Moving and More
Last year at this time I was having a great time working with customers, business partners, and IBM field personnel at the Tucson Arizona Briefing Center. This year I'm working with customers, business partners, and IBM field personnel...but now in Maryland. So far this year I've met one on one with various U.S. Federal customers, as well as two business partners (CAS Severn and Meadowgate Technologies), and a whole host of great IBM field personnel. In fact, I liked the field personnel so much that I decided to join them, as I am now on the U.S. Federal team myself.
The customer set I work with has some of the latest and greatest of IBM storage technologies, including DS8870, SONAS, 8 node SVC CG8 clusters, and more. I'm sure getting an education in the breadth of what we have to offer, and some of the finer points of installing and maintaining them.
One little tidbit of information that I thought I should pass along is some information on Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) for Linux. If you go to the infocenter for TPC (http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v59r1/index.jsp) then do a search for "Linux prerequisites" you will find the the first statement for Red Hat Linux Base Server and Advanced Platform 6 (x86-64) is "no". However, reading further you find out that you can use TPC on RHEL 6 but only in a "multi-server" environment. The documentation is not explicit at this point, so let me point out what I found through much experimentation and consultation with support personnel. TPC must be installed on two servers using RHEL 6. I know it seems a bit odd, especially since it installed on one server back in RHEL 5 times, but with TPC V18.104.22.168 (enough revisions there?) it needs two servers. Is this true on V5.2? Stay tuned for the answer!