Browsing Posts published in January, 2012

VMware has just released new patches for vSphere 4.1. Detailed information regarding resolved and known issues and enhancements can be found at: VMware ESX 4.1 Patch is available for download at or they can be handled with VUM.

The Dell KACE K2000 is a client OS deployment appliance that supports both Mac OS and Windows OS images. The KACE K2000 comes as 1U rack-mounted server or in a VMware virtual machine (VK2000). It runs, as also the K1000 appliance, a version of the BSD OS… for this reason the virtual appliance isn’t supported on Microsoft’s Hyper-V platform. The key points of this solutions (from Dell KACE site) are: Easy to use: train your staff (and yourself) in just hours, and deploy in as little as a day. An intuitive Web-based interface allows administrators […]

The KACE Management Appliance delivers a fully integrated systems management solution, unlike traditional software approaches that can require complex and time-consuming deployment and maintenance. KACE accomplishes this via an extremely flexible, intelligent appliance-based architecture that typically deploys in days and is self maintaining. The KACE Management Appliance also provides direct access to time-saving AppDeploySM systems management community information using AppDeploy Live, the leading destination for end point administrators. The result: Comprehensive systems management that is easy-to-use and that can be more economical than software only alternatives. This appliances family can provide a lot of functions (that […]

The Dell EqualLogic team has officially announced the release of Host Integration Tools for Microsoft (HIT/Microsoft) v4.0, now available for download. The EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft (HIT/Microsoft) tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with Microsoft host operating platform and host applications enabling consistent data protection (using snapshots and replicas), performance optimization (with a specific multipath module) and streamlined management and operation (for example to help to connect a host or to initialize an array). I’ve see HIT/Microsoft 4.0 during the last Dell Storage Forum and also during the beta period and it’s […]

One curios thing of both ExaGrid and Dell DR4000 solutions (but also other solutions) is that they lack of a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) feature and only work as a network share (with CIFS or NFS). In both cases the reason was not technical (but I think that the main reason is still just a way to reduce cost and complexity) but marketing/strategy (customers just don’t ask at this feature). But moving from a backup to tape (B2T) to a backup to disk (B2D) solution does not necessary mean move to backup to file (over […]

Several new solutions seem demonstrate that backup destination is moving from tape to disk. It isn’t really a new trend of last year (for example see this paper from Lisa 2006, or Microsoft that has removed the tape support in his OS included backup solution starting from Windows Vista), but now more products are pointing to the disk solution. The Linear Tape Open (LTO) consortium (whose member include Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Quantum) has officially released specifications for the LTO Generation 5 with around 1,5 TB of native capacity and a throughput of 140MBps (uncompressed)… and […]

The new Dell DR4000 Advanced Disk Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution was lauched during the last Dell Storage Forum and can optimize data management while reducing reliance on tape backups. The new Dell DR4000 Storage Platform which combines the performance and reliability of disk-based backup with innovative deduplication and compression capabilities from Dell’s Ocarina Networks acquisition. The DR4000 will compete directly with the EMC Data Domain DD160, Quantum DXi4000, Hewlett-Packard D2D StoreOnce, and ExaGrid’s EX Series. Before this product, Dell has sold EMC Data Domain solutions or specific backup vendor solutions, now it start to play in this market (as also reported in […]

To add other information to the previous post I would add to point some interesting features for ExaGrid products. Encryption The Exagrid EX13000-SEC offers improved data security with enterprise-proven, industry standard Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) technology. SEDs provide a high level of security for data-at-rest and can help reduce IT drive retirement costs in the data center. All data on the disk drive is encrypted automatically without any action required by users. Encryption and authentication keys are never accessible to outside systems, where they can be stolen. Unlike software-based encryption methods, SEDs typically have a better […]

The ExaGrid system is a “cost effective” and scalable backup to disk (B2D) solution that works with most of existing backup application (it does not provide a backup engine itself, but can use other programs with the requirement that they must be able to save the backup to a network share). ExaGrid’s innovative approach minimizes the amount of data to be stored by providing standard data compression for the most recent back ups, along with byte level data deduplication for all previous backups. ExaGrid’s post-process deduplication technology stores changes from backup to backup instead of […]

The first 2012 event of VMUG.IT is a “Hands-On Lab” day, with the format presented on the event of October 2011. The Hands-On Lab format is a one day of lab and test, where a single vendor can present his own solution for a virtual infrastructructure. The audience target is technical. When: Wed January, 18 gennaio 2012 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Where: Moresi.Com SA, Via Pedemonte di Sopra, 6818 Melano (Switzerland) Vendor: ExaGrid More information: event page Note that this first event will be most in English language, so is not reserved only […]

KACE is not only a series of management appliances, but also a set of tools, scripts, knowledge base articles, … related to IT world with attention on IT management and security. In the free tools area, one interesting solution is a browser designed for people that require more security during Internet browsing: the name of this solution is Secure Browser. Before the Dell acquisition, this product was sold  by KACE  with a commercial license, but now it is free , both for personal and commercial use and can be downloaded from KACE web site. (just […]

About one year ago Dell announce the acquisition of KACE, a company established in 2003 specializes in delivering appliance-based computer systems management solutions which allow organizations (medium and large to 3.500 devices). The Kace products family is mainly based on two different product lines with different purposes (and that can work together): Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance fulfills the systems management needs of an organization including device discovery and inventory, software distribution, configuration and policy management, patch management, security audit and enforcement, asset management, service desk, power management, remote control and reporting. Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance fulfills […]

Finally the Europen edition of Dell Storage Forum 2012 is over, after four full intesive days (some moments are also in this fotogallery). The main theme of the event was the “Fluid by Design” approach of Dell Storage products (and not only), already discussed in the previous post. Interesting the video (also presented during the last general session) with the answers by several attendees at what does “Fluid by Design” mean to you? About my technicals wish-list, in the NDA sessions there were several interesting announces and future plans… most on the right way. The Hand-on-labs were really interesting and […]

The last event day has started at 8 AM with the general sessions “Efficient IT – Shifting from Operation to Innovation” with Stephen Murdoch (VP & GM of Public and Large Enterprise, EMEA). In my opinion, this was the best general session of the entire event, maybe with a less impact compared with the one yesterday morning, with a lot of interesting points, like:  “Dell is focusing on people & process not just the technology”, “17% of IT hardware is storage 60% of storage cost is labour “, “shadow IT is when users just go […]

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