Browsing Posts published in May, 2012

Reading Time: < 1 minute In the fabric section of System Center VMM 2012 is also possible add external hardware network load balancers and manage, in a similar way as a storage array can be added and managed. But in this case there isn’t a standard interface to remote manage the devices and each vendor must make available a supported “provider” that is just the management software part for the integration with VMM. Actually the supported devices are:

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the previous post I’ve described how System Center VMM 2012 can handle and manage some storage compatible with the SMI-S interface. Now I’ll explain how connect an old Dell PowerVault MD3000i (but of course works also with recent models) using the SMIA (SMI Application) package that actually is not available as a standalone package, but it’s only included in the VMware vCenter Center integration (MD Storage Array vCenter Plug-in). You can simple adapt it to work also for SCVMM. First you have to download the binary (there are a 32 bit and 64 bit […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the interesting features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 is that it can handle several other objects and not only the VM (when the name will be changed to reflect this?). Of course it can handle hosts (not only Hyper-V hosts), but also networking and storage. All those resource are in the “fabric” tab. In this case we see a storage array with its LUNs:

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Open Storage Summit EMEA 2012 day was really interesting both from the sessions and the interviews. About the sessions, the agenda was really full and with three different paths in the afternoon… so I can only give my opinions on some sessions (and wait the see at least the presentations of the others). The most interesting sessions were the first two keynotes: Welcome and Opening from Evan Powell (Nexenta) and Industry Trends – Designing Public & Private Clouds from Randy Bias (Cloudscaling). About Evan Powell I also had an interview, so I will spend […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the interesting message from the Open Storage Summit EMEA 2012 is that (for Nexenta and other several companies/organizations) the ZFS if probably the perfect filesystem for storage systems. For Nexenta this is a core part of their NexentaStor solution and products and their are still thinking that is (also today) the best choice. But what is ZFS? It’s a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems on 2005 for OpenSolaris. One really interesting aspect is that ZFS is implemented as open-source software, licensed under the Common Development and Distribution […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute As written in a previous post, I was invited by Nexenta to attend at the OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012, a meeting hosted by Nexenta but open to the OpenStorage industry participating in panels, case studies and technical vendor presentations. Today is the “Summit” day (previous days were mainly for courses and training) and the agenda is quite full and interesting with several tracks in the after. But more interesting seems to be some specific meeting that I’ll have during the day: Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta Daniel Jackobsson, Ballou Internet Services Sakthi Chandra, NexentaVSA for […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Yesterday, Nexenta® Systems,  at the start of its OpenStorage Summit EMEA, announced the official release of NexentaVSA for View, a breakthrough solution that expands Nexenta’s proven ZFS-based storage software into virtualized desktop environments. A result of Nexenta’s strategic partnership with VMware, NexentaVSA for View simplifies several task of a virtual desktop environment: Deploy: The VDI Deployment Wizard gives administrators the capability to create NFS / ZFS storage from local ESX storages of all clustered ESX servers and, subsequently, create virtual desktops based on this automated (created) storage. Measure: Unprecedented performance testing, provided through NexentaVSA Performance […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Other recent whitepapers could be added to the previous list (Whitepaper di VKernel utili per il vDesign): Requirements for Capacity Management in Virtual Environments Data centers with virtualized environments have a real need for effective capacity management. This white paper discusses why vm capacity management is critical to achieving the benefits of server virtualization, and outlines the three key requirements to consider when evaluating capacity management systems. Detecting Available VM Slots for Capacity Planning Knowing how many more virtual machine (VM) slots are actually available is vital to capacity planning in a virtualized environment. Determing […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute The official VCAP5-DCD exam has been released some days ago and there is the relative web page with several information about it and, of course, the blueprint. And also there are other site with useful study guides and notes: VCAP brownbags Gregg Robertson’s VCAP5-DCA & DCD resource page Scott Vessey’s VCAP5-DCD resource page (actually contains only generic information) Ray Heffer’s VMware VCAP5-DCD Study Guide & Notes page Steve Dunne’s VCAP-DCD 5 – Study Pack VCAP-DCD | Objective 1.1 | Gather and analyse business requirements

Reading Time: < 1 minute Finally, after the beta period and a long waiting (first time that beta results were out before the exam goes live), the VCAP5-DCD exam is now available. All information are on the official web page. It also confirmed the rumors that, for a shot period, all VCAP4-DCD could upgrade to v5 without the need of VCP5… Nice but unuseful… I think that most has alreay upgrade before the 29th of Feb… So an exam discount (IMHO) was a better option. As usually, for VCAP exam, you need to require a VCAP5-DCD Authorization, that is still […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes The PowerEdge™ R720 server is one of the 12G models of Dell server’s portfolio. By working for a Dell’s partner I’ve got the opportunity to test one and those are my consideration. Of course processors are new (Intel® Xeon ® processor E5-2600 product family), but Intel (the last 0 mean that is an Intel server) does not help due to strange choice in the numbers of the Xeon series (I’ve already talk about it in the post Greater number is always better? For Intel maybe no) … The silly aspect is that an old R810 […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today a new traing video has been added in the Backup Academy web site: “Basic principles of backup policies” by me :) In this lesson I will explain what is a backup policy and also give some information about the flow and the process to design a backup plan. Then I will detail some aspects of a backup policy, like What, Where and How. The purpose of this lesson is just give the bases of some concepts. For deep technical details on specific argument there are other lessons in the Backup Academy. Basic principles of […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes DatacenterDynamics Converged recognises the need for cross-disciplinary cooperation in the data centre. From site selection and construction to outsourcing strategy and regulation through to how best to deliver the infrastructure for your mission-critical infrastructure – DatacenterDynamics Converged reflects the interaction of the following three elements for optimum data centre operation and management. The DatacentreDynamics census revealed an industry second-to-none in terms of development. The high level of sophistication and maturity in the market has shifted the emphasis from facility and investment expenditure to concerns of efficiency; data centre monitoring, IT optimisation and the increased adoption […]

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