My company, Corporate Technologies, now has an official blog. Over at ctistrategy, my colleagues and I will be posting about important trends and findings in IT strategy. For example, Jesse St. Laurent’s newest post is about our view of the impact that SSD will have on storage products. Hope to see you over there.

Note that I will probably crosspost as appropriate between my personal blog and our corporate blog, but over time this blog will become more “personal” and the ctistrategy blog will be my business blog.

I’ll be teaching 4 half-day tutorials at the LISA conference in San Diego, CA. Hope to see you there (the week of Nov 8).

I'm going to LISA '08

My October 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about Solaris System Analysis – detailed steps to take to determine why a system is “slow” or “busted”. Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login:, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

The wiki that started with my August 2008 column will be expanded (as soon as I get the time) to include this new content. It’s very lonely having a wiki of one, so please consider contributing your thoughts to what I’ve started. It would be a great advance in systems administration if there was a canonocal source of first-step debugging information, and hopefully you will help make this wiki that source: http://wiki.sage.org/bin/view/Main/AllThingsSun

Thought you might like to check out the blog of Avi Silberschatz – very good stuff. If you don’t know, Avi is Chairman of the C.S. Department at Yale U, and coauthor of our Operating Systems Concepts textbooks.

Here is his blog: Avi’s blog

My August 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about Solaris System Analysis – a checklist approach to solving a system being “slow” or “busted”.   Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login: August 2008, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

I hope this column will turn into a living wiki about (Solaris) system analysis. I’ve prepopulated a wiki with the contents of the column, so now it’s up to you to add your thoughts to the procedure. It would be a great advance in systems administration if there was a canonocal source of first-step debugging information, and hopefully you will help make this wiki that source: http://wiki.sage.org/bin/view/Main/AllThingsSun

Sorry for the delay in announce / posting this. My June 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about the state of ZFS – features, functions, stability, useability, performance, production use, and so on.   Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login: June 2008, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

Jim Mauro is our guest speaker, talking about DTrace and all things performance, at the next New England Open Solaris User Group (NEOSUG) meeting on Sept 10th in Burlington, MA.

Read all about it here: OpenSolaris NEOSUG.

Hope to see you there. Please register if coming so we can plan the refreshments…