Recovering A Dell PowerEdge Needn’t Be A Major Hassle

dperJust as we previously mentioned, it is important to use only the compatible systems and tools for your device. Why? This will avoid any kind of system issues when you use systems or tools that are not compatible with your device. There is something bad that will happen to your device if you use devices that are not compatible to your computer, they can permanently damage your system. That is why if your device is a Dell and you need a system that will recover your backed up files, you need a specialist in Dell PowerEdge recovery. Since Dell has made this computer, they made solutions to any possible problems that can possibly occur such as losing your backed up files because of file corruption.

Dell PowerEdge servers are one of the solutions that the company made so people can smoothly retrieve the files that you have lost. One of the problems that people with computers face is losing their files because of viruses or any file corruption. Because of this possible problems that we can face, Dell created the system that will let us retrieve the files that you did not want to lose in the first place. Of course, this proprietary recovery system is used by only a few Dell PowerEdge specialists. The Hard Drive Recovery Group is one. See their Dell specific page here.
Knowing The G-Raid Logical Disk Issues

G-raid logical disk issues take place when you cannot handle the recovery process well. Basically, there is a damaged on your physical hard drive if you hear clicking sounds, grinding or scratching sounds, strange noise and the power button does not spin up. Although some people would solve the g-raid logical disk issues through a software, experts suggest to have it checked with a technician. A software may be a convenient way to recover the files but there are some instances that it can just make the problem worse. Hence, it is best to seek help from a technician who knows the data recovery very well and who have encountered the same problem in the past.

There are a number of expert technicians nowadays who offer their services online and offline. Most of the time, they will assess the logical disk issues that your computer encounter and test to solve it appropriately. The good thing about availing their services is you can be assured that your files are recovered at the soonest time possible. You will not be having a hard time trying any kinds of solutions for g-raid logical disk issues because they will immediately fix it according to its damage.

So Far, Are There Any Solutions For HP ProLiant Disk Problems?

Right now, HP ProLiant disk problems are one of the resolvable problems in the world of technology. A lot of people love HP as their computer’s brands but then when they hear or encounter this problem, it makes them regret buying this brand. Sometimes, the corruption is caused by the user or maybe they forgot some small things that they thought have nothing on the computer or have the least effects. These are some of the things people (who encounter this problem) do: first, they try to open the computer by their self without following any precaution and they take out the hard drive and bring it to a specialist. Even if they did all this just to get it fixed, there is nothing technicians can do—even HP’s technicians can’t do anything about it since this is one of the most unresolvable issues in the world of technology.

Yes, we know that when a company makes an accessory for their product or maybe another product or add-on for their product, they should know everything about the compatibility and the possible situations that can happen. But the HP hard drives are just too useful to be kept until it becomes fully developed that is why they released an early version of it even though HP ProLiant disk problems can occur.

 

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Don’t Let Your Data Deteriorate

dlyddMy recent column on the need to migrate data from obsolete media to more modern types garnered many responses. While there was general agreement on the need to move to more stable media, opinions varied on how to best meet this challenge.

Perhaps the most stable data recording media in history are simple rocks. Reader Foster Crocker of Unisys pointed out the viability of the Rosetta Stone, which is approximately 4,000 years old, contains data in several formats (languages) and does not require any hardware to access data.

While stone tablets are not likely to show up in your data center soon, there are companies that are addressing the fragility of storage media. IT managers should also follow some guidelines to safeguard archives.

Protection of any storage medium can prolong its viability. It is generally accepted that an environment of 59 degrees with a relative humidity of 40 percent is ideal. Exposure to magnetic fields, dust and light can prematurely age media. Guarding against rodents and theft should also be considered.

Off-site storage is an option to explore. Market leader Iron Mountain has extensive facilities for storing data in a controlled, secure environment. In crucial situations, redundant data centers can be built to guard against the loss of your primary facility.

Conscientious system support requires a recognition that all media can fail due to simple wear and tear. When coupled with the inevitable vagaries of age, it must be assumed that your data archives will inevitably fail.

