Cloud Conversations Azure AWS Service Maps via Microsoft

October 18, 2017 – 9:36 am
Cloud Conversations Azure AWS Service Maps via Microsoft Microsoft has created an Azure and Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Map (corresponding services from both providers). Image via Azure.Microsoft.com Note that this is an evolving work in progress from Microsoft and use it as a tool to help position the different services from Azure and AWS. Also note that not all features or services may not be available in different regions, visit Azure and AWS sites to see current availability. As with any comparison they are often dated the day they are posted hence this is a work in progress. If you are looking for another Microsoft created why Azure vs. AWS then check out this here. If you are looking for an AWS vs. Azure, do a simple Google (or Bing) search and watch all the various items appear, some sponsored, some not so sponsored among ...

Amazon Web Service AWS September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates

October 11, 2017 – 12:15 am
Amazon Web Service AWS September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates Amazon Web Service AWS September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrasture Updates September was a busy month pertaining to software defined data infrastructure including cloud and related AWS announcements. One of the announcements included VMware partnering to deliver vSphere, vSAN and NSX data infrastructure components for creating software defined data centers (SDDC) also known as multi cloud, and hybrid cloud leveraging AWS elastic bare metal servers (read more here in a companion post). Unlike traditional partner software defined solutions that relied on AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances, VMware is being deployed using private bare metal AWS elastic servers. What this means is that VMware vSphere (e.g. ESXi) hypervisor, vCenter, software defined storage (vSAN), storage defined network (NSX) and associated vRealize tools are deployed on AWS data infrastructure that can be used for deploying hybrid software defined data centers (e.g. connecting ...

Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates

October 11, 2017 – 12:15 am
Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates Dell EMC VMware September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates September was a busy month including VMworld in Las Vegas that featured many Dell EMC VMware (among other) software defined data infrastructure updates and announcements. A summary of September VMware (and partner) related announcements include: Workspace, security and endpoint solutions Pivotal Container Service (PKS) with Google for Kubernetes serverless container management, DXC partnership for hybrid cloud management Security enablement via AppDefense Data infrastructure platform enhancements (integrated OpenStack, vRealize management tools, vSAN) Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud support along with VMware on AWS Dell EMC data protection for VMware and AWS environments. VMware and AWS via Amazon Web Services VMware and AWS Some of you might recall VMware earlier attempt at public cloud with vCloud Air service (see Server StorageIO lab test drive here) which has ...

Microsoft Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates

October 11, 2017 – 12:14 am
Microsoft Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates Microsoft and Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data infrastructure Updates September was a busy month for data infrastructure topics as well as Microsoft in terms of new and enhanced technologies. Wrapping up September was Microsoft Ignite where Azure, Azure Stack, Windows, O365, AI, IoT, development tools announcements occurred, along with others from earlier in the month. As part of the September announcements, Microsoft released a new version of Windows server (e.g. 1709) that has a focus for enhanced container support. Note that if you have deployed Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and are looking to upgrade to 1709, do your homework as there are some caveats that will cause you to wait for the next release. Note that there had been new storage related enhancements slated for the September update, however those were announced at Ignite to being pushed to the next semi-annual ...

September 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

October 11, 2017 – 12:14 am
Server StorageIO September 2017 Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Getting Caught Up What Happened In September 2017

September 28, 2017 – 10:25 pm
Getting Caught Up, What Happened In September? Seems like just yesterday it was the end of August with the start of VMworld in Las Vegas, now its the end of September and Microsoft Ignite in Orlando is wrapping up. Microsoft has made several announcements this week at Ignite including Azure cloud related, AI, IoT, Windows platforms, O365 among others. More about Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, Windows Server, Hyper-V and related data infrastructure topics in future posts. Like many of you, September is a busy time of the year, so here is a recap of some of what I have been doing for the past month (among other things). VMworld Las Vegas During VMworld US VMware announced enhanced workspace, security and endpoint solutions, Pivotal Container Service (PKS) with Google for Kubernetes serverless container management, DXC partnership for hybrid cloud management, security enablement via its AppDefense solutions, data infrastructure platform enhancements including integrated OpenStack, vRealize ...

August 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

August 27, 2017 – 11:10 am
Server StorageIO August 2017 Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors To Watch

August 26, 2017 – 8:02 pm
Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors To Watch A common question I get asked is who are the hot popular new or trending data infrastructure vendors to watch. Keep in mind that there is a difference between industry adoption and customer deployment, the former being what the industry (e.g. Vendors, resellers, integrators, investors, consultants, analyst, press, media, analysts, bloggers or other influences) like, want and need to talk about. Then there is customer adoption and deployment which is what is being bought, installed and used. Some Popular Trending Vendors To Watch The following is far from an exhaustive list however here are some that come to mind that I'm watching. Apcera – Enterprise class containers and management tools AWS – Rolls our new services like a startup with size momentum of a legacy player Blue Medora – Data Infrastructure insight, software defined management ...

