Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

March 31, 2014 – 9:37 pm
Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is a review that looks at my recent hands on experiences in using a TS140 (Model MT-M 70A4 - 001RUS) pedestal (aka tower) server that the Lenovo folks sent to me to use for a month or so. The TS140 is one of the servers that Lenovo had prior to its acquisition of IBM x86 server business that you can read about here. The Lenovo TS140 Experience Lets start with the overall experience which was very easy and good. This includes going from initial answering some questions to get the process moving, agreeing to keep the equipment safe, secure, insured as well as not damaging anything (this was not a tear down and rip it apart into pieces trial). Part of the process also involved answering some configuration related questions and shortly there after a large box from Lenovo arrived. Turns out ...

Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review

March 31, 2014 – 9:36 pm
Part II: Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is the second of a two part post series on my recent experiences with a Lenovo TS140 server, you can read part I here. What Did I do with the TS140 After initial check out in an office type environment, I moved the TS140 into the lab area where it joined other servers to be used for various things. Some of those activities included using the Windows Server 2012 Essentials along with associated admin activities. In addition I also installed VMware ESXi 5.5 and ran into a few surprises. One of those was that I needed to apply an update to VMware drivers to support the onboard Intel NIC, as well as enable VT and EP modes for virtualization assist via the BIOS. The biggest surprise was that I discovered I could not install VMware onto an internal drive attached via one ...

Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

March 30, 2014 – 8:29 pm
Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations Now and then somebody asks me if I'm familiar with flash or nand flash Solid State Devices (SSD) technologies and trends. Having been involved with various types of SSD technology, products and solutions since the late 80s initially as a customer in IT (including as a lunch customer for DEC's ESE20 SSD's), then later as a vendor selling SSD solutions, as well as an analyst and advisory consultant cover the technologies, I tell the person asking, well, yes, of course. That gave me the idea as well as to help me keep track of some of the content and make it easy to find by putting it here in this post (which will be updated now and then). Thus this is a collection of articles, tips, posts, presentations, blog posts and other content on SSD including nand flash drives, PCIe cards, DIMMs, hybrid and other ...

Data Protection Diaries: March 31 World Backup Day is Restore Data Test Time

March 29, 2014 – 10:53 am
World Backup Day Generating Awareness About Data Protection This World Backup Day piece is part of my ongoing Data Protection Diaries series of posts (www.dataprotecitondiaries.com) about trends, strategies, tools and best practices spanning applications, archiving, backup/restore, business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR), cloud, data footprint reduction (DFR), security, servers, storage and virtualization among other related topic themes. Different threat risks and reasons to protect your digital assets (data) March 31 is World Backup Day which means you should make sure that your data and digital assets (photos, videos, music or audio, scanned items) along with other digital documents are protected. Keep in mind that various reasons for protecting, preserving and serving your data regardless of if you are a consumer with needs to protect your home and personal information, or a large business, institution or government agency. Why World Backup Day and Data Protection Focus By being protected ...

Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast

March 27, 2014 – 8:56 pm
Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast In this episode from the Computex Rethink your Datacenter for 2017 planning and strategy event I am joined by Matt Vogt (@MattVogt). Introducing Matt Vogt Matt is a Principal Architect with Computex Technology Solutions as well as certified VMware specialist and fellow vExpert. Not only is this the first appearance by Matt on the StorageIO Podcasts, it is also his first time as a guest on any podcast so I'm honored to host his global debut podcast appearance here. We talk about the role of automation for performance and capacity optimization along with how VMware vCOPs plays an important role. Listen in to learn more about how to gain insight and situational awareness to make informed decisions for your data infrastructure environment with Matt. Check out Matt's blog here at blog.mattvogt.net and listen in to the pod cast here. Also available via  ...

March 2014 StorageIO Update Newsletter : Cisco Cloud, VMware VSAN and More

March 25, 2014 – 3:49 pm
Industry Trends Perspectives: Cisco Cloud and VMware VSAN Welcome to the March 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. Technically it is now spring here in North America and to say that we have had abnormal cold weather would be an understatement. However it is March with April just around the corner meaning plenty to do including several upcoming events (see below). Clouds and Cisco Some recent industry activity has included Cisco announcing ...

Missing MH370 should remind us, do you know where your digital assets are?

March 24, 2014 – 4:09 pm
Missing MH370 should remind us, do you know where your digital assets are? I recently did a piece over at InformationSecurityBuzz called Dark Territories, Do You Know Where Your Information Is? In that piece (click here), I bring up the topic of dark territories which with the recent missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 (e.g. MH370) reminds us that even with today's 24x7 Internet of Things (IoT) connected world, there are still dark spot areas lacking in coverage or monitoring. Some of you might have heard of dark territories as a term used in days of old that refereed to parts of railroads or other transportation that were out of site with no command, control, monitoring or communications. Perhaps something that the tragedy of MH370 will remind us all is just how big this planet is, and not everything is connected or covered or monitored yet, or, at ...

iVMcontrol iPhone VMware management, iTool or iToy?

