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May and June 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

June 28, 2015 – 7:17 pm
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EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped?

June 28, 2015 – 7:16 pm
EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped? Back in early May I was invited by EMC to attend EMCworld 2015 which included both the public sessions, as well as several NDA based discussions. Keep in mind that there is the known, there is the unknown (or assumed or speculated) and in between there are NDA's, nuff said on that. EMC covered my hotel and registration costs to attend the event in Las Vegas (thanks EMC, that's a disclosure btw ;) and here is a synopsis of various EMCworld 2015 announcements. What EMC announced VMAX3 enhancements to the EMC enterprise flagship storage platform to keep it relevant for traditional legacy workloads as well as for in a converged, scale-out, cloud, virtual and software defined environment. VNX 3200 entry-level All Flash Array (AFA) flash SSD system starting at $25,000 USD for a 3TB unified platform with full data services ...

VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos

May 26, 2015 – 7:47 pm
VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos Recently I was invited by VMware vCloud Air to do a free hands-on test drive of their actual production environment. Some of you may already being using VMware vSphere, vRealize and other software defined data center (SDDC) aka Virtual Server Infrastructure (VSI) or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools among others. Likewise some of you may already be using one of the many cloud compute or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Centurylink, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace or Virtustream (being bought by EMC) among many others. VMware vCloud Air provides a platform similar to those just mentioned among others for your applications and their underlying resource needs (compute, memory, storage, networking) to be fulfilled. In addition, it should not be a surprise that VMware vCloud Air shares many common themes, ...

Modernizing Data Protection = Using new and old things in new ways

May 11, 2015 – 10:48 am
Modernizing Data Protection = Using new and old things in new ways This is part of an ongoing series of posts that part of www.dataprotectiondiaries.com on data protection including archiving, backup/restore, business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BC), data footprint reduction (DFR), disaster recovery (DR), High Availability (HA) along with related themes, tools, technologies, techniques, trends and strategies. Keep in mind that a fundamental goal of an Information Technology (IT) organization is to protect, preserve and serve data and information in a cost-effective as well as productive way when needed. There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated and processed. In addition to more of it, data is also getting larger, having more dependencies on it being available as well as living longer (e.g. retention). Proof Points, No Data or Information Recession A quick easy proof point of more data and it getting larger is your cell ...

April 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

April 30, 2015 – 3:58 pm
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Data Protection Gumbo = Protect Preserve and Serve Information

April 13, 2015 – 12:02 pm
Data Protection Gumbo = Protect Preserve and Serve Information Recently I was invited to be a guest on the podcast Data Protection Gumbo hosted by Demetrius Malbrough (@dmalbrough). Data Protection Gumbo Podcast Description Data Protection Gumbo is set up with the aim of expanding the awareness of anyone responsible for protecting mission critical data, by providing them with a mix of the latest news, data protection technologies, and interesting facts on topics in the Data Backup and Recovery industry. Data Protection Gumbo Also available on Protect Preserve and Serve Applications, Information and Data Keep in mind that a fundamental ...

S3motion Buckets Containers Objects AWS S3 Cloud and EMCcode

April 12, 2015 – 1:24 pm
S3motion Buckets Containers Objects AWS S3 Cloud and EMCcode It's springtime in Kentucky and recently I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Kendrick Coleman to talk about S3motion, Buckets, Containers, Objects, AWS S3, Cloud and Object Storage, node.js, EMCcode and open source among other related topics which are available in a podcast here, or video here and available at StorageIO.tv. In this Server StorageIO industry trends perspective podcast episode, @EMCcode (Part of EMC) developer advocate Kendrick Coleman (@KendrickColeman) joins me for a conversation. Our conversation spans spring-time in Kentucky (where Kendrick lives) which means Bourbon and horse racing as well as his blog (www.kendrickcoleman.com). Btw, in the podcast I refer to Captain Obvious and Kendrick's beard, for those not familiar with who or what @Captainobvious is that is made reference to, click here to learn more. @Kendrickcoleman & @Captainobvious What about Clouds Object Storage Programming and other technical stuff? Of course ...

Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look

April 9, 2015 – 8:28 pm
Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced (preview) new Elastic File System (EFS) providing Network File System (NFS) NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities for AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. EFS AWS compliments other AWS storage offerings including Simple Storage Service (S3) along with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Glacier and Relational Data Services (RDS) among others. Ok, that's a lot of buzzwords and acronyms so lets break this down a bit. AWS EFS and Cloud Storage, Beyond Buzzword Bingo EC2 - Instances exist in various Availability Zones (AZ's) in different AWS Regions. Compute instance with various operating systems including Windows and Ubuntu among others that also can be pre-configured with applications such as SQL Server or web services among others. EC2 instances vary from low-cost to high-performance compute, memory, GPU, storage or general purposed optimized. For example, some EC2 ...

March 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

March 29, 2015 – 8:17 pm
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Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements

March 25, 2015 – 10:01 pm
Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently among other enhancements announced new Simple Storage Service (S3) cross-region replication of objects from a bucket (e.g. container) in one region to a bucket in another region. AWS also recently enhanced Elastic Block Storage (EBS) increasing maximum performance and size of Provisioned IOPS (SSD) and General Purpose (SSD) volumes. EBS enhancements included ability to store up to 16 TBytes of data in a single volume and do 20,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). Read more about EBS and other recent AWS server, storage I/O and application enhancements here. The Problem, Issue, Challenge, Opportunity and Need The challenge is being able to move data (e.g. objects) stored in AWS buckets in one region to another in a safe, secure, timely, automated, cost-effective way. Even though AWS has a global name-space, buckets and their objects (e.g. files, data, ...

Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015?

March 20, 2015 – 12:43 pm
Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015? This is part of an ongoing data protection diaries series of post about, well, data protection and what I'm doing pertaining to World Backup Day 2015. In case you forgot or did not know, World Backup Day is March 31 2015 (@worldbackupday) so now is a good time to be ready. The only challenge that I have with the World Backup Day (view their site here) that has gone on for a few years know is that it is a good way to call out the importance of backing up or protecting data. However its time to also put more emphasis and focus on being able to make sure those backups or protection copies actually work. By this I mean doing more than making sure that your data can be read from tape, disk, SSD or cloud service actually going ...

Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB

March 19, 2015 – 11:24 pm
Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB When using benchmark or workload generation tools such as HammerDB I needed a way to capture and log performance activity metrics such as transactions per minute. For example using HammerDB to simulate an application making database requests performing various transactions as part of testing an overall system solution including server and storage I/O activity. This post takes a look at the problem or challenge I was looking to address, as well as creating a solution after spending time searching for one (still searching btw). The Problem, Issue, Challenge, Opportunity and Need The challenge is to collect application performance such as transactions per minute from a workload using a database. The workload or benchmark tool (in this case HammerDB) is the System Test Initiator (STI) that drives the activity (e.g. database requests) to a System Under Test (SUT). In this example the SUT is a ...

Cloud conversations: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits

March 18, 2015 – 2:18 pm
Cloud conversations: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits Drew Robb (@robbdrew) has a good piece (e.g. article) over at InfoStor titled Eight Ways to Avoid Cloud Storage Pricing Surprises that you can read here. Drew start's his piece out with this nice analogy or story: Let’s begin with a cautionary tale about pricing: a friend hired a moving company as they quoted a very attractive price for a complex move. They lured her in with a low-ball price then added more and more “extras” to the point where their price ended up higher than many of the other bids she passed up. And to make matters worse, they are already two weeks late with delivery of the furniture and are saying it might take another two weeks. Drew extends his example in his piece to compare how some cloud providers ...

Top vblog voting V2.015 (Its IT award season, cast your votes)

March 7, 2015 – 11:58 am
Top vblog voting V2.015 (Its IT award season, cast your votes) It's that time of the year again for award season: The motion picture association Academy awards (e.g. the Oscars) The Grammys and other entertainment awards As well as Eric Siebert (aka @ericsiebert) vsphere-land.com top vblog Vsphere-land.com top vblog Eric has run for several years now an annual top VMware, Virtualization, Storage and related blogs voting now taking place until March 16th 2015 (click on the image below). You will find a nice mix of new school, old school and a few current or future school theme blogs represented with some being more VMware specific. However there are also many blogs at the vpad site that have a cloud, virtual, server, storage, networking, software defined, development and other related themes. Click on the above image to cast your vote for favorite: Ten blogs (e.g. select up to ten and then rank 1 through 10) Storage blog Scripting blog VDI blog New Blogger Independent ...