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September and October 2016 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

October 31, 2016 – 11:36 am
Volume 16, Issue IX Hello and welcome to this September and October 2016 Server StorageIO update newsletter. In This Issue Commentary in the news Tips and Articles StorageIOblog posts Events and Webinars Industry Activity Trends Resources and Links Connect and Converse With Us About Us Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO update newsletter. Cheers GS ...

Updated Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events

October 17, 2016 – 11:12 am
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events Here is the updated Server StorageIO fall 2016 webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics. December 7, 2016 - Webinar 11AM PT - BrightTalk Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Decision Making Are Converged Infrastructures (CI), Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCI), Cluster in Box or Cloud in Box (CiB) solutions for you? The answer is it depends on what your needs, requirements, application among other criteria are. In addition are you focused on a particular technology solution or architecture approach, or, looking for something that adapts to your needs? Join us in this discussion exploring your options for different scenarios as we look beyond they hype including to next wave of hyper-scale converged along with applicable decision-making criteria. Topics include: - Data Infrastructures exist to support applications and their underlying resource needs ...

Gaining Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016

October 13, 2016 – 1:48 pm
Server Storage I/O Insight into Microsoft Windows Server 2016 In case you had not heard, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA, also known as Release To Manufacturing (RTM) ) of the newest version of its Windows server operating system aka Windows Server 2016 along with System Center 2016. Note that as well as being released to traditional manufacturing distribution mediums as well as MSDN, the Windows Server 2016 bits are also available on Azure. Windows Server 2016 Welcome Screen - Source Server StorageIOlab.com For some this might be new news, or a refresh of what Microsoft announced a few weeks ago (e.g. the formal announcement). Likewise, some of you may not be aware that Microsoft is celebrating WIndows Server 20th Birthday (read more here). Yet for others who have participated in the public beta aka public technical previews (TP) over the past year or two or simply after the information coming out of ...

The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making

October 11, 2016 – 9:48 pm
The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making Join me and Virtual Instruments CTO John Gentry on October 27, 2016 for a free webinar (registration required) titled The Value of Infrastructure Insight – Enabling Informed Decision Making with Virtual Instruments. In this webinar, John and me will discuss the value of data center infrastructure insight both as a technology as well as a business and IT imperative. Various Infrastructures - Business, Information, Data and Physical (or cloud) Leveraging infrastructure performance analytics is key to assuring the performance, availability and cost-effectiveness of your infrastructure, especially as you transform to a hybrid data center over the coming years. By utilizing real-time and historical infrastructure insight from your servers, storage and networking, you can avoid flying blind and give situational awareness for proactive decision-making. The result is faster problem resolution, problem avoidance, higher utilization and the elimination of performance slowdowns and outages. View the ...

EMC is now Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies and other server storage Updates

October 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm
EMC is now Dell EMC and other server storage Updates In case you missed it or did not hear, EMC is now Dell EMC and is future ready (one of their new tag lines). What this means is that EMC is no longer a publicly traded company instead now being privately held under the Dell Technologies umbrella. In case you did not know or had forgotten, one of the principal owners of Dell Technologies is Michael Dell aka the founder of Dell Computers which itself went private a few years ago. The Dell Server division which sells direct as well as via channels and OEMs is now part of the Dell EMC division (e.g. they sell Servers, Storage, I/O and Networking hardware, software and services). Dell EMC Storage Portfolio - Via emc.com Other related news and activities include: Dell EMC sells Content Division (e.g. Documentum (bought in 2003), InfoArchive and LEAP) to OpenText ...

Back To Software Defined Data Infrastructure School, Webinar and Fall 2016 events

September 11, 2016 – 8:27 pm
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Webinars and Fall 2016 events Its September and that means back to school time, and not just for the kids. Here is the preliminary Server StorageIO fall 2016 back to school, webinar and event activities covering software defined data center, data infrastructure, virtual, cloud, containers, converged, hyper-converged server, storage, I/O network, performance and data protection among other topics. December 7, 2016 - Webinar 11AM PT - BrightTalk Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Decision Making Are Converged Infrastructures (CI), Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCI), Cluster in Box or Cloud in Box (CiB) solutions for you? The answer is it depends on what your needs, requirements, application among other criteria are. In addition are you focused on a particular technology solution or architecture approach, or, looking for something that adapts to your needs? Join us in this discussion exploring your options for different scenarios as we look beyond they hype including to next wave of hyper-scale converged ...

Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud, 9/11 2001 Never Forget

September 11, 2016 – 9:56 am
Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud, 9/11 2001 Never Forget Like an Eagle Standing Tall and Proud On this 15th anniversary of the September 11 (e.g. 9/11), 2001 terror attacks on the United States, instead of a lot of words, photos, videos, links and other items, standing tall and proud, never forget, always remember that fateful day (along with December 7, 1941) among others. My wife took the following photo (the flag was added later) of two adult bald eagles next to our backyard on a windy evening a few weeks ago. Something about the photo caught my eye, perhaps its the focus and look of the eagles or how they are standing tall together having each others backs. A picture is worth a hundred or thousands of words, photos, videos or links What This All Means Never forget, always remember, like the bald eagles in the photo united standing tall and proud. Ok, nuff said, ...

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 ...