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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 ...

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (aka Xenial Xerus) What’s In The Bits and Bytes?

May 1, 2016 – 10:54 am
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (aka Xenial Xerus) What's In The Bits and Bytes? Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (aka Xenial Xerus) was recently released (you can get the bits or software download here). Ubuntu is available in various distributions including as a server, workstation or desktop among others that can run bare metal on a physical machine (PM), virtual machine (VM) or as a cloud instance via services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as Microsoft Azure among others. Refresh, What is Ubuntu For those not familiar or who need a refresh, Ubuntu is an open source Linux distribution with the company behind it called Canonical. The Ubuntu software is a Debian based Linux distribution with Unity (user interface). Ubuntu is available across different platform architecture from industry standard Intel and AMD x86 32bit and 64bit to ARM processors and even the venerable IBM zSeriues (aka zed) mainframe as part of LinuxOne. As a ...

Server StorageIO April 2016 Update Newsletter

April 29, 2016 – 1:10 pm

Which Enterprise HDDs to use for a Content Server Platform

April 25, 2016 – 2:49 pm
Which Enterprise HDDs to use for a Content Server Platform Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This post is the first in a multi-part series based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). I was given the opportunity to do some hands-on testing running different application workloads with a 2U content solution platform along with various Seagate Enterprise 2.5” HDD's handle different application workloads. This includes Seagate’s Enterprise Performance HDD's with the enhanced caching feature. Issues And Challenges Even though Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) including NAND flash solid state devices (SSDs) have become popular storage for use internal as ...

Part 2 – Which HDD for Content Applications – How and What To Test

April 25, 2016 – 2:48 pm
Part 2 - Which HDD for Content Applications - How and What To Test Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the second in a multi-part series (read part one here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). In this post we look at some decisions and configuration choices to make for testing content applications servers as well as project planning. Content Solution Test Objectives In short period, collect performance and another server, storage I/O decision-making information on various HDD's running different content workloads. Working with the Servers Direct staff a suitable content solution platform test configuration was created. In ...

Part 3 – Which HDD for content applicaitons – Test Configuration

April 25, 2016 – 2:48 pm
Part 3 - Which HDD for content applications - Test Configuration Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the third in a multi-part series (read part two here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). In this post the focus expands to hardware and software defining as well as configuring the test environments along with applications workloads. Defining Hardware Software Environment Servers Direct content platforms are software defined and hardware defined to your specific solution needs. For my test-drive, I used a pair of 2U Content Solution platforms, one for a client System Test Initiator (STI) ...

Part 4 – Which HDD for Content Applications – Database Workloads

April 25, 2016 – 2:47 pm
Part 4 - Which HDD for Content Applications - Database Workloads Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the fourth in a multi-part series (read part three here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). In this post the focus expands to database application workloads that were run to test various HDD's. Database Reads/Writes Transaction Processing Council (TPC) TPC-C like workloads were run against the SUT from the STI. These workloads simulated transactional, content management, meta-data and key-value processing. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 was configured and used with databases (each 470GB e.g. scale 6000) created and ...

Part 5 – Which HDD to use for a Content Applications – Large and Small Files

April 25, 2016 – 2:47 pm
Part 5 - Which HDD for Content Applications - Large and Small Files Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the fifth in a multi-part series (read part four here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). In this post the focus looks at large and small file I/O processing. File Performance Activity Tip, Content solutions use files in various ways. Use the following to gain perspective how various HDD's handle workloads similar to your specific needs. Two separate file processing workloads were run (12), one with a relative small number of large files, and another with ...

Part 6 – Which HDD for Content Applications – General I/O Performance

April 25, 2016 – 2:46 pm
Part 6 - Which HDD for Content Applications - General I/O Performance Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the sixth in a multi-part series (read part five here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). In this post the focus is around general I/O performance including 8KB and 128KB IOP sizes. General I/O Performance In addition to running database and file (large and small) processing workloads, Vdbench was also used to collect basic small (8KB) and large (128KB) sized I/O operations. This consisted of random and sequential reads as well as writes with the results shown ...

Part 7 – HDDs for Content Applicaitons – HDDs continue to evolve

April 25, 2016 – 2:45 pm
Part 7 - HDDs for Content Applications - HDD's continue to evolve Which enterprise HDD to use with a content server platform Insight for effective server storage I/O decision making Server StorageIO Lab Review This is the seventh and final post in this multi-part series (read part six here) based on a white paper hands-on lab report I did compliments of Servers Direct and Seagate that you can read in PDF form here. The focus is looking at the Servers Direct (www.serversdirect.com) converged Content Solution platforms with Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drive (HDD's). The focus of this post is comparing how HDD continue to evolve over various generations boosting performance as well as capacity and reliability. This also looks at how there is more to HDD performance than the traditional focus on Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) as a speed indicator. Comparing Different Enterprise 10K And 15K HDD Generations There is more to HDD ...

Happy Earth Day 2016 Eliminating Digital and Data e-Waste

April 20, 2016 – 1:20 pm
Happy Earth Day 2016 Eliminating Digital and Data e-Waste With Earth Day 2016 on April 22, here are some thoughts about electronic waste (e-waste). For those involved in data management or data infrastructures, the following are five tips to help cut the overhead and resulting impact of digital e-waste and later physical e-waste. Most conversations involving e-waste focus on the physical aspects from disposing of electronics along with later impacts. While physical e-waste is an important topic, lets expand the conversation including other variations of e-waste including digital. By digital e-waste I'm referring to the use of physical items that end up contributing to traditional e-waste. Digital e-waste ranges from the overhead of keeping extra copies of data that result in an expanding data footprint that in turn requires extra physical resources and their impact. Addressing physical e-waste also means keeping digital (not the physical items) including data ...