DCJ Expert Blogs

Gathering Transaction Per Minute Metrics from SQL Server and HammerDB

Gathering Transaction Per Minute Metrics from SQL Server and HammerDB
March 30, 2015 No Comments »

When using benchmark or workload generation tools such as HammerDB I needed a way to capture and log performance activity metrics such as transactions per minute. For example using HammerDB to simulate an application making database requests performing various transactions ... Read More »

Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015?

Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015?
March 27, 2015 No Comments »

This is part of an ongoing data protection diaries series of post about, well, data protection and what I’m doing pertaining to World Backup Day 2015. In case you forgot or did not know, World Backup Day is March 31 ... Read More »

Cloud Conversations: Revisiting re:Invent 2014 and other AWS updates

Cloud Conversations: Revisiting re:Invent 2014 and other AWS updates
January 29, 2015 No Comments »

A few weeks ago I attended Amazon Web Service (AWS) re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas for a few days. For those of you who have not yet attended this event, I recommend adding it to your agenda. If you have ... Read More »

Unplanned Downtime: What Does it Cost Your Business?

Unplanned Downtime: What Does it Cost Your Business?
January 23, 2015 No Comments »

Unplanned downtime, whether it affects an individual user or an entire company, can result in a lot of lost productivity and money. The amount of financial resources lost due to downtime continues to grow exponentially each year. It has been ... Read More »

Revisiting RAID storage remains relevant and resources

Revisiting RAID storage remains relevant and resources
January 19, 2015 No Comments »

If RAID were really not relevant anymore (e.g. actually dead), why do some people spend so much time trying to convince others that it is dead or to use a different RAID level or enhanced RAID or beyond raid with ... Read More »

DIY converged server software defined storage on a budget using Lenovo TS140

DIY converged server software defined storage on a budget using  Lenovo TS140
January 15, 2015 No Comments »

Recently I put together a two-part series of some server storage I/O items to get a geek for a gift (read part I here and part II here) that also contain items that can be used for accessorizing servers such ... Read More »

Data Storage Tape Update V2014, Its Still Alive

Data Storage Tape Update V2014, Its Still Alive
January 14, 2015 No Comments »

  A year or so ago I did a piece tape is still alive, or at least in conversations and discussions. Despite being declared dead for decades, and will probably stay being declared dead for years to come, magnetic tape ... Read More »

Automated DCIM monitoring for End-to-End Assurance

Automated DCIM monitoring for End-to-End Assurance
January 13, 2015 No Comments »

The more servers you need to run, the harder it becomes to monitor every operational aspect of your servers and switches, as well as cooling and power equipment and any other linked IT hardware. Radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging can, however, ... Read More »

Part II 2014 Server Storage I/O Geek Gift ideas

Part II 2014 Server Storage I/O Geek Gift ideas
January 12, 2015 No Comments »

This is part two of a two part series for what to get a geek for a gift, read part one here. KVM switch Not to be confused with a software defined network (SDN) switch for the KVM virtualization hypervisor, ... Read More »

Server Storage I/O Cables Connectors Chargers & other Geek Gifts

Server Storage I/O Cables Connectors Chargers & other Geek Gifts
January 9, 2015 No Comments »

This is part one of a two part series for what to get a geek for a gift, read part two here. It is that time of the year when annual predictions are made for the upcoming year, including those ... Read More »