Patchsee Intelligent Cable reviewed (and taken apart!)
Feb27

Patchsee Intelligent Cable reviewed (and taken apart!)

Check out this quick review of the PatchSee cable system and see how it’s put together!

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How to add enough storage to not care anymore (with no down time)!
Feb15

How to add enough storage to not care anymore (with no down time)!

In this blog entry we add 8 WD Red 4TB disks to an ESXi server, extending its usable space to 21.x TB without any downtime at all!

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How does disk performance really affect VMs?  Part II
Jan30

How does disk performance really affect VMs? Part II

So I left off last time with simple benchmark results having moved my test VM around from one type of storage to the next.  If you haven’t read that article, here is a link for you to catch up on.  As you may recall we just wrapped up measuring throughput on the various storage types (two SSDs, an eight-disk RAID10 array, and a five-disk RAID5 array).  Now, we’ll be measuring the IOPS (I/O Operations Per Second) that these...

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How does disk performance really affect VMs?
Jan29

How does disk performance really affect VMs?

Part 1 Most people know that SSDs are fast with high IOPS and mechanical disks are slower, offering less speed per unit and lower IOPS, but a better cost per TB.   Most “high end” enthusiast SSDs (read:  consumer) these days will offer 400+ MB/s and at least 70k IOPS at medium queue depths.  Mechanical disks might only offer 75 – 140 IOPS per disk and 100 – 125 MB/s transfer.  However, we also know that we can...

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pfSense 2.2 Released!
Jan24

pfSense 2.2 Released!

Hey guys – really excited to share this.  It looks as if pfSense 2.2  was finally released yesterday (Jan 23rd, 2015).  Of course it comes out after I deployed another 2.1.5 release, but that’s ok.  So anyway, they talk about adding 55 features/tasks and fixing 135 bugs that were in 2.1.5 – pretty impressive!  Here is their blog post highlighting it!  Be sure to check it...

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