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 ...

April 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructures Update Newsletter

April 30, 2017 – 2:11 pm

A Story About Stadiums Along With Seismic Activity

April 12, 2017 – 12:22 pm
A Story About Stadiums Along With Seismic Activity I find in my inbox several pitches a day for briefings, products, vendors, services, authors, books, blogs and other things to cover, write about or simply take their pitch and post it as is, or with some editing. Of course, there are also the pitches or should I say, offers for somebody to so kindly craft content to appear on my sites along with offers of $50 to $75 USD (or more) along with a do follow a link that I decline. Note, if any of you are looking for or interested in those types of offers, let me know and will gladly forward them to you. Most of the pitch story ideas are already written as, well, stories vs. what they are looking for, presenting, providing not surprisingly missing the mark. However every now and then I come across something that is worth ...

VMware vSAN 6.6 hyper-converged (HCI) software defined data infrastructure

April 11, 2017 – 10:11 pm
VMware vSAN 6.6 hyper-converged (HCI) software defined data infrastructure In case you missed it, VMware announced vSAN v6.6 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software defined data infrastructure solution. This is the first of a five-part series about VMware vSAN V6.6. Part II (just the speeds feeds please) is located here, part III (reducing cost and complexity) located here, part IV (scaling ROBO and data centers today) found here, as well as part V here (VMware vSAN evolution, where to learn more and summary). Image via VMware For those who are not aware, vSAN is a VMware virtual Storage Area Network (e.g. vSAN) that is software-defined, part of being a software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI) and software-defined data center (SDDC). Besides being software-defined vSAN is HCI combining compute (server), I/O networking, storage (space and I/O) along with hypervisors, management, and other tools. Excuse Me, What is vSAN and who is if for Some might find it odd having to ...

VMware vSAN V6.6 Part II (just the speeds feeds features please)

April 11, 2017 – 10:11 pm
VMware vSAN v6.6 Part II (just the speeds feeds features please) In case you missed it, VMware announced vSAN v6.6 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software defined data infrastructure solution. This is the second of a five-part series about VMware vSAN V6.6. View Part I here, part III (reducing cost and complexity) located here, part IV (scaling ROBO and data centers today) found here, as well as part V here (VMware vSAN evolution, where to learn more and summary). Image via VMware For those who are not aware, vSAN is a VMware virtual Storage Area Network (e.g. vSAN) that is software-defined, part of being a software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI) and software-defined data center (SDDC). Besides being software-defined vSAN is HCI combining compute (server), I/O networking, storage (space and I/O) along with hypervisors, management, and other tools. Just the Speeds and Feeds Please For those who just want to see the list of what’s new with vSAN V6.6, ...

VMware vSAN V6.6 Part III (reducing costs complexity)

April 11, 2017 – 10:10 pm
VMware vSAN V6.6 Part III (Reducing costs complexity) In case you missed it, VMware announced vSAN v6.6 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software defined data infrastructure solution. This is the third of a five-part series about VMware vSAN V6.6. View Part I here, Part II (just the speeds feeds please) is located here, part IV (scaling ROBO and data centers today) found here, as well as part V here (VMware vSAN evolution, where to learn more and summary). Image via VMware For those who are not aware, vSAN is a VMware virtual Storage Area Network (e.g. vSAN) that is software-defined, part of being a software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI) and software-defined data center (SDDC). Besides being software-defined vSAN is HCI combining compute (server), I/O networking, storage (space and I/O) along with hypervisors, management, and other tools. Reducing cost and complexity Reducing your total cost of ownership (TCO) including lower capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating (OPEX). VMware is claiming ...

VMware vSAN V6.6 Part IV (HCI scaling ROBO and data centers today)

April 11, 2017 – 10:10 pm
VMware vSAN V6.6 Part IV (HCI scaling ROBO and data centers today) In case you missed it, VMware announced vSAN v6.6 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software defined data infrastructure solution. This is the fourth of a five-part series about VMware vSAN V6.6. View Part I here, Part II (just the speeds feeds please) is located here, part III (reducing cost and complexity) located here, as well as part V here (VMware vSAN evolution, where to learn more and summary). Image via VMware For those who are not aware, vSAN is a VMware virtual Storage Area Network (e.g. vSAN) that is software-defined, part of being a software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI) and software-defined data center (SDDC). Besides being software-defined vSAN is HCI combining compute (server), I/O networking, storage (space and I/O) along with hypervisors, management, and other tools. Scaling HCI for ROBO and data centers today and for tomorrow Scaling with stability for today and tomorrow. This includes ...

