need feedback and, with that in mind, I'm seeking feedback from you on our ideas regarding LTFS... What is LTFS? The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) is a self-describing tape format developed by IBM and later by HP. LTFS presents a drive letter to an Operating System in much the same

August 30, 2012 No Comments Full Story

Making the Switch: Moving to an Externally Managed Tape Library in TSM

Making the Switch: Moving to an Externally Managed Tape Library in TSM

TSM admins, it's decision time! You have run out of capacity (or you know that day is coming) in your tape library and are (or will be) deploying additional tape drives, media or maybe even an additional tape library to meet the demand. This needs to happen quickly because your Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are at risk and whether or not you know it, you are at a crossroads and have an important decision to make: do I take this opportunity to move to ‘LIBTYPE=EXTERNAL’ or continue to use

March 20, 2012 No Comments Full Story


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