The Saskatchewan Council of Archives makes the following sound recommendation: “A statistical sample of all electronic records in storage should be read annually in order to identify real or impending catastrophic information loss.” Never assume that your archives are viable. Periodic testing is the best way to be certain that your safety net doesn’t develop holes.

Companies with extensive or critical archives should create a data archivist position to manage the copying, migration and conversion of digital data. Colleges that grant degrees in library science often have courses that cover this specialty.

Be certain that your tape backup programs are configured for rotation of your media. Not only do you want to ensure that data is stored on more than one tape for redundancy, you also should create provisions to retire tapes after a certain number of write/erase operations.

The limited life span of any magnetic medium makes disk storage technology a compelling choice. For example, Plasmon manufactures a 30GB 12-inch WORM drive that uses a disk with a glass substrate. The vendor guarantees these disks for a a minimum of 30 years. Ricoh company officials claim that its Platinum CD-R media should last 200 years. Jukebox devices can provide terabytes or petabytes of storage for demanding networks.

Another interesting product is the HD-ROM being developed by Norsam Technologies. Utilizing electron beams and durable media made from silicon or metal, this device permits the creation of image archives that can be read by humans using specialized optics. With a density of 200GB per disk, massive archive systems are possible.

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Does Anyone Care About CD-ROMs Anymore?

cdIn Sherman Alexie’s short story, “Jesus Christ’s Half-Brother is Alive and Well and on the Spokane Indian Reservation,” a precocious five-year-old named James gazes upon a statue that says, “The earth is our mother” and tells his elders, “I know more.” All eyes turn to him and he explains: “The earth is our grandmother and technology has become our mother. And they hate each other.”

That’s the kind of thing I’d tend to call a provocative metaphor, advisedly used. But equally cosmic metaphors, applied carelessly in everyday tech talk, are also the bane of my existence as a technology magazine editor, though it offends me less as a steward of the technology than as a guardian of the language. Generally, when we speak of recordable CDs and DVDs, RAID arrays, video codecs, and network protocols, we’re not talking about religion or sex. I think we can all agree on that. But then how come every PR guy is an evangelist, every USB peripheral that can plug into the back of a Mac and PC is platform-agnostic, every forklift-heavy MO library with a shiny chassis is sexy, and everyone who applies a specific expertise in the service of various companies, some of whom may be in competition, renders the entire industry incestuous? It’s just bits, bytes, and business, after all.

Now, anyone who reads this magazine with any regularity knows I’d be a hypocrite if I suggested I was hyperbole-agnostic; I’d never for a second doubt that the language of excess can lure readers to your palace of wisdom. But I can also live without it if necessary, which makes me hyperbole-independent.

But I digress. What got me thinking about all these linguistic improprieties was the first resource I tapped when I started the review I was working on this month, Roxio’s Toast 5 Titanium. I fired off an email to none other than Apple’s Mike Evangelist, with a question about recording DVD-Rs with Toast on Apple’s new tightly integrated DVD-recording G4s. Calling Mike for Toast info felt like old times. After all, he was the original Toast, uh, evangelist, back when it was a marvel of German engineering called Toast CD-ROM PRO, when I worked for a magazine called CD-ROM PRO, and Mike worked for Astarte. Then Adaptec bought Toast, Adaptec begat Roxio, Apple bought Astarte (Software division), and both CD-ROM PROs just kind of went away.