VMware vSAN V6.6 Part V (vSAN evolution and summary)

April 11, 2017 – 10:09 pm
VMware vSAN V6.6 Part V (vSAN evolution and summary) In case you missed it, VMware announced vSAN v6.6 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software defined data infrastructure solution. This is the fifth of a five-part series about VMware vSAN V6.6. View Part I here, Part II (just the speeds feeds please) is located here, part III (reducing cost and complexity) found here, part IV (scaling ROBO and data centers today) located here. Image via VMware For those who are not aware, vSAN is a VMware virtual Storage Area Network (e.g. vSAN) that is software-defined, part of being a software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI) and software-defined data center (SDDC). Besides being software-defined vSAN is HCI combining compute (server), I/O networking, storage (space and I/O) along with hypervisors, management, and other tools. How has vSAN (formerly referred to as VSAN) Evolved A quick recap of the VMware vSAN progression which first appeared as part of vSphere 5.5. (e.g. vSAN 5.5 ...

Cisco Next Gen 32Gb Fibre Channel NVMe SAN Updates

April 11, 2017 – 10:09 pm
Cisco Next Gen 32Gb Fibre Channel and NVMe SAN Updates Cisco announced today next generation MDS storage area networking (SAN) Fibre Channel (FC) switches with 32Gb, along with NVMe over FC support. Cisco Fibre Channel (FC) Directors (Left) and Switches (Right) Highlights of the Cisco announcement include: MDS 9700 48 port 32Gbps FC switching module High density 768 port 32Gbps FC directors NVMe over FC for attaching fast flash SSD devices (current MDS 9700, 9396S, 9250i and 9148S) Integrated analytics engine for management insight awareness Multiple concurrent protocols including NVMe, SCSI (e.g. SCSI_FCP aka FCP) and FCoE Where to Learn More The following are additional resources to learn more. Cisco Storage Networking landing page More on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) If Answer is NVMe, what are questions? Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6 Is FCoE Struggling to Gain Traction, or on a normal adoption course? The NVMe place (www.thenvmeplace.com.) ...

March 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

March 29, 2017 – 9:31 am
Volume 17, Issue III Hello and welcome to the March 2017 issue of the Server StorageIO update newsletter. First a reminder world backup (and recovery) day is on March 31. Following up from the February Server StorageIO update newsletter that had a focus on data protection this edition includes some additional posts, articles, tips and commentary below. Other data infrastructure (and tradecraft) topics in this edition include cloud, virtual, server, storage and I/O including NVMe as well as networks. Industry trends include new technology and services announcements, cloud services, HPE buying Nimble among other activity. Check out the Converged Infrastructure (CI), Hyper-Converged (HCI) and Cluster in Box (or Cloud in Box) coverage including a recent SNIA webinar I was invited to be the guest presenter for, along with companion post below. In This Issue Server StorageIO News Commentary Trade craft Articles, Tips & Tricks Topics Server StorageIOblog posts Various Events and Webinars IT Industry ...

Preparing For World Backup Day 2017 Are You Prepared

March 27, 2017 – 2:10 pm
Preparing For World Backup Day 2017 Are You Prepared In case you have forgotten, or were not aware, this coming Friday March 31 is World Backup (and recovery day). The annual day is a to remember to make sure you are protecting your applications, data, information, configuration settings as well as data infrastructures. While the emphasis is on Backup, that also means recovery as well as testing to make sure everything is working properly. What the Vendors Have To Say Today I received the following from Kylle over at TOUCHDOWNPR on behalf of their clients providing their perspectives on what World Backup Day means, or how to be prepared. Keep in mind these are not Server StorageIO clients (granted some have been in the past, or I know them, that is a disclosure btw), and this is in no way an endorsement of what they are saying, or advocating. Instead, this is simply ...

Backup, Big data, Big Data Protection, CMG & More with Tom Becchetti Podcast

March 26, 2017 – 6:38 pm
In this Server StorageIO podcast episode, I am joined by Tom Becchetti (@tbecchetti) for a Friday afternoon conversation recorded live at Meisters in Scandia Minnesota (thanks to the Meisters crew!). For those of you who may not know Tom, he has been in the IT, data center, data infrastructure, server and storage (as well as data protection) industry for many years (ok decades) as a customer and vendor in various roles. Not surprising our data infrastructure discussion involves server, software, storage, big data, backup, data protection, big data protection, CMG (Computer Measurement Group @mspcmg), copy data management, cloud, containers, fundamental tradecraft skills among other related topics. Check out Tom on twitter @tbecchetti and @mspcmg as well as his new website www.storagegodfather.com. Listen to the podcast discussion here (42 minutes) as well as on iTunes. Also available on  Ok, nuff said for now… Cheers Gs Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert (and ...