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The Grand Unification Storage Theory

May 18, 2016 4 comments

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I read with interest an article on The Register about a panel that happened at TECHunplugged (I wish I had known about this; I would have tried to attend in person if possible). The article was entitled “One Storage Protocol to Rule Them All” by Chris Evans, who is someone I like and respect a great deal in the industry.

The key clickbait for me, however, was the interesting tagline, “And why are Fibre Channel fans so, er, stubborn about movements?” Being heavily involved in both Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (as I write this, I’m on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, though this is just my thoughts, not the FCIA’s), I was keen to see just how aligned his thoughts and mine might be.

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Follow-up: Synology Responds to My Questions

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Take a photo from my “good side,” please…

I would like to apologize to those who have been searching for, and found, my Synology blogs and wondered what the answers were to the questions that I posed at the end of my last post on Synology’s new Backup Methodology. I had wanted to get that post out as soon as I could, knowing that I would be disassembling my home lab in order to move to a different state.

Now that I’ve moved, I can finally take two seconds to share the (unabridged) response that I received from Synology regarding btrfs and backup mechanics. I should note that I have not had a chance to do any testing yet, though everything is set up to do so. All I need now is the time.

So, without further ado, here are the responses I received. If you wish to share your experience – either similar or different, please assist in expanding the general knowledge by adding your comments below.

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Synology Releases DSM 6.0: New Backup Methodology

March 24, 2016 6 comments

CC000571Today Synology launched their new DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0, one of the biggest overhauls of the OS to date. Among the major feature updates is a profound bolstering of their snapshotting, backup, and archiving functionalities.

I’ve written extensively about Synology’s Backup functionality for DSM 5.2 (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), but have held off on pulling the trigger on a Cloud-based “part 4” for a variety of reasons (which are better left for a different post). With DSM 6.0 there are more than just a few “under-the-hood” changes, and some of the language in the announcement made me raise an eyebrow. Read more…

Review: Synology DS216+ First Look

March 24, 2016 1 comment

Screen shot 2016-02-11 at 5.56.35 PMA few weeks ago Synology sent me a DS216+ to review. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to give it the thorough examination as I had wished, but I did manage to do a couple of quick tests in a temporary (that is, don’t try this at home or for a long-term solution) configuration.

Overall I found the installation process to be even more simplified than before, and the performance to be quite impressive.

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FCoE Quickie: Using Standard Ethernet Switches

February 14, 2016 Leave a comment

I happened to come across a tweet on Twitter that asked the question:

“Can FCoE ‘just work’ on regular Ethernet switches?”

The answer to the question, while leading the asker to the right answer (no, you can’t use any old Ethernet switch) was nevertheless inaccurate.  Read more…

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Comparison Review: Blood Glucose iOS apps

January 25, 2016 2 comments

[Note: If you are not a diabetic, or do not know a diabetic, this comparison chart will be of little interest to you]

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Glucose Buddy

Version Tested

3.9.0

3.7.0

Grade

B+

D+

Cost

Free/Pro up to $139.99

Free/Pro up to $13.99

Data Entry

A

D+

Charts & Graphs

B

F

Export

F/B-

D

Import

F/D-

F

Backup/Cloud

C

A

Email Data

F/B-

D+

Desktop Integration

N/A

N/A

Web Integration

B

A

Printing

N/A

N/A

Reminders

A

F

Insulin Correction Calculation

N/A*

N/A

Nutrition Calculator

N/A

F

A1C Estimator

**

N/A

Community

A

B

Annotation

A

C

 

 

 

* Not available in this version

** Need to be validated

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Review: Glucose Buddy (iOS App)

January 25, 2016 1 comment
Prepare to Tap!

Prepare to Tap!

App Name: Glucose Buddy

Version: 3.7.0

Developer: Azumio

Date Updated: October 12, 2012

Cost: Free; up to $13.99 for additional features

Overall Score/Value: D+

A part of the ongoing review of diabetic glucose applications for iOS/iPhone.

Executive Summary

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. An all-around painful experience with useless charting capabilities, whose only saving grace is the tight integration with a more-capable (but still limited) companion website. Read more…

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