Travel Fun Crossword Puzzle For VMworld 2017 Las Vegas

August 24, 2017 – 1:09 pm
Travel Fun Crossword Puzzle For VMworld 2017 Las Vegas Some of you may be traveling to VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas next week to sharpen, expand, refresh or share your VMware and data infrastructure tradecraft (skills, experiences, expertise, knowledge). Here is something fun to sharpen your VMware skills while traveling. Most of these should be pretty easy meaning that you do not have to be a Unicorn, full of vCertifications, vCredentials or a 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1st time vExpert or top 100 vBlogger. However if you need the answers they are below. Note that you can also click here to get a PDF version that is larger (or click on the image) that also has the answers. For those of you who will be in Las Vegas at VMworld next week, stop by the VMworld Book Store at 1PM on Tuesday (the 29th) where I ...

Announcing Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials Book by Greg Schulz

August 23, 2017 – 12:41 pm
New SDDI Essentials Book by Greg Schulz of Server StorageIO SDDC, Cloud, Converged, and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft Over the past several months I have posted, commenting, presenting and discussing more about Data Infrastructures and my new book (my 4th solo project) officially announced today, Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press). Software Defined Data Infrastructure (SDDI) Essentials is now generally available at various global venues in hardcopy, hardback print as well as various electronic versions including via Amazon and CRC Press among others. For those attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, I will be doing a book signing, meet and greet at 1PM Tuesday August 29 in the VMworld book store, as well as presenting at various other fall industry events. Software Defined Data Infrastructure (SDDI) Announcement (Via Businesswire) Stillwater, Minnesota – August 23, 2017  – Server StorageIO, a leading independent IT industry advisory and consultancy firm, in ...

Chelsio Storage over IP and other Networks Enable Data Infrastructures

August 18, 2017 – 11:33 am
Chelsio Storage over IP Enable Data Infrastructures Chelsio and Storage over IP (SoIP) continue to enable Data Infrastructures from legacy to software defined virtual, container, cloud as well as converged. This past week I had a chance to visit with Chelsio to discuss data infrastructures, server storage I/O networking along with other related topics. More on Chelsio later in this post, however, for now lets take a quick step back and refresh what is SoIP (Storage over IP) along with Storage over Ethernet (among other networks). Various IT and Cloud Infrastructure Layers including Data Infrastructures Server Storage over IP Revisited There are many variations of SoIP from network attached storage (NAS) file based processing including NFS, SAMBA/SMB (aka Windows File sharing) among others. In addition there is various block such as SCSI over IP (e.g. iSCSI), along with object via HTTP/HTTPS, not to mention the buzzword bingo list of RoCE, iSER, iWARP, RDMA, DDPK, ...

Microsoft Azure Software Defined Data Infrastructure Reference Resources

August 17, 2017 – 4:41 pm
Azure Software Defined Data Infrastructure Architecture Resources Need to learn more about Microsoft Azure Cloud Software Defined Data Infrastructure topics including reference architecture among other resources for various application workloads? Microsoft Azure has an architecture and resources page (here) that includes various application workload reference tools. Azure Reference Architectures via Microsoft Azure Examples of some Azure Reference Architecture for various application and workloads include among others: Sharepoint High Availability (HA) Windows Virtual Machines (standalone, availability and other options) Linux Virtual Machines (standalone, availability and other options) Managed Web Applications including Multi Region SAP Deployments For example, need to know how to configure a high availability (HA) Sharepoint deployment with Azure, then check out this reference architecture shown below. Sharepoint HA via Microsoft Azure Where To Learn More Learn more about related technology, trends, tools, techniques, and tips with the following links. Cloud Storage Decision Making and and more here Microsoft ...

Like Data They Protect For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow

August 14, 2017 – 11:59 am
For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow For Now Quantum Revenues Continue To Grow. The other day following their formal announced, I received an summary update from Quantum pertaining to their recent Q1 Results (show later below). Various IT and Cloud Infrastructure Layers including Data Infrastructures Quantums Revenues Continue To Grow Like Data One of the certainties in life is change and the other is continued growth in data that gets transformed into information via IT and other applications. Data Infrastructures fundamental role is to enable an environment for applications and data to be transformed into information and delivered as services. In other words, Data Infrastructures exist to protect, preserve, secure and serve information along with the applications and data they depend on. Quantums role is to provide solutions and technologies for enabling legacy and cloud or other software defined data infrastructures to protect, preserve, secure and serve data. What caught my eye in Quantums ...

Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspectives Report WekaIO Matrix

August 12, 2017 – 10:47 am
Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspectives Report WekaIO Matrix WekaIO is a scale out software defined storage startup vendor whose solution is Matrix. This Server StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective report looks at common issues, trends, and how to address different application server storage I/O challenges. In this report, we look at WekaIO Matrix, an elastic, flexible, highly scalable easy to use (and manage) software defined (e.g. software based) storage solution. WekaIO Matrix enables flexible elastic scaling with stability and without compromise. Matrix is a new scale out software defined storage solution that: Installs on bare metal, virtual or cloud servers Has POSIX, NFS, SMB, and HDFS storage access Adaptable performance for little and big data Tiering of flash SSD and cloud object storage Distributed resilience without compromise Removes complexity of traditional storage Deploys on bare metal, virtual and cloud environments Read more in this (free, no registration required) Server StorageIO Industry ...