But you can save that “incestuous” stuff for the tourists. There are greater forces at work here, and their divine origins are at best indirect. The fact is, whether sold by Astarte, Adaptec, or Roxio, Toast always has been and remains today the premier product for recording CDs (and now DVDs) on Apple Macintosh computers. And what’s clear today–from the software’s heightened emphasis on DVD and VideoCD, to its proudly proclaimed synergy with iMovie and the like, to the User’s Guide’s appropriation of odd Apple-isms like “blessed System Folder icon”–is that where Toast is concerned, Roxio is anything but platform-agnostic. Roxio is a true believer in the Mac and its mission–at least as far as business interests are concerned. And while the cash cow of CD recording to date has been audio, at least as far as mass-market acceptance is concerned, consumer audio recording capability is a dime a dozen in CD-R software circles. Roxio has realized it needs to develop other parts of the product to stay a few steps ahead technologically, and in choosing those steps it has landed squarely in Apple’s own footprints, following its platform provider’s quest to be the alpha and omega of home video creation on personal computers. You’d almost think they were family.

Who knows, maybe Apple’s on the kind of roll here where everybody wants to claim a little common lineage. Or maybe Roxio has simply joined Apple in realizing that if CD-R isn’t going to save the world–and the glorious confluence of CD-R and Napster is a textbook illustration of the difference between changing a part of the world and saving it–the least it can do is cater to it cleverly. And keeping in mind that we’re talking about the Mac world here, which will remain small however happily it flourishes, this new video bent in CD-R points to a fascinating development. Would it not be stranger than paradise if CD-R became the unofficial recording arm of DVD? Just watch the planets align: new video-giddy CD-R software versions abound; Pioneer’s latest DVD-Recorder, the A03, is newly fortified with vitamin CD-R; and the latest iteration of Ulead’s popular Studio Pro video production software boasts a DVD plug-in for home DVD creation that at this writing outputs to only one optical medium–CD-R.

This all may feel like vindication to the old-guard CD-ROM PROs out there, who knew CD-R had the goods from the get-go. Which is not to say they’re the target audience or likely consumers for all this home video hubris; their common penchant for collective memory notwithstanding, the possessive and the dispossessed thrive on entirely different brands of pap.

Preposterous as it may have seemed a few years back, when video on CD was an annoying little secret, perhaps the hey-day of video on CD-R is drawing nigh. Roxio and Apple clearly think so, although Apple probably doesn’t care too terribly much how the omnipresent CD-R drives in this year’s iMacDV models are deployed as long as the boxes keep up their sell-through stats. And CD-R’s success as a DVD stand-in will unquestionably happen quietly. It probably won’t even be getting much press come September if HP actually makes its latest DVD+RW release date, all those crazy compatibility claims come true, and recordable DVD divine right finally comes down to an unholy war over who can make and sell media cheaper.

Of course, it was amid the battle for bottomless media pricing that CD-R first amassed its far-flung flock. And if video makes more converts, odds are it won’t relinquish its interim ministry anytime soon.

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Video Pushed Storage Technologies Forward

ovsThe future of storage is inexorably linked in the context of its communication and computation colleagues. The three technologies form a constantly changing triangulated mesh, which presents new opportunities and challenges with every major advance in any one of the three. Digital video information is the property of an event in context. The context of storage involves communication and computation.

The advent of Storage Area Network (SAN) technology and projections for direct attached versus networked storage implies that the digital video storage model will incur a paradigm shift. The new technology from the startups and smaller revenue vendors includes an assault on such digital-video, mass storage leaders as Sony, Ampex and others.

I am not referring to tape replacement–tape still has a big role in digital broadcast, but the bigger opportunities that are evolving outside of Digital TV (a major bust), Digital broadcast studios (another underachieving market) and WEB television (number shipped is still miniscule).

SAN’s birthright can be attributed to the insatiable demand for storage in the past two years. One of the more promising technologies on the horizon is storage virtualization.

XIOTech, which pioneered the concept of storage virtualization before such larger storage companies as EMC, StorageTek and other market leaders could, has delivered a storage technology that allows the end user to focus on their storage requirements instead of the size, type and characteristics of the physical disk drives.

The technology goes one step beyond Video Server storage, RAID storage devices and current SAN offerings by being able to distribute virtual disks out to servers when and where capacity is needed. The concept involves keeping the disk spindles actuated 100% of the time and allowing different RAID levels to be changed on the fly. SANs are typically limited because they are based on collective rather than virtual technology.

