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Server StorageIO August 2016 Update Newsletter

August 28, 2016 – 7:14 pm

Happy 20th Birthday Microsoft Windows Server, get ready for Windows Server 2016

August 3, 2016 – 2:39 pm
Happy 20th Birthday Windows Server, ready for Server 2016? In case you have not heard, Microsoft is celebrating the 20th birthday (or anniversary) of Windows Server. Microsoft has a nice site with info graphics and timelines of where Windows Server has been and accomplished over the past 20 years (view here). Some of you may remember from 20 years ago Windows Server with a different name aka Windows NT Server. Back in the day, if you recall (or read), server requirements were more in the 33 MHz vs. 3.3GHz range, 32MB of RAM Memory vs. 32GB to 320GB, 150MB HDD vs. 150GB SSD or 1.5TB HDD. Keep in mind that 20 years ago Linux was a relative new thing with Red Hat not yet quite household or more specific enterprise name. The various Unix (e.g. IBM AIX, HP HP-UX, Sun Solaris, DEC Unix and Ultrix among many others) were still dominate, OS2 had ...

Server StorageIO June July 2016 Update Newsletter

July 31, 2016 – 2:15 pm

Get in the NVMe SSD game (if you are not already) with Intel 750 among others

July 26, 2016 – 4:33 pm
Get in the NVMe SSD game (if you are not already) If you are or have talked the Non Volatile Memory (NVM) and NVM Express (NVMe) flash SSD talk, however have not yet done the walk, there are some good opportunities to do so. One example how to start walking the talk is get something like the Intel 750 400GB NVMe PCIe Add in Card (AiC) which you should be able to find on different venues including Amazon for $400 USD or less (recently saw the 400GB version for about $309 USD delivered). Of course the question might then be what to do with a NVMe device when you get it which besides running your applications on it, you can find some benchmark and workload generator tools, scripts and examples here. Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices Sure there are newer, more expensive, higher capacity cards, some are ...

Some server storage I/O benchmark workload scripts (Part I)

July 26, 2016 – 2:56 pm
Some server storage I/O benchmark workload scripts (Part I) This is part one of a two-part series of posts about using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part II here which includes the workload scripts and where to view sample results. There are various tools and workloads for server I/O benchmark testing, validation and exercising different storage devices (or systems and appliances) such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others. Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices For example, lets say you have an SSD such as an Intel 750 (here, here, and here) or some other vendors NVMe PCIe Add in Card (AiC) installed into a Microsoft Windows server and would like to see how it compares with expected results. The following scripts allow you to validate your system with those of others ...

Part II – Some server storage I/O workload scripts and results

July 26, 2016 – 2:55 pm
Part II - Some server storage I/O workload scripts and results This is the second in a two part series of posts pertaining to using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part I here which includes overview, background and information about the tools used and related topics. Various NVM flash SSD including NVMe devices Following are some server I/O benchmark workload scripts to exercise various storage devices such as Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) flash Solid State Devices (SSDs) or Hard Disk Drives (HDD) among others. The Workloads Some ways that can impact the workload performance results besides changing the I/O size, read write, random sequential mix is the number of threads, workers and jobs. Note that in the workload steps, the larger 1MB and sequential scenarios have fewer threads, workers vs. the smaller IOP or activity focused workloads. Too many threads or workers can cause overhead and you ...

12Gb SAS SSD Enabling Server Storage I/O Performance and Effectiveness Webinar

June 18, 2016 – 10:24 am
12Gb SAS SSD Enabling Server Storage I/O Performance and Effectiveness Webinar Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solid State Devices (SSDs) including nand flash, DRAM as well as emerging PCM and 3D XPoint as part of Storage Class Memories (SCMs) are in your future. The questions are where, when, for what, how much as well as what form factor packaging, along with server storage I/O interface are applicable for your different applications and data infrastructures. Server storage I/O physical interfaces for access NVM SSDs include PCIe Add in Cards (AiC), M.2 as well as emerging SFF 8639 (e.g. NVMe U2 drive form factor) along with mSATA (e.g. mini PCIe card) in addition to SAS, SATA, USB among others. Protocols include NVM Express (NVMe), SAS, SATA as well as general server storage I/O access of shared storage systems that leverage NVM SSD and SCM technologies. To help address the question of which server storage I/O interface is ...

NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management

May 31, 2016 – 10:26 am
NetApp Announces ONTAP 9 software defined storage management NetApp has announced ONTAP 9 the latest version or generation of their storage software that defines and powers ONTAP storage systems and appliances (e.g. those known by some as FAS among others). The major theme of ONTAP 9 is simple anywhere eluding to the software runs on storage system appliances (e.g. “tin wrapped” or hardware platform based), virtual storage (e.g. what has been known as “edge” in the past), as well as cloud versions (cDOT). The other part of simple beyond where the software gets deployed and how the resources along with functionality are consumed ties to management. This means simple from standalone systems to clusters, ONTAP 9 is focused on consolidation and management across different storage media mediums (HDD and SSD), platforms (engineered e.g. FAS to white box), protocols (block, file, objects) as ...

