<![CDATA[Infrageeks]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/ Infrageeks en noreply@infrageeks.com Copyright 2018 2018-04-24T16:01:12+00:00 <![CDATA[The World Speaks Many Languages]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-world-speaks-many-languages https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-world-speaks-many-languages One thing that has been put front and centre with the release of the new Apple HomePod: Siri’s limitations. The common complaint from the predominantly North American and British tech reporting is that it is... 2018-02-13T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[The conundrum of tracking political advertising on modern ad platforms]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-conundrum-of-tracking-political-advertising-on-modern-ad-platforms https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-conundrum-of-tracking-political-advertising-on-modern-ad-platforms This problem has been bouncing around in the back of my head for a while now and I needed to get some of this out. One of the current issues that people are currently trying to wrap their heads around is the... 2017-12-29T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[vMax to the Max]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/vmax-to-the-max https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/vmax-to-the-max I was honoured to participate in Storage Field Day 14 as a delegate and the first presentation up was from the Dell EMC High End storage team covering the state of the vMax, specifically looking at the... 2017-11-28T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Storage Field Day 14 coming up]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/storage-field-day-14-coming-up https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/storage-field-day-14-coming-up I'm looking forward to the next iteration of which is coming up quickly next week. For a change, this trip is going to be linked to the CommVault Go event as well. The final lineup is a little heavy on EMC... 2017-11-03T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[iPads and keyboards]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipads-and-keyboards https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipads-and-keyboards I’ve been a fan of the iPad since the beginning and currently use an iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 for various types of work. One thing the iPad does very well is when you want to concentrate on writing, you can pull... 2017-10-19T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Amazon’s advantage in IT commodity hardware]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/amazon-s-advantage-in-it-commodity-hardware https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/amazon-s-advantage-in-it-commodity-hardware I’ve been working in France now for going on 15 years and as an independent consultant for about the last 3. I don’t generally sell hardware and restrict my activities to consulting. But every once and a while,... 2017-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Firmware updates]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/firmware-updates https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/firmware-updates Here’s one for the strange interactions file. I have a client that is using FreeNAS for some high speed cheap storage using SuperMicro servers and SSDs. There was some discussion about using Open ZFS on Linux,... 2017-10-13T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Home Femto devices]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/home-femto-devices https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/home-femto-devices Tip of the day : If you have a femtocell that’s not working and you use a real firewall instead of the service provider’s regular DSL modem/router, go check if IPSec passthrough is enabled. That should make it... 2017-05-23T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Unsung feature of the Airpods]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/unsung-feature-of-the-airpods https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/unsung-feature-of-the-airpods There’s one thing that seems to be consistently missing from all of the reviews of modern headphones is the quality of the microphones. Lots of time and talk about the quality of the headphones for listening to... 2017-04-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[FreeNAS Corral Notes & First Impressions]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/freenas-corral-notes-first-impressions https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/freenas-corral-notes-first-impressions Well, it’s finally here - a complete rewrite of the FreeNAS middleware and UI with the latest version of FreeBSD bring things up to modern standards with nice things like USB 3 support for those of us building... 2017-03-21T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[In a pinch...]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/in-a-pinch https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/in-a-pinch A fun story for the sysadmins out there on an ugly situation that got fixed relatively easily. Recently, I ran into a situation in a client datacenter where they were running a FreeNAS system where the USB key... 2016-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Thunderbolt: a fast and cheap SAN]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/thunderbolt-a-fast-and-cheap-san https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/thunderbolt-a-fast-and-cheap-san The lack up uptake by major vendors of Thunderbolt as a transport for storage systems has baffled me for a long time. For large systems there are a number of hard limitations that make it less than ideal, but... 2016-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[An interesting dual-site ScaleIO Configuration (probably unsupported)]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/an-interesting-dual-site-scaleio-configuration-probably-unsupported https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/an-interesting-dual-site-scaleio-configuration-probably-unsupported ScaleIO is a member of the new class of scale-out storage systems that permits you to scale-out your storage by adding additional nodes either in a hyperconverged configuration with VMs installed in your... 2016-06-27T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Why the reticence to trying scale out storage?]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/why-the-reticence-to-trying-scale-out-storage https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/why-the-reticence-to-trying-scale-out-storage I’ve been running into a few projects where I’ve been working with different companies that are in the process of doing a storage refresh and for some reason I’m seeing some fairly strong push back against... 2016-05-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[My new mobile lab]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/my-new-mobile-lab https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/my-new-mobile-lab Mobile lab I’ve always tried to have a decent home lab setup and have been happily using various mixes of HP Microservers, Intel NUCs, Mac Minis and various white box systems. Of course, each of these systems... 2016-03-29T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Hyperconvergence webinar]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/hyperconvergence-webinar https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/hyperconvergence-webinar A quick news update. I’ll be cohosting a SimpliVity sponsored webinar (in French) on the state of the Hyperconvergence marketplace, based on the analysis of the survey done by ActualTech Media. We’ll be going a... 2015-06-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Can't register vSphere Replication appliance]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/cant-register-vsphere-replication-appliance https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/cant-register-vsphere-replication-appliance I ran into an interesting problem the other day when deploying vSphere Replication where the Appliance couldn’t register the service with vCenter. It turns out to be a combination of factors about the network... 2015-03-20T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Edition issues]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/edition-issues https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/edition-issues Edition issues I’ve been standing on the sidelines of discussions surrounding the Apple Edition Watch and the pricing, listening to points varying from the tech world’s point of view where value is derived... 2015-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Back to backups (yet again)]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/back-to-backups-yet-again https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/back-to-backups-yet-again In the world of information technology, nothing is static and lasts forever, especially best practices. I’ve been pointing out to clients for a while now that backups need to be rethought in terms of the “jobs... 2015-03-03T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Datacenter SSDs cross over the price/Gb Barrier]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/datacenter-ssds-cross-over-the-pricegb-barrier https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/datacenter-ssds-cross-over-the-pricegb-barrier This is a bit of a head scratcher. Samsung’s latest datacenter SSD lineup is now in the same price range as comparable enterprise SAS drives. According to the documentation, the high endurance models are good... 2015-03-03T00:00:00+00:00