The implications are not only for digital video, but also for most of the image processing markets. With this centralized storage resource, video, images and synthetic graphics can be allocated over an entire compute farm without the limitations of multiple physical RAID devices within one chassis. What’s more, the SAN concepts being promoted is that the end user can add storage without adding expensive servers. The concept has proven successful in satellite image processing, publishing and 3D volumetric imaging.

MARKET GROWTH

The digital video storage market – and the amount of storage that video implies – is expected to grow by an order of magnitude within two to three years. As the growth of demand for video servers is expected to get stimulated this year by several vendors with announcements at NAB, mass storage will become more than just an afterthought. Cable companies will expand their video on demand applications for customized programming; advertisers will want more flexibility to change content on the fly and broadcast TV can change programming with the switch of a video server.

The opportunities are not just for storage only vendors. For example, a company like Sun Microsystems has demonstrated its ability to make major server transitions in the past, yet the transition into a major, credible enterprise storage player will be more difficult. However, SUN is acknowledging the opportunity by making a major marketing pitch to the mass storage market. Carving out significant market share in the highly competitive, high-end digital video storage market is a difficult challenge. During the next two to three years, storage competitors such as EMC, Hitachi/Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and IBM are more likely to adopt a market model that distributes the functionality of mass storage for such large video applications as Video on Demand, 3D volume rendering and videoconferencing.

From consumers to corporations, the demand for digital video is exploding. High end graphics, video & film, digital imaging, digital audio applications, presentation technology and multimedia — just to name a few, have resulted in a dramatic and sustained increase in storage requirements. Each application has its own unique set of storage requirements, driving the demand for a variety of storage solutions. Yet with this year, an uncertain U.S. economy and the dot.com collapse has changed the landscape for everyone, including mass storage providers. At the same time, investment in the Internet infrastructure that helped to enable storage-on-demand, including remote data centers and high-bandwidth networks has continues to grow.

TOUGH CHOICES

With the lackluster market growth in HD systems, WEBtv and Digital TV sets, where are the mass storage vendors going to spend their R&D dollars. The first question is whether to deliver digital video over MPEG or IP (Internet Protocol). The MPEG standards define a compression/decompression technique plus a method for data transport over cable systems. MPEG encoded digital video, which is ostensibly a form of data, can be delivered over either MPEG transport or by encapsulating digital video in IP format. Both techniques work, but the fly in the ointment is the transport mechanism. A new delivery platform is evolving for delivering digital video content.

The most perplexing issue is the migration of set top box control to the cable network. The MPEG transport is the most efficient, but encapsulating digital video in IP format via QuickTime from a centralized data center (SANs) connected to cable headends via private intranets is gaining momentum. Conversely, MPEG transport is most commonly used for content delivered off satellite or from a local server.

Perhaps the biggest opportunity for mass storage vendors is to look at the legacy issue. Set top boxes (STB) are forecasted to be in at least 10 million homes in 2002. The cable architecture must accommodate their existing channel allocations before moving forward to new services. However, STB manufacturers seem to be less interested in preserving legacy technology.

The delivery of a high-quality video stream to a single customer is expected to become an emerging market for cable TV operators. While the trials that took place ten years ago revealed a positive customer response, the technology was too expensive then. These services included instant start, pause, rewind, fast forward and skip ahead features. In addition, the new STBs will be VOD (Video on Demand) compatible. The cost reductions over the ten-year span are an order of magnitude better, bringing the market closer to reality.

A video stream may cost $500 to the provider, but these costs should spiral downward to $50 over the next few years. A potential spin-off segment opportunity for mass storage vendors is the ability to give the customer the ability to manipulate and delay video programming with STBs. This obviates the need for a local hard drive since the personal video services are centralized at the server.

There are other scenarios to discuss, but I am running out of column space. Contact me at eleciamg@worldnet.att.net for further dialogues and I will lead you to my website for more.

