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Been told that you don’t need to defragment when adding a SAN environment into your network estate?

With massive electronic data growth occurring today, there is now a much greater need for storage. SAN is at the forefront for most storage solutions and providers such as HP, IBM and NetApp, to name a few, are providing the necessary platforms to cater to this. Virtualisation and cloud solutions are promising less hardware in this respect, but data storage if held locally, will inevitably mean acquiring more hardware. This additional hardware is where the problem will lie in terms of cost for many companies today.


Diagram of Disk I/O as it travels from Operating System to SAN LUN
It stands to reason then that making full use of your SAN potential is vital. A common misconception related to SAN storage environments is that they don’t suffer from fragmentation related issues. This is the “party line” being handed out by many of the storage providers. There are plausibly a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, that each SAN provider will have their own propriety logic when it comes to arr…

The Secret to Maintaining SSD Performance

HyperFast SSD Optimizer
Why your Solid State Drive is not as fast as it used to be
By: Mandeep Birdi, Technical Consultant Diskeeper Corporation Europe
SSD hard drives are becoming increasingly more popular. Many portable devices such as laptops, PDA's, Tablet PC's and Netbooks are being used with SSDs. Although prices are still astronomically high - a 1TB SSD setting you back a mere £3000 - sooner or later the prices will fall into a more accessible range and they will become far more widely used.

Of course solid state drives have several distinctive advantages. Faster access times, lower power usage and rather pleasingly, run completely silent. The main disadvantage, although possibly undetectable at first, is over time you'll probably start to notice the write speed slowing down - even slower than those of conventional hard drives.

Solid state drives can access any location on the drive in the same amount of time. This is one of the key features over hard drives. So there is …

The Jive Aces at London's World-Renowned 100 Club

The "Bring Me Sunshine" video and interview with Ian Clarkson to hopefully appear in a forthcoming episode of On the Mike with Mike Sherman.

While The Jive Aces were setting up for their gig at London's famous 100 Club on 25 Apr 2011 (part of the band's never-ending world tour), trumpeter and lead singer of the band, Ian, was interviewed by Adam Hoffman for the prime-time Miami-based TV show "On the Mike with Mike Sherman" about the runaway success their new single "Bring Me Sunshine" which has had over half a million views in a little over a month, about their forthcoming album "King of the Swingers", and about their longterm involvement with the "Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Life" campaign, supported by the Church of Scientology.

A poster by the front door of the club

Down to the auditorium (if you can call it that)

Setting up

The famous 100 Club stage

John Fordham and his 1952 saxophone

Getting ready for the intervi…

Styled and Frocked Fashion Show in aid of the Tree of Hope

Amazon Eve with Doran Scotson

On 28th April 2011, a fashion show with a difference was held at JuJu in the Kings Road, London to raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children.

The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity joined forces with JuJu and Models of Diversity to create a unique experience for all who attended.

Hosted by Sally Farmiloe-Neville, the guest list included:
Amazon Eve - the World's Tallest SupermodelCerrie Burnell - TV PresenterEmmanuel Ray - Britain's first It BoyCatherine BalavagerBen Duncan (Big Brother)
Leee John (Imagination)Mike Hollingsworth (TV Executive)
From Advance Centres: Linda Scotson and Doran Scotson who was one of the modelsThe Fashion Show featured creations by:
Bo CarterHoss IntropiaToni Pickles of Get WaistedNajlaa Jabri was the stylist for the evening and make up was by BellViso Global

Entertainment included:
Comedy duo TeakshowCrooner Don WilsonLipstick Bandits Burlesque
Leee John with Jeremy Marris of the Tree of Hope cha…

Porsche and the Legacy of Genius by Laurence Meredith

When Ferdinand Porsche was born, Europe was peaceful, developing, capitalist and largely feudal. Britain was the world's only true 'superpower', and America would not emerge as an economic giant for at least forty-five years. Motor cars, aircraft, television, computers, ballpoint pens and other modern conveniences didn't exist.
Ninety-five years after Porsche's arrival in the world, cars bearing his name were in action at Le Mans, their 4.5-litre 12-cylinder air-cooled engines propelling them to speeds of 240mph.
Conventional wisdom dictated that air-cooling was unsuited to high-speeds. Under the inspired leadership of three generations of the family, Porsche proved, and continues to prove, that traditional rules are there to be broken.
With more than a score of books to his credit on the great German marques, Laurence Meredith brings a unique authority to this, his eighth Porsche-related work, and the first to examine the prime movers and master engineers behind t…