Don Mathisen

Residency services: Empowering your IT storage staff

IBM Systems Lab Services, Software-defined storage, Storage

Have you ever been in this situation? You come into a new position in a new company, with new staff, and you find out that no one has enough knowledge to completely manage the primary storage system. What do you do? Hire someone? Train everyone? Hope it runs fine on its own? Well, you could ...read more


Spectrum Scale, SDI and motorcycles: Scale up, scale out!

IBM Systems Lab Services, Services, Software...

You might wonder if I’ve completely gone off the rails when I mention my passion for motorcycle riding in the same breath as Spectrum Scale and software-defined infrastructure (SDI). Trust me, I’ll make a case for why I put them together. In the early days, a motorcycle was nothing more than a bicycle with a ...read more


Elastic Storage Server: Networking is what it’s all about!

IBM Systems Lab Services, Integrated infrastructure, Power servers...

I was recently in a training session about IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS)—a high-performance IBM Spectrum Scale storage solution—in which a colleague remarked, “It’s all about the network.” Why, you might ask, would networking be so essential? In my previous post about ESS, I focused on the three keys to a successful implementation: pre-planning, network ...read more


IBM Elastic Storage Server: Three keys to successful implementation

IBM Systems Lab Services, Software-defined computing, Software-defined storage...

How often have you had an implementation go south on you and later found out that it was something you would have discovered in a planning session? Maybe it was a network switch setting? Or did you find out that you did not have sufficient knowledge or training to complete the implementation? We’ve all had ...read more