March 16, 2014 – 2:42 pm
iVMcontrol iPhone VMware management, iTool or iToy? A few months back I was looking for a simple easy to use yet robust tool for accessing and managing my VMware environment from my iPhone. The reason being is that I don't always like to carry a laptop or tablet around, not to mention neither fits in a pocket very well. Needless to say there are many options for accessing VMware products and implementations that run on tablets including iPads as well as laptops among others. Why do I need iVMcontrol I wanted something that I could quickly access and check on a VM guest, start or stop things, gain status updates if or when needed from my iPhone. Also keeping in mind that this would be a tool that would not be used constantly throughout the day, maybe at best one or twice a week, hence needed to be affordable as well. ...

Spring 2014 StorageIO Events and Activities Update

March 12, 2014 – 7:33 pm
Cloud Virtual Server Storage I/O and Networking events Speaking of Old School, New School, Current and Future School, here are some upcoming events including live in-person as well as virtual or online StorageIO activities. The following calendar also includes a series of one-day workshop sessions that are part of a week of seminars to be held in Nijkerk Netherlands being Organized by Brouwer Storage Consultancy (learn more here). The current calendar which continues to be updated includes a mix of webinars (playback are available), and live events covering data infrastructure topics from cloud, virtual, physical and software defined across servers, storage I/O networking, SSD, performance, object storage and data protection among other related themes. June 19, 2014 ...

USENIX FAST (File and Storage Technologies) 2014 Conference Proceedings

March 2, 2014 – 6:17 pm
USENIX FAST (File and Storage Technologies) 2014 Conference Proceedings In case you missed it, the 12th annual USENIX conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST) was recently held in Santa Clara, CA. Big Data, Little Data, Fast SSD and Erasure Code Data If like me you are interested in FAST related technologies, trends, tools and related research, check out the conference PDF proceedings here. You can also go here to the USENIX FAST site to view additional information about the sessions along with other download material. The PDF format proceedings contain over 320 pages of content including some good white papers and information covering RAID and Erasure code, Big Data and Little Data, Cloud and Virtualization, Flash, DRAM, SSD, Filesystem performance, metrics, measurement and related software along with plenty of file system related material. Heads up though, these are not your usual vendor high-level marketing white papers rather what ...

Its Award Season: Time for 2014 top VMware and virtualization blog voting

February 28, 2014 – 6:50 pm
Its Award Season: Time for 2014 top VMware and virtualization blog voting It's that time of the year again for award season including with the recently wrapped up 2014 Winter Olympic (and benchmarking games), the academy awards and many others. That also means it is time again for the annual top VMware, Virtualization, Storage and related blogs voting now taking place until March 17th over at Eric Siebert (aka @ericsiebert) vsphere-land.com site that then appears on his vLaunchPad site. There is plenty of new school, as well as some old school and a few current or future school theme blogs represented with some being more VMware specific while others are cloud, virtual, server, storage, networking, development or other related themes. Click on the above image to cast your vote My StorageIOblog.com has been on the vLaunchPad site for a few years now as well as having syndicated content that also appears via some ...

Old School, New School, Current and Back to School (With Poll)

February 27, 2014 – 6:42 pm
Old School, New School, Current and Back to School Are you old school or new school? If you are new school or old school, then will you be stuck on those school's of thought or advanced to the current and future schools? Old School From the old school folks you will hear things along the lines of that is how we do or did it. Also you might hear things along the lines of lets use what we have as long as we can make it work to fix problems while learning from mistakes. Also from old school you may here things like new school is only focused on the newest latest greatest shiny technology. Not to mention themes such as we have to stick around and clean up and take care of the mess left when new schoolers move to their next focus. New School On the ...

February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

February 13, 2014 – 1:34 pm
Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. Its winter here in North America and specifically in the Stillwater Minnesota to say that there is plenty of snow and cold would be an understatement. However in a few months instead of dealing with -20F or -40F wind chills, it will be 100F head index, thus the saying of if you don't like the weather, either leave or wait ...

Server Storage I/O Network Benchmark Winter Olympic Games

February 6, 2014 – 8:30 pm
Server Storage I/O Network Benchmark Winter Olympic Games It is time for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi Russia where competitors including some athletes come together in what has become a mix of sporting and entertainment engaging activities. Games of inches and seconds, performance and skill Some of these activities including real Olympic game events are heavier on sports appeal, some with artistic and others pure entertainment with a mix of beauty, braun and maybe even a beast or two. Then there are those events that have been around since the last ice age, while others being post global warming era. Hence some have been around longer than others showing a mix of old, new in terms of the sports, athletes not to mention technology and their outfits. I mean how about some of the new snow boarding and things on skis being done, can you ...