EMC ViPR thoughts

I have been a little slow on the uptake on this one. I would like to say it is because I was carefully digesting the information, but that is not true; the reality is that I have just had 2 5 day weekends in 2 weeks :-).

The big announcement at ...

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Bamboo Invoice on Centos with Nginx

BambooInvoice is free Open Source invoicing software intended for small businesses and independent contractors. It is easy to use and creates pretty good looking invoices.

It is a simple PHP application that is based on the CodeIgniter framework. This means it is really simple to install on a typically LAMP ...

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Using Hiera with Puppet

Using Hiera with Puppet is something I have struggled with a bit. I could see the benefits, namely decoupling my site configuration from my logic. However, for some reason I struggled a bit to really get my head around it. This was compounded by it being quite new (only really ...

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Stop the hate on software RAID

{% img right /images/NetappClustering.jpg %}I've had a another bee in my bonnet recently. Specifically, it has been to do with hardware vs software RAID, but I think it goes deeper than that. It started a couple of months back with a discussion on Reddit. Some of the comments ...

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Writeable TFTP Server On CentOS

Well this caught me out for an embarassingly long time. There are loads of examples of setting up a TFTP server on the web. The vast majority of them assume that you are using them read-only for PXE booting.

I needed to make it writeable so that it could be ...

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What a boss owes their staff

{% img right /images/reputation-management-starts-with-trust.jpg %} I recently had a conversation on Twitter with my friend Rob Borley who runs a mobile startup. He had asked what interesting perks he should be giving his staff.

{% pullquote %} My initial response was the standard IT answer. Training, certifications and a lab to play ...

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The Linux to Storage

Martin "Storagebod" Glassborow recently wrote an interesting article where he asked "Who'll do a Linux to Storage?". As someone who is equal parts Storage and Linux, the same question runs around my head quite often. Not just that, but how to do it. It is safe to say that ...

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Something from the shadows

An intriguing startup came out of stealth mode a few days ago. Pernix Data was founded by Pookan Kumar and Satyam Vaghani, both of who were pretty near top of the pile in VMware's storage team.

What they are offering is, to me at least, a blinding flash of ...

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