Backblaze says the dog ate its data centre; IBM XIV debate rages

Unified tiering stacks anyone? If only we could invent such a thing, storage bloggers may have a lot less to write about! Also, the best excuse for a data center disaster ever?

What's the lamest excuse you've ever heard? This week, Backblaze surely has a new candidate, thanks to this explanation for an outage in its data centres:

"Backblaze stores your backed up data in a top-tier data center facility. Last night at 7:35 p.m., a security guard entered the facility. The door slammed, causing the protective covering to open on an “Emergency Power Off” switch and setting off alarms. While this had no impact, in a moment of confusion, the guard hoping to turn the alarms off, pressed the Big Red Button, and shut off all power to that zone."

Things were back to normal pretty fast, but this one sure does sound dodgy. I'm not telling my kids about it, as it sounds like the best homework-avoidance excuse ever.

While we're on lamest-evers, what on earth is that thing over there on the right?

Why it's the logo for Fiber Channel over Ethernet, as kindly pointed out by Stephen Foskett this week. Those guys with really recognisable logos, like Nike, are probably banging their heads and wondering why they didn't think of it first ;-)

Whoever thought of unified storage first is probably having a chuckle this week, as bloggers are still finding ways to debate the concept. RecoveryMonkey leads the way, saying NetApp does it best but that doesn't mean everyone else is hopeless at it.  HDS , meanwhile, would rather talk "modular" storage, while 3Par likes Federated Storage  (and has also opened an Australian office, partly to stem the flow of global customers who bought rivals' kit) and Scott Lowe prefers consolidation.

As soon as you talk about this stuff, you also get into the Stack Wars, a topic that Rodos, Grumpy Storage and TechMute all cover.

The week's competitive action centres, yet again, on IBM, whose Tony Pearson has a go at Stack Wars too. Colleague Storage Buddhist popped out a post about IBM's EasyTier that attracted some interest from StorageBod. Conetica, meanwhile, has explained why he thinks Compellent kicks XIV's rear parts.

Pillar is also feisty this week, offering a reason to dispose of Clariion arrays rather .... erm .... foricibly. There's heat for SEPATON, too, from Drunken Data who doesn't like its approach to VTL but does like the new Active Archive Alliance.

Elsewhere, there's lots of worthy insights to be had, like Storage Optimization's musings on when and where and why to dedupe. Modern backup covers similar territory after a week of posts that saw him exceed even Preston de Guise's output, although Preston does have this survevy on what you think of EMC NetWorker support.

Ray On Storage brings us some useful performance graphs in two posts.

Storage Architect announces the inevitable death of the hard disk while EMC's Merrick Chaffer looks at Windows 7's System Restore features. While we're on EMC, StorageZilla gets excited about its recent numbers and Chuck Hollis wonders if backup is pushing up daisies (and if others saying so is naughty FUD). Bas Raayman wonders if vendor lock-in is so bad, given that its ineivtable they'll try.

StorageTexan decides it's time for storage blades and PRJdragon reviews a Synology NAS (speaking of which, SearchStorage ANZ plans to test desktop NAS so let us know what you're willing to send our way).

Lastly, let's all send good vibes to 3Par's Marc Farley, who is having heart surgery this week. He says it is minor, but sheesh! -  It's still heart surgery. Marc posted this video about his procedure.

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