Data transfer as hot as data storage

New year, new toys, new people, new love stories, a whole new world to discover, explore and learn from. This is my first blog entry for 2014 and I hope the title will fit well the content. Most people don’t care too much about the things geeks do, and why should they after all? A geek member or close friend could be found in almost any family today. An average person don’t value or care too much about its own digital/electronic data (unless it lost some). Digital data ownership itself has become a bit blurry these days. Most of the geeks do care about it which is why they are generally more knowledgeable in how to store it, transfer it and protect it. Data=Information=Power. Do I make any sense till now? I do hope so. But remember that power corrupts. We don’t question much and just take everything for granted. Privacy? Yes, there are concerns and issues but it is normal and natural. We are not supreme beings, we are not perfect. Consequently neither our modern society is or it will ever be. But we posses the ability to adapt. Well that being said I think my introduction is over. Adapt by learning a “hot” new way for data transfer. “Hot” in the modern non-dictionary definition, means “popular”. Everyone heard about cloud storage as offered by many service providers like Amazon, Google, Dropbox, Bitcasa, Microsoft, etc. But what all these service providers have in common? They host your data. Remember the question marks about privacy and ownership? What if you care so much about your data that you do not trust them enough nor you want to waste your time encrypt it first, before let them host it? Well you could simply cut them off the loop. Here is how, http://bit.ly/1e2mkzg

A short note for the closure of this article: the good old protocols will still be around (nntp, ftp, sftp, ftps, irc, rsync, etc.) as well as the network/distributed file systems (afs, nfs, cifs, dfs, hadoop, glusterfs, gpfs, etc.). I hope you found this info as useful as I did.

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IBM SAN/Storage ShortURLs

This is a list of short URLs shared by me on Twitter over the time. I often use them in my daily work so I thought it would be a good idea to have them here in one place. It would help me, my colleagues and anyone else working with enterprise storage, IBM in particular. Most of them are easy to remember and since I only used Bit.ly service, even if some have a different prefix (e.g. j.mp/ibm.co) in reality it’s enough to remember the “keyword” after “/” and always use bit.ly. I kept the original form here, as tweeted, just as a safety measure (in case of bit.ly service issues).

TIP: Many times people do not trust these short URLs (a good security practice btw) as they could be hacked or point to malware or other unwanted content. Well, not anymore! There is a service for that and now anyone can use longurl.org to reverse engineer most of the short URL links.