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Submission + - Does DIY Enterprise SAN Exist?

Anonymous Cow Nerd writes: All of my research indicates that, when it comes to storage area networks, you should just fork out the big bucks to the experts. Before I drop $100,000 of my employer's money, I wanted to ask if any slashdotters have succeeded in the elusive enterprise-capable DIY SAN. My notable goal is simply iSCSI storage for virtual servers and I am willing to go it alone in terms of 'official' hardware compatibility since our existing $45k (3TB) SAN is already on the list. Has OpenSolaris and ZFS matured into this yet? Do any of the commercial software SAN solutions fit the bill? I'm willing to pay for proper hardware but I'd like to ensure that I put the decimal at the correct magnitude. I'd use AoE but there are no adapters for my blade environment. Thin provisioning, IOPS, high availability and asynchronous replication — oh my!

Comment Ruby (Score 1) 9

I highly recommend getting him a copy of Chris Pine's "Learn to Program" and having him start out with Ruby.

Learning with a modern object-oriented language has the enormous benefit of allowing one to focus on flow and structure, without the clutter of underlying mechanics like pointers and memory allocation. Those things are easy to learn in isolation. Learning both how to think in software _and_ how your approach is supported at a low level, at the same time, is a burden that hasn't been necessary for over a decade.

Old school grumpies will tell you that it's important to learn both at the same time, because that's how they did it. Pants to that.

Comment And the value proposition is? (Score 1) 1

I'm wondering what Microsoft's intended global message is, on their value proposition. I thought a major element of their marketing edge was long-term support for their products. When you raise stability and performance concerns about Microsoft products in a technology selection discussion, the two things that come up are the assurance of long-term support, and ubiquity. And now it seems that Microsoft is left with only ubiquity, entrenching their position as the McDonalds of software.

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