So how do you put that together?

May 4, 2012

Had a call from a customer who had already purchased a bunch of hardware and wanted to know how to put it together. While this is not my ideal way to go about things (generally I like to talk to people “before” they spend any money), the deed had been done so I needed to explain my best thoughts on how to put this all together.

The explanation was not going well. I wanted the customer to create a hybrid raid, and my explanation just wasn’t sinking in. I thought to myself – I’ve written something about this somewhere … now where did I put those files?

It finally occurred to me that I wrote some stuff for marketing who put it all in a whitepaper and stuck it on our web. So I took the customer past ET (see if you can tell me what I mean by that), and through to the “new whitepaper” on hybrid raid on our website.

I completely ignored the first page (because I didn’t write that) and moved to the following pages and their neat little diagrams of how to mix and match SSD and spinning media to get the best combinations of performance, capacity, cost etc. Worked like a treat. As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

So take a look at the whitepaper – I’m not going to give you the link because I want you to work out my ET joke (if in fact you are old enough).



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