Server StorageIO May 2016 Update Newsletter

May 31, 2016 – 9:00 am

Dell Updates Storage Center Operating System 7 (SCOS 7)

May 31, 2016 – 6:18 am
Dell Updates Storage Center Operating System 7 (SCOS 7) In case you missed it, Dell recently announced Storage Center Operating System 7 (SCOS 7) with several enhancements for their SC series storage systems (e.g. Compellent). For those who are under maintenance agreements, the new features are no charge upgrades. Most of the SCOS 7 features should be generally available now (or soon) for the SC9000 series with other platform support phased in over time. Summary of Dell SC07 enhancements features Block level dedupe in addition to previous file dedupe Enhanced compression as a companion to dedupe of HDD and SSD data Single volumes or LUN can span across HDD and SSD tiers Live migration and volume management with load balancing Ability to move volumes between arrays Quality of Service (QoS) for performance across volumes and volume groups QoS set by IOPs, bandwidth and latency of ...

2016 Going Dutch Cloud Virtualization Server Storage I/O Seminars

May 17, 2016 – 2:37 pm
2016 Going Dutch Cloud Virtualization Server Storage I/O Seminars In June 2016 Brouwer Storage Consultancy is organizing their yearly spring seminar workshops in Nijkerk Holland (south of Amsterdam, near Utrecht and Amersfoort) with myself among others presenting. Cloud Virtualization Server Storage I/O Seminars For this series of seminar workshops, there are four sessions, two being presented by myself, and two others in conjunction with Reduxio as well as Fujitsu & SJ Solutions. Agenda, How To Register and Where To Learn More The vendor sponsored sessions will consist of about 50% content being independent presented by myself and Gert Brouwer, the balance by the event sponsors as well as their partners. All presentation and associated content including handouts will be in English. There will be 4 seminar workshop sessions, two of those are paid sessions dedicated to Greg Schulz and the other two are free (sponsored) sessions where 50% of the content is sponsored (Reduxio, Fujitsu ...

Participate in Top vBlog 2016 Voting Now

May 7, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Participate in Top vBlog 2016 Voting Now It's that time of the year when Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) hosts his annual top virtual Blog (vBlog) voting via his great vsphere-land site (check it out if you are not familiar). The voting is now open until May 27th after which the results tabulated, will be announced. While the focus is virtualization, rest assured there are other categories including scripting, storage, independent, new, video and podcast among others. For example my blog is listed under StorageIO (Greg Schulz) and included in storage and independent among some other categories. Granted it is an election year here in the US and hopefully those participating in the top vBlog 2016 voting process are doing so based on content vs. simply popularity or what their virtual Popularity Action Committees (vPAC) tells them to do, that is vPACs actually exist or if they are simply vUrban Myths ;). In other ...

EMCworld 2016 EMC Hybrid and Converged Clouds Your Way

May 3, 2016 – 3:17 pm
EMCworld 2016 EMC Hybrid and Converged Clouds Your Way This is a quick post looking at a high-level view of today's EMCworld 2016 announcements. Following up from yesterdays post covering the set of announcements, today's theme is around Hybrid, Converged and Clouds your way. In addition to the morning announcements, EMC also yesterday afternoon announced InfoArchive 4.0 and EMC LEAP cloud native content applications for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). However lets focus on today's announcements with a focus of modernize, transform and automate your date center. Today's announcements include: Cloud solution portfolio enhancements with Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) turnkey developer platform for cloud native application development. NHC editions include those for VMware vSphere, OpenStack and VMware Photo Platform. Read more here. VCE VxRack System 1000 with new Neutrino Nodes which are software defined hyper-converged rack scale solutions to support turnkey cloud (public, private, hybrid) implementations. ...

EMCworld 2016 Getting Started on Dell EMC announcements

May 2, 2016 – 12:30 pm
EMCworld 2016 Getting Started on Dell EMC announcements It's the first morning of EMCworld 2016 here in Las Vegas with some items already announced today, and more in the wings. One of the underlying themes and discussions besides what's new or who's doing what, is that this is for all practical purpose the last EMCworld with the upcoming Dell acquisition. What's not clear is will there be a renamed and repackaged Dell/EMCworld? With current EMC President Jeremy Burton who used to be the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at EMC slated to become the CMO across all of Dell, my bet is that there will be some type of new event picking up and moving to a new level of where EMCworld and Dellworld have been. More on the future of EMC and Dell in future posts, however for now, lets see what has unfolded so far today. Today's EMCworld theme is modernize ...