Browsing Posts published in November, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes In my briefing with Emulex, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Shaun Walsh, SVP Marketing & Corporate Development, Emulex. Was an interesting extension of the previous meeting with SNIA and FCIA to see how Emulex is approaching the FC storage world. To be honest they are working also hard in the Ethernet and traditional network world, but the core remain the FC world. Emulex does not require too much introdution: the Company’s I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In my briefing with SNIA Europe, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Bob Plumridge, SNIA Europe Chairman of the Board and Mark Jones Director Technical Marketing of Emulex but present as Vice Chairman of FCIA (Fibre Channel Industry Association). SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Europe advances the interests of the storage industry by driving the evolution and adoption of storage technologies and standards, educating the market and influencing relevant EU and national polices. As a Regional Affiliate of SNIA Worldwide, they represent storage product and solutions manufacturers and the channel community across EMEA. […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In my briefing with Tarmin, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Joseph Lynn, Director of Marketing at Tarmin. Tarmin is an agile and innovative startup delivering key advanced technologies in big data and information management, leveraging the promise of cloud computing to create a new storage paradigm. They are focusing on providing active archive, Content Addressable Storage (CAS), Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and intelligent storage software optimised for secondary storage environment.

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my briefing with APTARE, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Nigel Houghton, Regional Sales Manager at APTARE. I’ve met him also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months. APTARE is the leading independent provider of enterprise data center optimization software that helps companies maximize their storage environment, reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) and ensure that their critical data is protected. The company has a long history because was founded in 1993 by a team of enlightened computer software engineers […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In my briefing with Virtual Instruments, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Skip Bacon Chief Technology Officer and Chris James Director EMEA Marketing. I’ve met both also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months. Virtual Instruments is a company focused in Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) for physical, virtual, and cloud computing environments. The VirtualWisdom platform provides end-to-end visibility into real-time performance, health and utilization metrics from the entire systems stack. Virtual Instruments drives improved performance and availability while lowering the total […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In my briefing with Spectra Logic, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Steve Mackey, Vice President International at Spectra Logic. I’ve met him also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months. Compared to other storage companies met during this event, this is one with a long history (over 30 years of experience in storage) and it well known in the US, but honestly not the same in EMEA (or at least not in Italy) and, in fact, one of their mission […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my briefing with Actifio, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Andrew Gilman (Senior Director of Global Marketing) and Ann Karolin Thueland (Director Marketing EMEA). The company is a so-called storage “start-up”, but it already has its own story (it was founded by Ash Ashutosh in July 2009) and by the way was born in Massachusetts, rather than the “usual” Silicon Valley. Furthermore, compared to many other start-up that are building solutions similar to each other (at least from a conceptual point of view), here the founders have addressed a specific needs […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not only the VMware Horizon View 5.3 has been released but also the related Feature Pack 1. It’s available, as usual, in a dedicated download area. It also include the new Blast 2.2 protocol (aka the HTML5 access) that bring some interesting in term of performance and speed and reduce the big gap between the PCoIP protocol (for more info see also PCoIP vs. Blast). For the installation and configuration procedure the notes in the post about the 5.2 View version are still valid.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Finally the new Horizon View is now available for the download. It’s the version compatible with vSphere 5.5. To use View Storage Accelerator in a vSphere 5.5 or later environment, a desktop virtual machine must be 512GB or smaller. View Storage Accelerator is disabled on virtual machines that are larger than 512GB. Virtual machine size is defined by the total VMDK capacity. For example, one VMDK file might be 512GB or a set of VMDK files might total 512GB. This requirement also applies to virtual machines that were created in an earlier vSphere release and […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes So also this event is gone. This was my second year at this kind of event and I think that was really useful and interesting, especially for the good meetings that I’ve got during those two days. Some considerations are already available in my report of the first and the second day. But I will also post more about each vendor meeting on the next days. This is a complete list:

Reading Time: < 1 minute Also Symantec has updated one of its backup solutions to add VMware vSphere 5.5 compatibility: actually only with Backup Exec 2012 Service Pack 3 (after a beta period), that means no support (yet) for previous versions (with vSphere 5.1 was also added to the 2010 product, now it’s not clear if it will or not). This Service Pack SP3 contains added platform support, critical updates, and enhancements for Backup Exec 2012 revision 1798. For more information see also the TECH205351 or the related Readme file.

Reading Time: 5 minutes The new VMware vSphere 5.5 has some interesting new features and scalability properties that make interesting for each new environment, but also for existing customers (considering that the license key remain still the same of the 5.x feature). So could make sense start using directly this version instead of the 5.1 and upgrade all existing environment to the new version 5.5? Like each new version you have to make some consideration first and especially before starting the upgrade procedure. The main consideration is that each new product (does not matter that is a major or […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes In VMware ESXi the All Paths Down (APD) or Permanent Device Loss (PDL) condition is what occurs on an ESX/ESXi host when a storage device is removed in an uncontrolled manner from the host (or the device fails), and the VMkernel core storage stack does not know how long the loss of device access will last. A typical way of getting into APD would be a Fiber Channel switch failure or (in the case of an iSCSI array) a network connectivity issue. But there are also other scenarios that we will discuss later. VMware vSphere […]

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