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Let’s Talk Old, Useless Technology

utpRon Mabee’s PC, acquired through an employee purchase plan where he works as a marketing manager of office and diskette products at Imation Canada, cost about $3,500 back in 1990. State-of-the-art as the world knew it then, it had two parallel ports and 5.25-inch drives – and 640K memory. “That was eight years ago,” Mabee says. “I’ve still got that unit at home; I’m giving it to my daughter. She wants to use it to play around with some applications she’s got at the house. I’ve said to her that trying to get the diskettes now is a real problem.”

To some people, getting diskettes is not the only problem. Product obsolescence is among the most frustrating aspects of the technology industry. Even more trying, as OEMs race to improve the speed, efficiency and feature set of their offerings, is the demise of entire media, or a dismissal of technology that “visionaries” claim has passed its prime.

Earlier this year, Oakdale, Minn.-based Caravan Opinion Research Corp. conducted an opinion survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S. and found that 52 per cent of the respondents said they had purchased a technology that can no longer be used today. That’s not just because the product isn’t being made any more; the components have been scrapped as well. Close to half of the respondents indicated they were upset about it; 83 per cent said they believed the situation is getting worse instead of better.

Is anyone responding? Is anyone even noticing? How can they, when the emphasis of most marketing campaigns is on adding further digits to the megahertz measurement in processor speeds and when computer companies emphasize what their customers need and do not own, rather than encouraging them to make the most of what they have?

Meanwhile, Davis, Calif.-based Z-World, a manufacturer of single-board computers, is prospering. Since 1991 its revenues have risen to US$11 million from US$1 million – and that’s with 386 Intel microprocessors.

Dan Gazzaniga, Z-World’s marketing manager, says while the single-board computers manufactured by Z-World are primarily used in low-level embedded applications like gambling machines, there are plenty of others, like factory robots, that could serve as add-ons for small or medium-sized business customers with specific needs. “There is a plethora of applications that don’t require your high-speed mainframe computer to oversee them,” he says. “A lot of people are fixated on high technology, the latest and greatest processor, but we just keep plugging away.”

Imation’s Mabee notes that while some would view Z-World as operating in the graveyard of PC innovation, many of its applications are likely to be areas where computer technology is arriving for the first time. Mabee, in fact, knows a lot about technology’s shelf life. Imation is one of the few companies left which still makes a viable business selling those post-card size 3.5-inch floppy disks. Though about six or eight SKUs finally bit the dust earlier this year, Mabee says there are still some left for the company’s many interested customers.

“I was shocked when I looked at the numbers,” he says. “We charge an arm and a leg for it . . . We had, I think, two or three price increases (of) about 30 per cent at a time, hoping that would move people into newer technologies.”

And in August, Anprior, Ont.-based Kao Infosystems said it would be shutting down its 3.5-inch diskette business to concentrate on CD-ROM and DVD storage products. At the time, general manager Chris Cunningham said Kao had seen a decline in the market of about 20 per cent a year, but had hesitated to stop production until this summer. “The floppy was definitely the one that had a long run. It’s still going on. There are people who are still buying PCs and they’re still putting a 3.5-inch drive in it just because of interchangeability.”

Chips and storage media aren’t the only victims banished to the high- tech wasteland; it happens to entire forms of communication as well, as Brad Feder, president of Tucson, Ariz.-based RightFax Inc., knows.

“Fax isn’t the sexiest technology in the world,” he says. “There is no doubt that in some cases, e-mail is the better way to go. But there are still cases where it’s the more appropriate, most immediate answer to sending documents.”

For example, he says, some markets need to maintain the integrity of the document’s appearance. Legal customers, for example, often need to have text fit on a designated number of lines so that line references can be included. E-mail, in contrast to fax, tends to bump things around. Other customers are concerned about documents being tampered with, which is easy to do with a quick cut-and-paste of an e-mail into a word processing program. Finally, faxing long documents to many people can still cause fewer headaches than doing the same thing by e- mail, which has a tendency to bring the entire server crashing down from a message that has been carbon-copied to one user too many.

