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Reading Time: 4 minutes The big news from the European VMworld event was something external to the VMworld event, but with some possible impacts on VMware (and of course for VMworld). Dell is going to acquire EMC for around $67 billion!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) for VMware is a VMware vCenter plug-ins that allows administrators to manage their EqualLogic groups and coordinate data protection and recovery within their vSphere environment. The Dell VSM is a virtual appliance that is downloaded as part of the all-inclusive Dell EqualLogic software support and can be installed into an existing VMware vCenter environment. The management can be done both within the vSphere Client (for old versions) or the vSphere Web Client (basically VSM management it’s just a web oriented interface). Actually exist two main versions of this product:

Reading Time: 7 minutes Dell Storage portfolio has grown in those years, also from some acquisitions (EqualLogic and Compellent) and some partnership (like the recent one with Nutanix for the XC Series) becoming more complete and spread. Actually there are three main lines in the “traditional” storage world that include: MD3 series (based on NetApp technologies), PS series (based on EqualLogic) and SC series (based on Compellent). And new solutions for the hyper-converged world, including the XC series and VMware EVO:RAIL appliances (but also other partnership, like the one with Nexenta or RedHat).

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell announced an expansion of its 13th generation PowerEdge servers, in the top line adding new four-socket servers to its portfolio. The new servers are: PowerEdge R930 (rack server), PowerEdge FC830 (for the FX converged platform), PowerEdge M830 (for the M1000e modular system) and PowerEdge M830P (for the VRTX converged system). The Dell’s servers porfolio also included several other solutions, for those are all the four-socket configuration for the new latest generation of products line.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some months ago Dell announced a new server architecture that combines characteristics of both rack servers and blade servers into a new architecture: this new converged architecture is called PowerEdge FX. This was not the first that combine both rack and blade server concept in a single architecture: first Dell product to do this was the Dell PowerEdge VRTX (it also combine the tower form factor). But the FX is something different: this platform was not designed to replace Dell’s blade server portfolio, it’s designed for better density and scalability compared to the M1000e blade system. It’s […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dell’s networking portfolio was historically made by a Dell PowerConnect series for the switches in the SMB and mid-size target and the PowerConnect-W for the wireless offer. Some years ago there was also a PowerConnect-J series with the (temporally) partnership with Juniper (before the Force10 acquisition). The Dell Force10 was positioned in the top of the networking offer with several products both for the traditional networking approach (core, aggregation and access) and also for the emerging model (leaf-spine). But recently the entire networking family has been re-organized and renamed with new names, a clear positioning […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Dell has just announced the new generation of PowerEdge servers: the Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio features customer-inspired engineering built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise and hyperscale applications, and features state-of-the-art advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with industry leading systems management capabilities. The first wave of the new Dell PowerEdge servers includes the PowerEdge R730xd, R730, and R630 rack servers, the M630 blade server, and the T630 tower server, which are built with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 processors. Combined with Dell’s end-to-end portfolio of […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nutanix does not need presentation: it’s one the first example of hyper-converged storage architecture and probably one of the most know (for an overview see this post). Dell also does not need any presentation and their storage portfolio has some interesting products, included PowerVault MD (based on NetApp technologies), other PowerVault products, EqualLogic and Compellent solutions. This week Dell announced is new partnership with Nutanix to provide a new series of their converged appliance built on Dell servers and powered by the Nutanix software extending Dell’s SDS portfolio. This is another step for Dell into […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you use SSD disks connected to a RAID controller like the Dell PERC (common in most Dell PowerEdge server), is common that the disks may be not recognized as SSD on the upper level. Because this type of RAID card cannot have a pass-thought feature (or VSAN friendly in VMware world) and is threated as a common virtual disk. If the purpose is just add the SSD as a cache system, you can use the integrated (in most recentrly PERC) feature: CacheCade is used to improve random read performance of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Heartbleed is a software bug in the open-source cryptography library OpenSSL, which allows an attacker to read the memory of a server or a client, allowing (with special forget packets) reading (small) portition of the victim client. This could expose to lost of some data and potentially also confidendial data. Heartbleed.com has a detailed explanation of the issue, which is related to the “heartbeat” section of OpenSSL’s transport layer security (TSL) protocols and has been in the wild since March 2012 and affect all version from OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f. You need to upgrade the […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the night (in my timezone) between March 17th and 18th I’ve received an email with this subject: Congratulations, you have been selected as 2014 Dell TechCenter Rockstar! The content of the mail explain the program and the criteria: The Dell TechCenter (DTC) Rockstar program recognizes independent experts and enthusiasts for their significant positive impact on Dell TechCenter, blogs and social media when discussing Dell. After careful review of numerous applicants and nominations, we think you would be a great fit for our exclusive group.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some years ago, I’ve write some posts on how install Dell OpenManage on VMware ESXi. The OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a Dell tool really useful for a central management or to be integrated in other Dell’s management tools. There are different options, but basically the most used ways are: Use the Dell ESXi custom image that already include also a version of OMSA (not necessary the latest) Use the command line Use VMware Update Manager The last option is my preferred option because is really faster and simplest.

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the previous post we have described how the command line of a Dell PowerVault storage allows several more operations compare the graphical interface. For example, the disk initialization is just one of the several troubleshooting cases where it becomes mandatory to rely on the command line (or on technical support). Another case is where the RAID of a disks group go into the “corrupted” state: at that point, again, there is no simple solution because you have limited options in the graphical interface. Again, the solution is switch to the command line and use the […]

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