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Paul Galjan
Interests: Technology, history, raising my kids
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I'd like to congratulate Cisco and welcome them to the Azure Stack OEM club. Those of us at Dell who have been intimately involved in the development of our Azure Stack systems know how powerfully transformative the Stack platform is,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Flipping Bits
I was recently invited to speak with some customers about Dell EMC's plans around Azure Stack. As we were progressing through the meeting, one frustrated participant remarked "This is offensive". That was a new one to me. I don't think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Flipping Bits
I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to lead the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud group in Dell EMC's Converged Platforms and Solutions Division. The last few years working with the Microsoft presales systems engineers at EMC have been a truly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Flipping Bits
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The DSSD D5 flash appliance hit the market earlier this year with a lot of deserved fanfare and some mind-numbing performance numbers associated with it. Getting up to 10 million IO/s and 100 GBytes/s out of flash dies residing in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Flipping Bits
I'm finding that the "cloud or not" decision increasingly reflects the "rent or buy" decision. Those decision trees have a lot more possible outcomes than they did a decade ago. For example, for most people the answer to "How do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Flipping Bits
A month ago, Gartner surprised many with their 2015 ODBMS Magic Quadrant publication in which Microsoft displaced Oracle for the top spot. As an outside, but nonetheless professionally invested observer, it didn't surprise me, and I'm really happy to see... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Flipping Bits
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A couple of days ago, our excellent Global Solutions Engineering team published two very notable reference architectures: Microsoft Cloud Foundation, and another tightly linked reference architecture that layers some of the most common Microsoft applications and platforms upon that foundation.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Flipping Bits
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Microsoft has done an amazing job building out the services available in Azure. They are simultaneously broad and deep, and expanding rapidly. My job is to help EMC’s presales engineering community make sense of how Microsoft and EMC interact (both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Flipping Bits
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Microsoft has made great strides with open source. Codeplex has been around for a long time, and the Microsoft github repository is growing. They’ve made real investments in Linux integration. The Docker integration was a shocker at first (the Kubernetes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Flipping Bits
In case you didn’t get the memo, the consumer (as opposed to Enterprise IT) is Microsoft’s customer. They aim to delight their customers, and they absolutely delighted consumers with the iOS Outlook release. By tightly integrating mail, calendar, and contacts,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Flipping Bits
The EMC Windows Console Extensions team has been hard at work developing the RecoverPoint Plug-in for System Center Virtualization Machine Manager version 1.0, which you can sign up for here. It is compatible with System Center 2012 SP1 UR5 and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Flipping Bits
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EMC has recently released a new (FREE) tool called Panorama. It can grant mobile access to any SMB2+ share. It’s currently supported through the free iPad Syncplicity client, and I’m told that more clients will be available soon. “Universally relevant”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Flipping Bits
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Imagine that you’re an eager young race car driver. You seek out the advice of a more experienced driver about the characteristics of your car, following his advice to the letter. Later that year, you both enter the same race.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Flipping Bits
I recently decided to re-read Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch, after having read it about 4 years ago. I remember being fairly skeptical after my first reading, especially having read his work “Does IT Matter?” (see footnote for what I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Flipping Bits
End users love file sync and share utilities – it helps them do their jobs efficiently. Enterprises love their Enterprise Content Management (ECM) infrastructure – they enable compliance with any number of data governance and eDiscovery regulations and policies. Wouldn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Flipping Bits
Ross Smith from Microsoft recently published a blog entry outlining Microsoft’s preferred architecture for Exchange (I’ll call it the MS PA). It’s certainly worth a read, as it covers the design criteria for Exchange that they’ve been working toward since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Flipping Bits
Wikibon recently published some results of a study analyzing the economics of Unified Communications as a Service, with Office 365 as a case study. Here are a few things that jumped out at me: On-premises deployments cost significantly less than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Flipping Bits
Of course sizing is simple when you have one product a single storage tier.
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WARNING: GEEK BLOG POST When you talk to a storage vendor about asynchronous block replication, your first two questions should be: Do you preserve write order fidelity within a single LUN? Can you preserve write order fidelity between multiple LUNs?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Flipping Bits
The end is nigh for the era of technet subscriptions. There are lots and lots of opinions out there, and my Mom used to say.... Maybe I shouldn't mention what my Mom said about opinions. I'll just leave it at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Flipping Bits
@Dan W: Thanks for the comment. I don't think there's anything to update with this - mount points haven't changed in a while. Also, almost 100% certain there are no performance implications of choosing mount points vs drive letters. From a theoretical perspective, I'm not sure how it would introduce latency or performance gates, and I certainly haven't heard of any issues associated with them.
@KR: I think there are problems with certain browsers. I can't view them with CHrome, but I can with IE.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2013 on Perfcollect video series at Flipping Bits
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People have been considering and comparing public (hosted) and private (on-premises) cloud solutions for some time in the messaging world, and at increasing rates for database and other application workloads. I’m often surprised at how many people either don’t know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Flipping Bits
An excellent question, TC. We've decided that perfcollect will remain a standalone tool to run locally on each machine/VM, primarily because the support issues associated with trying to collect remotely via WMI (any number of things can and do go wrong - firewalls, configuration problems, permissions, etc). The good news is that we are considering adding a "framework" tool that can push perfcollect out to machines, execute it, and harvest the data. This framework could be extended work with other collectors, like ESX scripts, VNX/NAR data, etc. This effort is being considered. To add your "vote", PM me and I'll put you in touch with the decision makers.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2012 on Perfcollect 4.1 at Flipping Bits
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The short answer? “Yes” The long answer? “Yyyyyesssss” But first let me get this out of the way: If you want to run Jetstress against any storage configuration I come up with, feel free. I wouldn’t put it forward if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Flipping Bits