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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

IMMEDIATE HIRING in NEW YORK for Storage professional contract position for 6 months.

Here is a job opening for which one of my hiring friends has forwarded. This is for Albany, New York. Please send your resume to roger.smithson@gmail.com immediately if you are interested.

Experienced engineer who has in depth knowledge in SAN 9980, Net App, IBM 3200, 3400 and Adaptec devices.
This contract position would be on the customers site for approx 6 months.

AN storage located on the same 9980 frame noted above, backed up using
Beta Systems Rapid Exchange product to MF Tape.
Separate 9960 frame configured as SAN storage for the Part D program.
Net Backup system with single cabinet Tape silo using LTO 2 drives,
using external Decru encryption device.
Various smaller SAN/NAS components eg. Net App, IBM 3200, 3400 and
Adaptec devices.

Responsibilities :
Manages the SAN, backup and restore environments and requirements
at the receiving data center for the migration groups.

Recommended Previous Experience :
3 years previous experience with data migration,scripting and documenting
standard procedures.
Working knowledge and understanding of clients internal processes and
tools such as NSR, GCARS, OAR, NetEiss and the procurement process
Has at least 2 years participation experience with SRT/RCA activities.
Has working technical knowledge (3 years minimum) of the migrating
storage technologies in scope of the Transformation, including storage
management software (Backup, SAN & NAS)
At least 3 years previous experience with the following; replication
projects, resolution of connectivity and performance issues.
Demonstrated ability to provide technical guidance to other technical
resources in area of expertise.

Send your resume to roger.smithson@gmail.com immediately as this is immediate hiring requirement.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Build your own Network Attached Storage NAS for FREE see this Video Tutorial

Its true that building a storage infrastructure is an expensive exercise. But you can also build an inexpensive storage solution if you dont want a mission critical solution.Here are videos explaining how you can build your own Network Attached Storage NAS.You can build a NAS storage target using any of supported old PC but if you can put a good enough machine(P4 processor,around 512megabytes of RAM) add 2-3 Gigabit NIC cards(1000Mbps Network cards) then you can build a heavy duty NAS box. The beauty of this whole story is the software which is the heart of this whole storage solution is free its called "FreeNAS". Its a FreeBSD based OS which you can download for free from freenas.org. You can get the embedded version or live version - you can download the iso .
Burn this iso file on a CD.
Boot your machine with this FreeNAS live bootable CD.
Do necessary configurations like : Add drives,Format drives,Mount drives,Enable services like : NFS,FTP,CIFS
NFS(Network File System) > To access NAS volumes from Solaris,Linux or Unix flavours
CIFS (Common Internet File System)(Same as windows file sharing protocol) > To access across Windows OS machines
FTP(File Transfer Protocol) to access from any machine(Win/*nix) as long as you have a FTP client installed
other services like ssh etc/

Next configuration is if you are choosing NFS allow permissions to the IP or IP address range so that they can access these NAS volumes.
Thats it the whole NAS configuration can be completed in less than an hour including boottime.

Watch these videos & write your feedback to roger.smithson @ gmail.com about your experiment. More advanced Storage videos are being created by some of my blog readers.


I'm in the process of creating a separate website where you can access lots of Storage advanced tutorial Videos. Its all going to be video based tutorial to help you learn fast. Access to this Membership website will be a paid service. Do write & tell us if you are interested to pay to get access to this site.I want to limit the number of members to the paid site to just 50 members. So email today roger.smithson@gmail.com if you are interested in this paid service.


Yes information is available on loads of other sites for FREE why am I charging for my website access. I've kept this blog growing for more than a year but the support recieved in return for this effort was not that great. So I thought if I wanna build something much more advanced & efficient keeping it free will not help since people dont take it seriously. I'm sure there are hundreds or thousands who got benefited from this blog but hardly few have done anything to help this grow. For those of you who supported me till now I'll give free access to the membership website.For others it will be a paid website. Because to succeed you need filtered information. Information which helps you take less time to succeed in your career.

Do email if you are willing to pay for special member site access where advanced Storage tutorials are being made accessible.

FreeNAS configuration steps explained in detail


Need patience video : FreeNAS booting & commandline configuration in DOS kinda scree


Find out how many servers being made to run on FreeNAS


Making a 4 Terabyte Server with Freenas.


EMC ClARiiON SAN array introduction video tutorial more indepth videos to come soon



More in depth videos about SAN arrays from both EMC & Network Appliance will be posted soon.

Keep reading this blog & email roger.smithson @ gmail.com for feedback

These videos are produced by a reader & I encourage others to contribute as well.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Should I outsource to China,India or United Kingdom

I'd love this blog to grow with quality tech content & thats what has been missing from a long long time. So I was thinking why not ask my readers to write & I'll post their emails with tech content.

Another thing I was reminescing about was - Why dont I outsource this blogging. Someone from UK,USA,China or India may be interested to write articles on my behalf & I reward you in someway. So anyone interested to blog about Storage industry,Storage technology,Career opportunities in Data Storage IT segment.

If you have patience & interest to do blogging on this Weblog plz email roger.smithson @ gmail.com. The whole process is simple you email me the articles & I publish it. I can help in your career as a reward or I can do something in return.

Im sure there are lotsa people willing to share info without any interest for rewards. Lemme see how'll be the response for this article. Anyway outsourcing is definitely a cool option as long as the quality of the blog posts are maintained. Again thats another story :)

Reason I started thinking about outsourcing was couple of guys have started creating videos from the content published on this blog & then I thought why dont I ask them to write more original & useful articles which can be published on this blog.

This is a thought & dont take it seriously. You will see more tech updates from me soon.

Software Testing Tutorial videos from blog readers

For one or other reason I was not able to post any new articles on this blog for quite sometime.

Some of my blog readers have started making videos about storage technology which I'll be posting here soon. I'd encourage everyone to do some video from their experience with their point of view - share with all others.

These are very basic videos about Software Testing sent by a blog reader. Will upload more videos once they are properly edited.

Why is this topic of software testing coming here & why does this other blog looks very similar to me 'cause this guy has copied my template with permission. Testing is the stream which has loads of job opportunities these days hence Software testing tutorial videos had to be featured in here.

I'd love to create some videos for you in future but till then you gotta watch others videos on this blog :) . Still you'l getta learn a lot.

Feel free to share more tech video links from your side email roger.smithson @ gmail.com

Monday, June 09, 2008

Storage Jobs Blog has a video uploaded in Youtube - More videos to come soon



It was interesting to see a video on youtube about this Storage Technology Jobs Blog. One of the blog reader has taken time to do it & uploaded that on youtube.com

Now I thought of asking my readers to upload more interesting Videos about the blog & I will reward you with FREE Storage technology training materials.

Email roger.smithson @ gmail.com when you upload any video about Storage Jobs Blog.

More Tutorial Videos with audio will be uploaded & updated on this blog. Please send your feedback & requests to my email id

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