Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gotta love how things work out

First, it turned out we've not moved to Oregon, but instead we wound up in Washington. Weird how that works out. Since we're in temporary housing at the moment, I haven't unpacked all of my equipment as yet. I've also not managed to order the gear I wanted. We've pretty much spent the past few weeks travelling up and down the coast, and tonight we introduced our youngest kids to the Goonies. We've been wandering around Astoria, trying to guess where this or that was filmed. It's been a lot of fun, and now the kids have gotten to see the film they are starting to understand our fascination with it. We've also been enjoying the bridges and coastline, both of which are amazing.

Hopefully in a few more weeks I'll actually have some news for you guys. I'll be going over several systems, including Xen, VMWare ESXi, and Oracle's logical domains. Hopefully I'll be doing so on a Supermicro quad node system. If... If If. We'll see how things work out from here.

and hopefully we'll be doing so from a house instead of from motel room to motel room.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The always incredible, informative and oddly enough, required First Post.

There always has to be a first post, and this one is mine. Literally! I've not had a personal website in over a decade due to always being far too busy to maintain the old one. Continuing on in the personal note vein, my family and I are working on moving from Anchorage, Alaska to Salem, Oregon. Once there, I will be setting up a new lab to continue working on several ideas for hardware and software monitoring, storage and virtualization methods. Currently, I use several different versions of VMWare in my day job, being vmware server 1.0.x, 2.0.x, esx 3.5 to 4.0, esxi 3.5 and 4.0. I also design, build and deploy SAN/NAS hardware based on x86 processors running on both software and hardware raid devices, anywhere from 4 disk to 16 disk trays running the OpenFiler linux distribution. I really enjoy this one as it's incredibly flexible and once you get past a couple minor headaches (very minor, as usual RTFM helps immensely) it's an amazing platform for serving data. Whether iSCSI, NFS, SFTP, or SMB it holds up very well. I also use commercial SANs from Dell/Equallogic. They've created some amazing iSCSI storage systems that I've been using for years now. Hopefully I'll be able to give them some competition in the upcoming years.

I'm also redesigning our current monitoring system and basing it off of a very small embedded devices known as Gumstix. These devices are amazing! If you haven't had the chance to check one out, you really should. Entry level devices can be had fairly cheap, and if you can use linux, you can use these.

There you have it. First Post.