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VMware vSphere 5.1

There is a good post with a complete reference for all vSphere products:

Configuring CA signed certificates for VMware vCenter Server 5.0.x – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2015421
Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for vSphere Update Manager in vCenter 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2037581
Creating certificate requests and certificates for the vCenter 5.1 components – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2037432
Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for vCenter SSO in vCenter 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035011
Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for the Web Client and Log Browser in vCenter 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035010
Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for the Inventory service in vCenter 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035009
Configuring OpenSSL for installation and configuration of CA signed certificates in the vSphere environment – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2015387
Configuring CA signed certificates for ESXi 5.x hosts – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2015499
Configuring CA signed certificates for vCenter 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035005
Implementing CA signed SSL certificates with vSphere 5.0 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2015383
Implementing CA signed SSL certificates with vSphere 5.1 – http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2034833

Note you should start with KB 2034833 – Implementing CA signed SSL certificates with vSphere 5.1.

VMware View 5.1

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Interesting European IT events:

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The European chapter of #vBrownbag has started some months ago, as announced in a previous post and by several other posts and tweets.

Several session have been done and some not due to the absence of speakers.

So if you want to talk about the Cloud and the EUC certification path (actually the focus is on the VCP, but probably also VCAP in the future), just send your proposal on this schedule (as you can see there are also other arguments like vCOPS).

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There are several rumors about a virtual edition of EqualLogic, targeted especially for the SMB segment and/or the ROBO scenarios. Several storage vendors are proposing a virtual appliance version of some of their solutions (like HP with the virtual “LeftHand”) and actually Dell has nothing in this specific area.

The virtual EqualLogic could be the most reasonable product, just because the Compellent series is target for the high end area and usually has a mapping tighten with the hardware (let’s consider how PCI-e slots must be populated). The PowerVault series is just a re-branded of the LSI hardware so there is no reason to push for the virtual version of it.

A virtual version of EqualLogic, maybe with some space limit could be interesting solution and a good opportunity. But there are some problems related to it.

The main problem is related to the hardware platform: EqualLogic is not based, like several storage, on a Intel compatible platform. It used a MIPS processor (seems produced by Broadcom) and NetBSD OS (of course customized and optimized). Both could be a problem of a virtual edition: of course the processor is the main issued (you cannot virtualize a MIPS on a Intel platform, and this require a porting to the Intel platform). But also the OS could be a minor issue: not all the hypervisors support it.

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In the previous post I’ve describe how migrate volumes across two (or more) EqualLogic in the same group, using different storage pools.

In the same way is also possible migrate the data on the disaster recovery site: in this case data are the remote volume replicas that are stored in a single container called delegated space.

Each destination of a (asynchronous) replication must have a proper delegated space (and only one!), and a delegated space can be stored on a single storage pool.

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During an array migration usually you can use application level trick to move your data between the old and the new array. For example with VMware vSphere you can use the Storage vMotion features (now added also in lower edition of vSphere 5.1) or with Microsoft Hyper-V 3 you can use the new Storage Live Migration feature.

But in some case you may have also an option at storage level. For example to migrate across two Dell EqualLogic array (also different models) you can use the embedded function.

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On Sept 11, and also during the VMworld EU 2012, DataCore has announced that SANsymphony-V (“The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud”) is certified as VMware Ready™ and easily integrates with VMware’s portfolio of solutions, allowing data centre and private cloud operators to gain the most from their virtual infrastructure investments.

DataCore’s SANsymphony-V offers seamless integration with:

  • VMware vSphere® 5
  • VMware vSphere® Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
  • VMware vCenter™ Server
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager™ (SRM)

DataCore Software is a long standing member of VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner Program. Thousands of VMware vSphere and SANsymphony-V users are already realising dynamic, virtualised and private cloud environments powered by the hardware of their choice. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V 9.0 offers VMware software users enhanced flexibility and powerful automation benefits, delivering exceptional value to their private cloud and data centre environments. As enterprises and data centre operators continue to upgrade and modernize their infrastructure, they will require such solutions to maximize ROI. Advanced features of the DataCore Storage Hypervisor include automated tiering, thin provisioning and high availability, enabling administrators to gain full value and more effective usage of their costly solid state drive (SSD) deployments.

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My briefing with DataCore, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Alexander Best (Director Technical Business Development).

First to all we have talk about the new SANsymphony-V 9 (released on June 26, 2012) and how this kind of storage virtualization solution (or we can all it an example of Software Defined Storage) is probably the only one that is completly vendor independent. I will write in the next post about the specific functions and integration for VMware.

In an annouce at the Powering The Cloud even, DataCore has defined its solution the “The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud” including ‘Heat maps’ and tools to pinpoint storage bottlenecks and optimize storage pool management, high availability stretch-site mirroring, automatic Continuous Data Protection features for fast application recovery  and enterprise-wide flash SSD storage auto-tiering and adaptive caching capabilities that significantly boost the speed, throughput and availability of virtualized, I/O intensive business applications like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

More interesting was the discussion about the new features and changes of this product.

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My briefing with VMware, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Rob Jenkins (Director Advisory Services, EMEA).

Basically we have done a recap of some VMworld announcements and the VMware’s vision of the datacenters:

  • Flexibile IT infrastructure
  • Fabric of the datacenter
  • Fully automated

Was also interesting how VMware is doing a company data-mining to define and classify them by an “innovative score”.

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My briefing with Quantum, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Stéphane Estevez (Sr. Product Marketing Manager EMEA/APAC).

Quantum is one of the global expert in data protection and big data management solutions. Since 1980, they’ve been focused on helping IT departments address data protection and big data challenges with innovative solutions and world-class service and support. Quantum sells its branded products through a distribution network that includes more than 20 distributors and 5,000 resellers worldwide. Quantum also sells its products through leading OEMs such as Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and NetApp, as well as tape automation suppliers and tape media partners.

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Veeam announces it has expanded integration with HP to include SAN snapshot recovery for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage using HP 3PAR Virtual Copy Software.

Currently, Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots enables IT administrators to recover virtual machines (VMs) or data directly from HP StoreVirtual Storage snapshots within the Veeam Backup & Replication application. Veeam support for the new 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and all other 3PAR models is expected to become available in the first half of 2013.

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My briefing with Amplidata, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Tom Leyden (Director of strategic alliances and marketing).

Amplidata provides Optimized Object Storage systems for Big Data. It enables customers to deploy turnkey large-storage infrastructures that meet the highest reliability and availability requirements at the lowest possible cost. The company, founded on 2008, has a European headquarter at Lochristi, in Belgium (with also some customers in Italy). And also one in US, at Redwood City, CA.

The new CEO, Mike Wall, joined the Amplidata board on November 2nd 2011, and will be providing strategic insight and guidance to drive the company’s expansion in the market. It also has recently bring additional $6M funding.

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