How to automate vSphere Metro Storage Clusters, so VMs are running locally to storage

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Good Post by Heino Skoy (thank you)

Lately, I’ve been working on a project for a customer, who needed to deploy a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) solution based on vSphere 5.5 and HP 3PAR StoreServ arrays to allow for site failover and improved disaster avoidance.

HP 3PAR StoreServ arrays supports a Uniform vMSC using 3PAR Peer Persistence, meaning that ESXi hosts within the vMSC cluster have access to storage arrays in both sites. See the following illustration for Uniform vMSC cluster architecture:

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Is Storage the Killer App for Software-Defined Networking?

Good Post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has always looked a bit like a solution in search of a problem, at least in the enterprise data center. But there are lots of potential applications that need a dynamic and scalable network. In my mind, storage is chief among these, since scalability and flexibility has always been extremely difficult to achieve.

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Brocade MAPS “non-management”

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

Ok this may seem a bit of me having a go at Brocade’s successor to Fabric Watch but it isn’t. This week I ran into a couple of cases where switches were upgraded to FOS 7.2.x and Fabric Watch was converted to MAPS. Nothing wrong with that but it seems that many administrators blindly kick off some rule-sets via BNA and leave it at that. Whilst I applaud the move to the latest and greatest code levels (mainly because the majority of known bugs are fixed) it also means that updated and/or new functionality needs to be reviewed and actively managed.

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Implementing VMware Horizon View on IBM Flex System

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Implementing VMware Horizon View on IBM Flex System

The IBM® SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers robust, cost-effective, and manageable virtual desktop solutions for various clients, user types, and industry segments. These solutions can help increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a reference architecture approach, this infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms.

IBM SmartCloud® Desktop Infrastructure with VMware Horizon View simplifies desktop and application management and increases security and control. Horizon View delivers a personalized, high-fidelity experience for users across sessions and devices. It also enables higher availability and agility of desktop services that are unmatched by traditional PCs, reducing the total cost of desktop ownership is reduced. Users can enjoy new levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations with IT greater policy control.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution that is based on VMware Horizon View that is running on IBM Flex System™. It highlights key components, architecture, and benefits of this solution. It also provides planning and deployment considerations and step-by-step instructions about how to perform specific tasks.

This book is intended for IT professionals who are involved in planning, design, deployment, and management of the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure that is built on IBM Flex System that is running VMware Horizon View.

Cisco reps flog Whiptail’s Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

Post by Chris Mellor (thnak you) over at El Reg

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC’s XtremIO and Pure Storage.

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OpenStack Havana All-in-One Lab: Cinder addition for Block Storage

Good post by Eric Wright (thank you)

It seems like forever ago that we began, and it’s time to keep the ball rolling with our OpenStack Havana All-in-One build on VMware Workstation series that had become idle in the last little while.

Lot’s of great feedback has been coming in and one of the key things that we wanted to do to get to our next step was to enable OpenStack Block Storage, also known as Cinder.

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The Value of HP StoreEver for Archive

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

Archiving is a key use case for tape. But how does archive actually differ from backup? And how can HP StoreEver tape archive solutions help you reduce costs, save time and reduce risk?

Archive is NOT backup!

It’s important to understand that archive and backup are distinct processes with different objectives—each one imposing different requirements on the storage systems that they utilize.

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Say nay to the naysayers – serverside storage for believers

Good post by Hans de Leenheer (thank you) – the discussions on Serverside Storage are really heating up.

The heat is on! That’s the least you can say about datacenter marketexture. There are two big trends going on in the datacenter design:

  • on the logical side we are drastically changing from a client-server age to cloud-computing age (or however we are going to call this era in 10 years time).
  • on the physical side we are drastically changing from a silo-design to a node-based design. this goes hand in hand with the ‘software-defined’ trend

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VMware Leverages VSAN for Horizon 6 VDI Suite

Post by Pedro Hernandez (thank you)

VMware is gunning for Citrix with the latest edition of its cloud-enabled virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product. The company’s includes VMware’s recently-launched Virtual SAN technology.

The computer virtualization specialist, a subsidiary of data storage giant EMC, took the wraps off Horizon 6, an integrated suite of desktop management solutions.

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What Does Software-Defined Mean For Data Protection?

Good post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

What is the role of data protection in today’s increasingly virtualized world? Should organizations look towards specialized backup technologies that integrate at the hypervisor or application layer or should they continue utilizing traditional backup solutions to safeguard business data? Or should they use a mix? And what about the cloud? Can existing backup applications or newer virtualized offerings, provide a way for businesses to consolidate backup infrastructure and potentially exploit more efficient cloud resources? The fact is, in today’s ever changing computing landscape, there is no “one-size-fits all” when it comes to data protection in an increasingly software-defined world.

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