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 […]

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