Browsing Posts published in January, 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sharing a USB device across the network could be useful in several user cases, but virtualization is one of them: also if you can connect a physical USB device in VMware vSphere (since version 4.1), this give some limits in cluster features like HA. Also other virtualization product does not have similar features (in Hyper-V, for example, it will add only in the next release), so usually external box are used to convert your local USB devices in a client – server approach.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some months Rubrik announced the release of version 2.0 of Rubrik Converged Data Management to deliver complete data protection and rich data services at a global scale (see also my previous post). The idea is quite simple but disruptive: reinvent the backup models in order to eliminate backup software by integrating data protection, instant recovery, and DevOps infrastructure into a single scale-out product!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Storage is a cool topic, but in most cases we just see software product on commodity hardware, that it’s fine: you push all the tecnology in the software layer (using the SDS approach), but sometimes it’s nice think about at some low level improvement or innovation. This is the case of outpace.IO, a technology manufacturing company that want to continue customer success with AoE (ATA over Ethernet) technology- The company is based in the United States with the headquartered in Georgia and a technical and operational office in Paris, France.

Reading Time: 2 minutes OpenIO is a startup founded in 2015 by a team of 7 co-founders, experts in mail and data infrastructures. The headquarter is located in Lille, France, and there is also an OpenIO office in San Francisco. They start with the need to to store huge amounts of relatively small files produced by end-users like emails, eventually using a large storage capacity, but always accessed with the lowest latency. Also, there was the need for maximum availability as Service Level Agreements were stricts for these critical end-user services. Object storage can be a solution for the capacity […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mangstor Inc is a storage company founded on 2012 and based at Austin (TX) with a deep expertise in storage and networking, especially in NVMe Flash Storage Solutions to accelerate application workloads in web-scale and enterprise data centers. They have an interesting storage appliance: the NX-Series is and NVMe over Fabric All Flash Storage Arrays (AFA) that can be deployed centrally and accessed by many servers connected via high-bandwidth, low-latency RDMA networks.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Atlantis Computing has announced the HyperScale CX-4 product targeted for distributed datacenters and also the ROBO (Remote Office/Branch Office) scenarios. The CX-4 appliance is a two-node hyperconverged integrated system with compute, all-flash storage, networking and virtualization designed for ROBO and micro data centers. The hardware configuration include two nodes with 4 TB of effective storage capacity and 48 compute cores in a compact 2U footprint, available with different appliances brads: Atlantis (with Supermicro hardware), Dell (with the support of the FX2 platform), HP, Lenovo and Cisco (this partnership was added during the last VMworld):

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veeam Software has announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Suite™ v9. Announced during the last VeeamON, the latest version of Veeam’s award-winning availability solution introduces more than 250 new innovative features and enhancements to help organizations deliver on the needs of the Always-On Enterprise, enabling SLAs (service level agreements) for recovery time and point objectives, or RTPO™, of less than 15 minutes for ALL applications and data. Notable highlights within Veeam Availability Suite v9 are:

Reading Time: 2 minutes Using Veeam Endpoint you learn a lot on how Microsoft VSS works and how you can solve problems when something stop or go wrong. Some months ago I’ve wrote about an issue in file exclusion (see Veeam Endpoint: unable to exclude files from shapshot). One week ago, Veeam Endpoint backup jobs goes in a yellow state again with this message: 05/01/2016 00:32:17 :: Unable to exclude files from snapshot: Shadow Copy Optimization Writer timed out (see Windows event log for more info).

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware vSphere 6.0 has got some issues, like the several related to CBT and data protection, during the first years of its life. Mostly is finally resolved, but you may still have strange issuesespecially during the upgrade procedure (most when you start from a vSphere 5.1 version). I notice, after an upgrade, also a strange behavior with vMotion where live VM migration fails with this error: A general system error occurred: PBM error occurred during PreMigrateCheckCallback: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you install PernixData FVP, you will notice some certificates warning prompt when you access to the management interface. The prompt appears because by default there is a certificated delivered with the computer name fvp.pernixdata.com and of course does not match your management server FQDN. Both the computer name and the root are not trusted and to fix the warning you need to create a self signed certificate and import it on your client, or request one from a trusted CA. Also if you generate a self-signed certificate it’s east to import it: user is […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Nakivo is a company with an interesting (both for the features and the costs) backup & replication native for VMware vSphere. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a complete data protection feature set for virtualized environments, including local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases, instant granular recovery, network acceleration, data deduplication and compression, Web UI, AES-256 encryption, advanced reporting, and vCloud Director support. The latest available version of branch 5 (started more than one year ago) is v5.9 (you can download the trial version).

Reading Time: 2 minutes Altaro (a company with an interesting backup solution both for VMware and Hyper-V) has recently published a short interview with 9 vExpert on their views on VMware VSAN and Hyper-Convergence solutions. Hyper-Convergence is the concept of putting storage and compute within the same chassis, with the idea that scale-out storage and computing will be much simpler. There are many companies that are starting to delve into this space, such as VMware with VSAN, Nutanix (one of the pioneer of this kind of approach), and now also Microsoft with Storage Spaces Direct.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Microsoft TechEd was the annual conference for developers and IT professionals working or interested in Microsoft technologies. The first TechEd happened in 1993 in Orlando, Florida and the last took place in Barcelona in 2014. This was also the last big Microsoft event in Europe. Starting from 2015, Microsoft rescheduled its conference schedule and introduced the Microsoft Ignite event. First Ignite was in Spring 2015 in Chicago and the next one is scheduled in Atlanta on September 26–30, 2016.

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