January 2006

EVA 8000 goes live:   We went live on the EVA 8000 last night. This had been delayed significantly due to our ongoing SAN issues. I have always suspected that the path issue is related to the version of firmware running on the 3200 SAN switches. As this is the minimum version required to support the EVA 8000, I was considerably worried about going live and then being told by HP that we would have to down-rev the switch firmware, leaving the EVA in an unsupported configuration. With the implementation of the 4GB switches on the weekend, if HP plays the down-rev card, I can move the EVA off the 2GBs to the 4GBs and avoid the unsupported configuration. (115 words, 1 comments, 0 pings)

Alpha Emulator:   A Dutch company has released an Alpha emulation package for Windows XP that they say is capable of running OpenVMS. It apparently runs on 32 bit XP (which is a neat trick) requiring the .NET package. Apparently, it is the 32-bit prelude to a suite of 64-bit VirtualAlpha software products that Emulators International soon will release. (85 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

4GB SAN switches:   The amount of storage has once more exceeded the number of ports I had on the edge of the SAN, so today I replaced the four 2GB switches that made up the cores of the two fabrics with four 4GB switches. The 2GB switches then became new edge switches, giving us another 28 ports on the edge. (216 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

New blog:   Josh Cope, one of the QA engineers working who used to work on the OpenVMS operating system has a blog. Subscribed. (22 words, 1 comments, 0 pings)