Unlike Compaq, IBM and NEC, there’s little danger that Feder and RightFax will turn to direct sales anytime soon.

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A/VSAN Technology – How Does It Look Now?

vaAn A/VSAN benefits users by allowing simultaneous, cross platform access to shared, centrally stored data. This topology seamlessly integrates with Digidesign Pro Tools MixPlus and delivers a full 64 tracks of 24-bit audio on one disk drive. For Pro Tools users, this is beneficial because a SAN no longer has to span four drives to achieve that track count.

Performance is further maximized due to the introduction of Fibre Channel technology with inherent embedded intelligence. As such, Fibre Channel SANs become more efficient than competing networking technologies because lower level maintenance and housekeeping tasks are separated from the overall processing system, which is tasked with actually trafficking the data. Connectivity to individual digital audio workstations is achieved with Fibre Channel host bus adapters from JNI and ATTO Technology. System volume management software is provided by ATTO Technology’s AccelWare and also integrates seamlessly with Pro Tools. The software works by providing a list of files that may be password protected in order to give exclusive access to a particular client, engineer or producer. No one, unless authorized, may access a specific file being used. This feature provides a high level of system security. Furthermore, the ability of the A/VSAN to store and manage all of the audio files from a given recording or mixing sess ion on one designated drive becomes an added benefit. Vixel 7100 series switches are integrated, along with Seagate Cheetah storage drives that may be expanded as storage needs grow.

Recently, Vidfilm International Digital enlisted SNS to develop a SAN that would span eight rooms at the company’s sprawling headquarters in Glendale, CA. Vidfilm provides post services to film studios, television distributors, production companies and newly emerging content suppliers. The A/VSAN to be deployed would network two of Vidfilm’s Foley/ADR stages, three pre-lay and sound design rooms, two mix rooms and a central machine room. The two companies began discussions at the 2000 AES convention and the actual installation took place over four days in early January, 2001.

A key point of the A/VSAN topology at Vidfilm is that every workstation on the network sees the central disk network as if it were a local drive, allowing each workstation to mount its drive(s) on the desktop. Critical to the success of the Vidfilm A/VSAN installation was the technology’s ability to interface with accepted software and hardware platforms already in use at the facility. However, with the continuing dominance of DAWs, the A/VSAN is extremely well suited to take the place of traditional servers and individual or removable disk drives.

Fibre Channel provides the A/VSAN infrastructure at Vidfilm. Fibre Channel blends gigabit networking technology with I/O channel technology in a simple, integrated technology family. Fibre Channel technology is distinctive because it is deterministic, it serves as the disk-drive-to-workstation link. The data requirement for Pro Tools is actually very low compared to the massive bandwidth that Fibre

Channel possesses (often at greater than 1Gb/sec.) and thus becomes an ideal medium to permit fast access to stored data by multiple users simultaneously. Fibre Channel also has the ability to span greater distances than networking technologies like Ethernet — a great advantage if an A/VSAN has to network multiple rooms or buildings.

For Vidfilm, SNS deployed twenty-four 36GB Seagate drives, delivering nearly a terabyte of total storage capacity. The system was configured with a storage RAID device in order to provide a near line storage cache for frequently accessed data. For long-term archiving, Vidfilm uses Exabyte tape storage, which is also on the A/VSAN network. As a result, back-ups may be performed at any time without disrupting data flow or restricting throughput.

Ultimately, an A/VSAN offers users secure means of flexible and higher performance online, near-line and offline storage. This is critical in post environments where multiple projects are worked on concurrently. Security and data integrity are heightened with the addition of RAID arrays to create redundancy protection in the event of a disk failure.

In addition to security, scalability is another advantage of A/VSAN architecture. Studios have specialized needs, services and features. Each A/VSAN is custom designed to meet the requirements of individual facilities.

The continued increase in disk capacity combined with ever decreasing costs of drives, workstations and software will continue to make A/VSANs a viable storage solution for the professional audio and post communities.

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