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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 ...

vSphere Software Defined Beta, Something for free from VMware

April 15, 2016 – 1:43 pm
vSphere Beta, Something free from VMware (other than your time) Something free from VMware (other than time) VMware is looking for candidate beta test sites and environments for an upcoming vSphere release. Target audience or environments are those who have deployed vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 in your environment and looking to test the new software (e.g. bits). What VMware is looking for For this private community vSphere beta, VMware is looking for participants with expectations including: Online acceptance of the Master Software Beta Test Agreement will be required prior to visiting the Private Beta Community Install beta software within 3 days of receiving access to the beta product Provide feedback within the first 4 weeks of the beta program Submit Support Requests for bugs, issues and feature requests Complete surveys and beta test assignments Participate in the private beta discussion forum and conference calls How to get involved and test the bits? To get involved (and get the bits), simply fill ...

Cloud Constellation SpaceBelt – Out Of This World Cloud Data Centers?

April 1, 2016 – 11:02 am
Cloud Constellation SpaceBelt - Out Of This World Cloud Data Centers? A new startup called Cloud Constellation (aka SpaceBelt) has announced and proposes converge space terrestrial satellite technology with IT information and cloud related data infrastructure technologies including NVM (e.g. SSD) and storage class memory (SCM). While announcing their Series A funding and proposed value proposition (below), Cloud Constellation did not say how much funding, who the investors are, or management team leading to some, well, rather cloud information. Cloud Constellation's SpaceBelt transforms cybersecurity for enterprise and government operations moving high-value data around the world by: insulating it completely from the Internet and terrestrial leased lines liberating it from cyberattacks and surreptitious activities protecting it from natural disasters and force majeure ...

Server StorageIO March 2016 Update Newsletter

March 28, 2016 – 1:21 pm