HP reveals lucky seven new storage products in Vegas

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Pre-split and with a new head of storage starting HP has used its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to reveal a raft of storage announcements to maintain momentum while the new man gets his office chair warmed up.

Here we have a large systems supplier flexing its muscles and releasing a related set of storage items to put the competitive pressure of backup-to-disk, hybrid array and virtual SAN competitors

The theme is increasing the scalability and performance of products for the hotly-contested mid-size customer market, and it’s presented under a more-for-less umbrella.

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Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime.

Upgrading an existing Virtual SAN 5.5 cluster to Virtual SAN 6.0 is performed in multiple phases and it requires the re-formating of the of all of the magnetic disks that are being used in a Virtual SAN cluster. The upgrade is defined as a one-time procedure that is performed from RVC command line utility with a single command.

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Brocade Network Advisor Database access

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

So every now and then I get the question if it is possible to access the BNA database in order to get info which then can be used to fill an excel spreadsheet for reference purposes. The though process is that often BNA/Storage administrators don’t want server admins to fool around in BNA and accidentally make changes or configuration mistakes but in the same time be able to provide insight in the SAN from a install base and configuration perspective. Although there is nothing wrong with the intent of that thought the method is however very questionable.

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Combining snapshots and backups for best practice data protection

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

When it comes to best practice data protection for your business-critical applications, no single snapshot or backup technology can provide the complete solution. Snapshots and backups have different yet complementary roles to play for availability, backup and disaster recovery.

When you’re looking for a comprehensive, tiered and converged data protection architecture that balances availability and protection, it should not be a question of either-or but more a case of where and how to best use snapshots and backup.  

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Why i think VSAN is so desruptive

Post by Chuck Hollis (thank you)

Looking for a great disruption story in enterprise IT tech?  I think what VSAN is doing to the established storage industry deserves to be a strong candidate.

I’ve seen disruptions — small and large — come and go.  If you’re into IT infrastructure, this is one worth watching.

A few years ago, I moved from EMC to VMware on the power of that prediction.  So far, it’s played out pretty much as I had hoped it would.  There’s now clearly a new dynamic in the ~$35B storage industry, and VMware’s Virtual SAN is very emblematic of the changes that are now afoot.

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Open Source Storage (part 2)

Post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

Six years ago I wrote this article : Open Source Storage in which I describe that storage will become “Software Defined”. Basically I already predicted SDN before the acronym was even invented.  What I did not see coming is that Oracle would buy SUN and by doing that basically killing off the entire “Open Source” part of that article but hey, at least you can call yourself a Americas Cup sponsor and Larry Elisons yacht maintainer. :-)

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EVO:RAIL – Under The Covers – Networking (Part1)

Post by Mike Laverik (thank you)

This is a topic I’ve written about previously in a blogpost called “Getting the RTFM In place”. Typically enterprise products are generally easy to setup so long as you have got your pre-requisites in place – fail to do that and your mileage will vary significantly. You’d be surprised (or perhaps not!) how frequently things go awry in life simple because the basics haven’t even been addressed. So despite having written about this before I want to touch on this topic again – this time adding steps the guy charged with the setup routine can follow. My apologies in advance if anyone thinks I’m teaching Grandma how to suck eggs. To be honest most of this is well documented in our EVO:RAIL User Guide. But heck, who downloads and reads an 8-page PDF before holding their nose and jumping in with both feet?

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New X-IO ISE 800 All-Flash Array

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

X-IO’s five-year warranty, maintenance-free sealed disk and disk+flash arrays have a new brother: the all-flash ISE. It’s sprinted right to the top of the SPC-1 price/performance benchmark charts.

The ISE 800 comes in a standard 3U X-IO enclosure and uses X-IO’s Gen 3 architecture, which first appeared in the ISE 780 in January. There are three models:

  • 820 – to 6.4TB pre-RAID capacity (2.7TB RAID 10, 4.3TB RAID 5)
  • 850 – to 25.6TB pre-RAID capacity (11.4TB RAID 10, 18.3TB RAID 5)
  • 860 – to 51.2TB pre-RAID capacity (22.9TB RAID 10, 36.6TB RAID 5)

All provide a max of 400,000 IOPS, or 260,000 IOPS with what is called an OLTP workload. There is up to 5GB/sec of bandwidth available.

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Five Reasons to run MS-SQL on All-Flash

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Applications are often the key service that data centers provide to their organizations. The speed at which these applications can respond to the user’s requests is often THE measurement of how IT is perceived by the organization. As a result IT departments spend a lot of time and resources making sure the database application is running at peak performance at all times.

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VMware Virtual SAN Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Reference Manual

Good document by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

VMware’s Virtual SAN is designed to be simple: simple to configure, and simple to operate. This simplicity masks a sophisticated and powerful storage product. The purpose of this document is to fully illustrate how Virtual SAN works behind the scenes: whether this is needed in the context of problem solving, or just to more fully understand its inner workings.

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