Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis

July 3, 2017 – 10:18 am
Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis Various images from the stillwater St Croix River area of backyard black bear aka yogis. If you are wondering what yogi and black bears have to do with server storage I/O networking, data infrastructure or other technology, well, it is not directly related, at least yet ;)... Some Backyard Black Bear Yogi Images First we see a short video of Mamma Bear and her cubs Via KarenofArcola.com Next we see a series of still black and white images of a single Yogi black bear. In the first image Yogi is a foot or two from the camera. In the others Yogi is a meter or two from the camera. Yogi0 Some more black bear yogi images.. Yogi1 Another Yogi (black bear). Yogi3 Enjoy the Stillwater St Croix Backyard Black Bear aka Yogis. Ok, nuff said, for now. Cheers Gs Greg Schulz - Multi-year Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert (and vSAN). Author of Software Defined ...

June 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructures Update Newsletter

June 30, 2017 – 1:59 pm

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Resources Are You Ready?

June 20, 2017 – 11:19 am
Updated 6/29/17

Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano Life cycle Updates

June 15, 2017 – 2:39 pm
Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano and life cycle Updates For those of you who have an interest in Microsoft Windows Server on-premise, on Azure, on Hyper-V or Nano life cycle here are some recently announced updates. Microsoft has announced updates to Windows Server Core and Nano along with semi-annual channel updates (read more here). The synopsis of this new update via Microsoft (read more here) is: In this new model, Windows Server releases are identified by the year and month of release: for example, in 2017, a release in the 9th month (September) would be identified as version 1709. Windows Server will release semi-annually in fall and spring. Another release in March 2018 would be version 1803. The support lifecycle for each release is 18 months. Microsoft has announced that its lightweight variant of WIndows Server 2016 (if you need a refresh on server ...

AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I)

June 14, 2017 – 6:48 pm
AWS S3 Storage Gateway Revisited (Part I) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at what AWS Storage Gateway is, how it has improved since my last review of AWS Storage Gateway along with deployment options. The second post in the series looks at a sample test drive deployment and use. If you need an AWS primer and overview of various services such as Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Elastic File Service (EFS), Simple Storage Service (S3), Availability Zones (AZ), Regions and other items check this multi-part series (Cloud conversations: AWS EBS, Glacier and S3 overview (Part I) ). As a quick refresher, S3 is the AWS bulk, high-capacity unstructured and object storage ...

Part II Revisting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment)

June 14, 2017 – 6:48 pm
Part II Revisiting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at what AWS Storage Gateway is, how it has improved since my last review of AWS Storage Gateway along with deployment options. The second post in the series looks at a sample test drive deployment and use. What About Storage Gateway Costs? Costs vary by region, type of storage being used (files stored in S3, Volume Storage, EBS Snapshots, Virtual Tape storage, Virtual Tape storage archive), as well as type of gateway host, along with how access and used. Request pricing varies including data written to AWS storage by gateway (up to maximum of $125.00 per month), snapshot/volume delete, ...

Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open

June 7, 2017 – 2:14 pm
Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open It is that time of the year again when Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) over at vSphere-land holds his annual Top vBlog (e.g. VMware and Virtualization related) voting (vote here until June 30, 2017). The annual Top vBlog event enables fans to vote for their favorite blogs (to get them into the top 10, 25, 50 and 100) as well as rank them for different categories which appear on Eric's vLaunchPad site. This years Top vBlog voting is sponsored by TurboNomic (e.g. formerly known as VMturbo) who if you are not aware of, have some interesting technology for cross-platform (cloud, container, virtualization, hardware, software, services) data infrastructure management software tools. The blogs and sites listed on Eric's site have common theme linkage to Virtualization and in particular tend to be more VMware focused, however some are also hybrid agnostic spanning other technologies, vendors, services and tools. Some examples of ...

May 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructures Update Newsletter

May 29, 2017 – 9:36 pm

GDPR goes into effect May 25 2018 Are You Ready?

