Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 25, Number 3 - March 2009

Next Meeting
Storage Area Networking and its Future in the Data Center
John Speer, Brocade
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM

Contents:

The CACTUS Newsletter is a monthly publication, distributed to our members and other interested people. Visit the CACTUS Newsletter on the web at http://www.cactus.org/CACTUS/Newsletter/. There you will find archives of back issues, as well as instructions on how to subscribe to the e-mail distribution. We welcome newsletter submissions by our members. Please contact newsletter [at] cactus <dot> org for more information.


March Meeting

ATTENTION: THE MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED!!!

The next CACTUS meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM for pizza and informal discussion) at the Hyde Park Church of Christ. The address is 310 West 43rd Street (see http://tinyurl.com/ak7q23).

John Speer, from Brocade, will be giving a special presentation titled "Storage Area Networking and its Future in the Data Center". The presentation will begin at 7:30 and will cover the following topics:

  1. Terminology
  2. Basics of Storage Area Networks
  3. SAN design challenges
  4. Future of Connectivity in the Data Center (maybe iSCSI vs FCoE)
  5. Q and A

There is no charge to attend; however, we ask that you register for refreshment-planning purposes. Meetings are open to anyone interested in discussing data storage in a vendor-neutral, education-focused environment. Please RSVP to jchristy [at] cactus <dot> org (text only)


System News

by Randy Zagar

This is a second reminder. There's going to be some fairly disruptive maintenance on Linux.cactus.org and Bubba.cactus.org over the next several weeks. Since Outserv.cactus.org is the only system NOT going through major changes, please make sure that your CACTUS logins work on that system. Outserv.cactus.org will become the main email server for CACTUS, and if you can't log in you won't be getting your mail. If you have any problems with Outserv.cactus.org, or there are programs you expect to be there that aren't, please contact me at my gmail address below.

This is what's going to happen:

Everything will remain pretty much as-is until March 19th, to give everyone a chance to prepare, but there are no guarantees beyond that point.

And, as always, please contact one of the officers if there's something you want to see done on our site. Or better yet, volunteer to help make it happen.


Membership Report

by Mark Scarborough

To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($30/yr for regular membership and $100/yr for corporate sponsorship):

CACTUS
PO BOX 9786
Austin, TX 78766-9786

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.


CACTUS Officers

President:
John Christy (etbravo [at] gmail <dot> com)
Treasurer:
Ray Solanik (solanik [at] bga <dot> com)
Programs Chair:
Brad Knowles (knowles [at] cactus <dot> org)
Membership:
Mark Scarborough (mscar-cactus [at] cactus <dot> org)
Publicity & Webmaster:
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Newsletter:
Randy Zagar (jrzagar [at] gmail <dot> com)
Scribe:
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Members at Large:
Larry Rosenman (ler [at] cactus <dot> org)

CACTUS Sponsors

Significant Contributing Sponsors

CoreNAP, L.P.
(Kenneth Smith, (512) 685-0010, kenneth [at] corenap <dot> com)
Provides server colocation and high-speed Internet access to businesses in the Austin and central Texas area
Newisys, Inc.
(Tim Wood, (512) 340-9050, tim <dot> wood [at] newisys <dot> com)
Development of enterprise-class servers
Onramp
(Chad Kissinger, president, 322-9200, info [at] onr <dot> com)
Broadband Internet access, web design and colocation
Outserv.net, Inc.
(David Maynard, dpm [at] outserv <dot> net)
e-Business Operations Service Provider

Sponsors

Dresser - Wayne
(Steve Cox, (512) 338-8444, steve <dot> cox [at] dresser <dot> com)
Provides instrumentation and services to the oil and energy
Flowing Circles Engineering
(Johnny Long, (512) 293-7894, longjy [at] fcei <dot> com)
Taking advantage of grid computing to solve matrix engineering and energy conversion problems.
IBM Corporation
(George Kraft IV, (512)838-2688, gk4 [at] austin <dot> ibm <dot> com)
Journyx, Inc.
(John Madollozzo, (512)833-3274, john [at] journyx <dot> com)
Web-based products to track time, expenses, and attendance, for project management and billing.
Ray Solanik, Technical Consultant
(Ray Solanik, solanik [at] cactus <dot> org)
Starflight Corp.
(Jon Roland, jon <dot> roland [at] the-spa <dot> com)
Computer consulting, management solutions, documentation, and technical writing.
TEKsystems, Inc.
(Russell Labay, (512) 249-4912, (888) 598-5877, rlabay [at] teksystems <dot> com)
A leading provider of strategic staffing and managed services for the Information Technology and Communications (IT&C) community.
Veraci Inc.
(Michael Shrivathsan, michael [at] veraci <dot> com)
VoIPing, LLC
(Lenny Tropiano, 512-698-VOIP (8647) or Brian Sinclair 512-698-8031, info [at] voiping <dot> com)
IT Consulting and Services, converged networks, Unix, and Voice over IP

Friends of CACTUS

Applied Formal Methods, Inc.
(Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
Austin Code Works
(Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
BestRegistrar.com
((800) 977-3475, registrar [at] bestregistrar <dot> com)
A top-level domain name registrar, CORE member
Covad/Laserlink
(Chip Rosenthal)
CTG
(Maurine Mecer, 502-0190 (FAX 502-0287))
Professional recruiting
EDP Contract Services
(Mark Grabenhorst, 346-1040)
Professional recruiting
Hewlett Packard
(Bill Sumrall, 338-7221)
Hounix
(Marilyn Harper)
Houston's Unix Users Group
Network Appliance Corporation
(Frank Mozina, fmozina [at] netapp <dot> com)
O'Keefe Search
(John O'Keefe, john [at] okeefesearch <dot> com, 512-658-9224 or 888-446-2137)
Professional recuiting
Rocksteady Networks, Inc.
(Eric White, 512-427-1319, ewhite [at] rocksteady <dot> com)
Sailaway System Design
(Chris J Johnson, 447-5243)
Schlumberger
(Kathy O'Brien, obrien [at] asc <dot> slb <dot> com)
Technical services and products in over 100 countries
Silicon Graphics
(Don Williams, 346-9342)
Solid Systems
(Pete Farrell, 442-2222)
Sterling Infomation Group
(Darrell Hanshaw, 344-1005)
Sun Microsystems
(Rick Taylor)
Supplier of Unix client-server computing solutions
Texas Internet Consulting
(Smoot Carl-Mitchell, 451-6176, smoot [at] tic <dot> com)
TCP/IP networking, Unix, and open systems standards
Technow
A Sun Authorized Training Center and a Hardware Reseller
Unison Software
(Shelley St. John, 478-0611)
Supplier of networked systems management solutions
UT Computer Science Department
(Patti Spencer)
UT Computation Center
(Mike Cerda, 471-3241, cerda [at] uts <dot> cc <dot> utexas <dot> edu)

Directions to Meeting Location

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month. This month, the CACTUS meeting will be held at the Hyde Park Church of Christ. The address is 310 West 43rd Street (see http://tinyurl.com/ak7q23).


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