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Dirt Road vs. the M3

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I have a long dirt road up by my house that cuts straight across town. Before kids, I used to tool around in a E36 BMW M3. I normally didn't pay much attention to speed limits, but that dirt road would always slow me down. I took other routes to avoid it, and even with the traffic lights and congestion, I still felt like I was making better time.

This got me thinking. When we were first selling SAN systems 10 years ago, there were a lot of facilities that were still using local storage (DAS). When convincing them to move to network storage there is always that push-back: "If I need drive maintenance today, one room is down. If I have to take the SAN offline, the facility is down". That is true. We try to plan for these events ahead of time, but some things are out of our control. Suffice it to say that there may eventually be some down time.

Then I thought of that dirt road. Of all the streets around the city, that road is never closed for repaving or line painting, or repair of any kind. One guy with a shovel can maintain it. So, the traffic never stops, but it will never be an efficient way to get across town. If you're using DAS with generic NAS for file transfer, you have a dirt road. Very reliable, but incapable of handling increased traffic. If you're a facility owner, you want increased traffic. So, build the superhighway, and deal with the fact that you may have to pull out a detour sign once in a while. Once you see how much work can get done on a high performance network, you'll never go back to that dirt road.

Posted by: James McKenna on Dec 5, 2012 at 6:23:36 amComments (3) SAN, DAS


Re: Dirt Road vs. the M3
by Eric Hansen
i'm not sure of the year that i drove. it was probably a 94 or 95 (i turned 16 in 95). I remember distinctly when my buddy John sold his E30 M3 and was so excited to get something new that didn't have a huge wing on the back, which basically said, yes officer, i was probably speeding. his E30 was set up for racing, but still street legal, whereas he kept the E36 stock. still amazing what it could do with no modifications. i really don't like the new ones in comparison. too big with too much power to push all that weight. i think the late E36's have the best power/weight ratio and are the most refined of the series, even if they look boxy by today's standards. the one I almost bought was a 98 (great engine) for $4k. now that i think about it, it was a coupe, which is why i passed. if it was a convertible, i would have dropped in, but I bought a Mac Pro instead. doh!


Eric Hansen
Production Workflow Designer / Consultant / Colorist / DIT
Re: Blog: Dirt Road vs. the M3
by Eric Hansen
The E36 M3 was the first car I really learned how to drive. a family friend owned one and taught at Skip Barber racing school. so when i turned 16, he taught me how to drive that car, including spinning around a stationary cone a la Ken Block.

i had to read your post twice because the first time through all i could think about was drifting that car. memories. i almost bought a E36 M3 convertible last year...


Eric Hansen
Production Workflow Designer / Consultant / Colorist / DIT
Re: Blog: Dirt Road vs. the M3
by James McKenna
Most fun, best handling car I ever drove. Mine was a '95 with the last year of ODB1. Did the performance chip and cold air intake with a short throw shifter. Wow.

One of my 40-something goals is to acquire one of the four door models ('97-99), as soon as the kids grow out of their car seats. We're expecting another in the spring, so that may be a while!

Jim McKenna
Facilis Technology
978-562-7022 x101

After 10 years of watching the storage wars take it's toll on manufacturers in the media and entertainment space, it amazes me how many options there still are. I would not want to be in my prior position as chief engineer today. If you stay true to the same brand name across multiple workflows and disciplines these days, there better be a darn good reason for it. Adapt and change, or be leapfrogged by the guy down the street without your lease overhead. Facilis is 3rd party to everyone, so we have no choice but to stay ahead of the market, and keep the technology moving.


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