May 25, 2017 – 4:23 pm
GDPR goes into effect May 25 2018 Are You Ready? The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) go into effect in a year on May 25 2018 are you ready? Why Become GDPR Aware If your initial response is that you are not in Europe and do not need to be concerned about GDPR you might want to step back and review that thought. While it is possible that some organizations may not be affected by GDPR in Europe directly, there might be indirect considerations. For example, GDPR, while focused on Europe, has ties to other initiatives in place or being planned for elsewhere in the world. Likewise unlike earlier regulatory compliance that tended to focus on specific industries such as healthcare (HIPPA and HITECH) or financial (SARBOX, Dodd/Frank among others), these new regulations can be more far-reaching. GDPR Looking Beyond Compliance Taking ...

Dell EMC World 2017 Day One news announcement summary

May 8, 2017 – 5:04 pm
Dell EMC World 2017 Day One news announcement summary This is the first day of the first combined Dell EMC World 2017 being held in Las Vegas Nevada. Last year’s event in Las Vegas was the end of the EMC World, while this being the first of the combined Dell EMC World events that succeeded its predecessors. What this means is an expanded focus because of the new Dell EMC that has added servers among other items to the event focus. Granted, EMC had been doing servers via its VCE and converged divisions, however with the Dell EMC integration completed as of last fall, the Dell Server group is now part of the Dell EMC organization. The central theme of this Dell EMC world is REALIZE with a focus on four pillars: Digital Transformation (Pivotal focus) of applications IT Transformation (Dell EMC, Virtustream, ...

Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review

May 4, 2017 – 1:33 pm
Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review Perhaps you are aware or use Microsoft Azure, how about Azure Stack? This is part one of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack providing an overview, preview and review. Read part two here that looks at my experiences installing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3). For those who are not aware, Azure Stack is a private on-premise extension of the Azure public cloud environment. Azure Stack now in technical preview three (e.g. TP3), or what you might also refer to as a beta (get the bits here). In addition to being available via download as a preview, Microsoft is also working with vendors such as Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo and others who have announced Azure Stack support. Vendors such as Dell EMC have also made proof of concept kits available that you can buy including server with ...

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview Review Part II

May 4, 2017 – 1:33 pm
Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview (Part II) Install Review This is part two of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack with a focus on my experiences installing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) including into a nested VMware vSphere ESXi environment. Read part one here that provides a general overview of Azure Stack. Azure Stack Review and Install Being familiar with Microsoft Azure public cloud having used it for a few years now, I wanted to gain some closer insight, experience, expand my trade craft on Azure Stack by installing TP3. This is similar to what I have done in the past with OpenStack, Hadoop, Ceph, VMware, Hyper-V and many others, some of which I need to get around to writing about sometime. As a refresher from part one of this series, the following is an image via Microsoft showing the Azure Stack TP3 architecture, click ...

Dell EMC Announce Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Solution

May 4, 2017 – 1:33 pm
Dell EMC Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Solution Dell EMC have announced their Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud platform solutions. This announcement builds upon earlier statements of support and intention by Dell EMC to be part of the Microsoft Azure Stack community. For those of you who are not familiar, Azure Stack is an on premise extension of Microsoft Azure public cloud. What this means is that essentially you can have the Microsoft Azure experience (or a subset of it) in your own data center or data infrastructure, enabling cloud experiences and abilities at your own pace, your own way with control. Learn more about Microsoft Azure Stack including my experiences with and installing Technique Preview 3 (TP3) here. What Is Azure Stack Microsoft Azure Stack is an on-premise (e.g. in your own data center) private (or hybrid when connected to Azure) cloud platform. Currently Azure Stack is in Technical Preview 3 (e.g. TP3) ...

Broadcom aka Avago aka LSI announces SAS SATA NVMe Adapters with RAID

May 2, 2017 – 4:50 pm
Broadcom aka Avago aka LSI announces SAS SATA NVMe Adapters with RAID In case you missed it, Broadcom formerly known as Avago who bought the LSI adapter and RAID card business announced shipping new SAS, SATA and NVMe devices. While SAS and SATA are well established continuing to be deployed for both HDD as well as flash SSD, NVMe continues to evolve with a bright future. Likewise, while there is a focus on software-defined storage (SDS), software defined data centers (SDDC) and software defined data infrastructures (SDDI) along with advanced parity RAID including erasure codes, object storage among other technologies, there is still a need for adapter cards including traditional RAID. Keep in mind that while probably not meeting the definition of some software-defined aficionados, the many different variations, permutations along with derivatives of RAID from mirror and replication to basic parity to advanced erasure codes (some based on Reed Solomon aka ...