Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure and Related Links (Others)

February 22, 2017 – 6:34 pm
IT Data Center and Data Infrastructure Industry Links Page (Others) Following are some useful industry links to cloud, virtual and traditional IT data infrastructure related web sites. The data infrastructure environment (servers, storage, IO and networking, hardware, software, services, virtual, container and cloud) is rapidly changing. You may encounter a missing URL, or a URL that has changed. This list is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes (additions, changes, and retirement). Disclaimer and note: URL's submitted for inclusion on this site will be reviewed for consideration and to be in generally accepted good taste in regards to the theme of this site. Best effort has been made to validate and verify the URLs that appear on this page and web site however they are subject to change. The author and/or maintainer(s) of this page and web site make no endorsement to and assume no responsibility for the URLs and their content ...

Six plus data center software defined management dashboards

February 21, 2017 – 3:03 pm
Software defined data infrastructure management insight tools Recently I found in my inbox a link to a piece 6 Dashboards for Managing Every Modern Data Center that caught my attention. I was hoping to see who the six different datacenter technologies, dashboard solutions tools were instead of finding list of dashboard considerations for modern data centers and data infrastructures. Turns out the piece was nothing more than a list of six items featured as part of the vendors (Sunbird) piece about what to look for in a dashboard (e.g. their product). Sure there were some of the usual key performance indicator (KPI) associated with or related to IT Service Management (ITSM), Data Center Infrastructure (Insight/Information) Management (DCIM), Configuration and Change management databases (CMDB), availability, capacity and Performance Management Databases (PMDB) among others. Space Inventory Connectivity Change Environment Power Dashboard ...

Did you want a side of SLBS (server less BS) with your software or hardware FUD?

February 19, 2017 – 2:42 pm
Did you want a side of SLBS with your software or hardware FUD? Did you want a side of SLBS (serverless BS) with your software or hardware FUD? A few years ago a popular industry buzzword term theme included server less and hardware less. It turns out, serverless BS (SLBS) and hardware less are still trendy, and while some might view the cloud or software-defined data center (SDDC) virtualization, or IoT folks as the culprits, it is more widespread with plenty of bandwagon riders. SLBS can span from IoT to mobile, VDI and workspace clients (zero or similar), workstations, server, storage, networks. To me what’s ironic is that many purveyors of of SLBS also like to talk about hardware. Whats the issue with SLBS? Simple, on the one hand, there is no such thing as software that does not need hardware somewhere in the stack. Second, many purveyors ...

Some popular viewed storageioblog posts during 2016

February 11, 2017 – 1:42 pm
Some popular viewed storageioblog posts during 2016 The following are some of the more popular viewed posts from StorageIOblog.com during 2016. Big Files and Lots of Little File Processing and Benchmarking with Vdbench - Need to test, validate, compare, contrast or simply apply workload to file systems, NAS or other file-based access? Want the flexibility and simplicity to software define your benchmark workload to meet various needs? For example, millions of small files or thousands of large 5GB, 10GB, 15GB (or larger) files with various read, write size and access patterns spanning a single directory, or many with various depths? Do you want the flexibility for different platforms including Windows, *NIX, bare metal, container, virtual or cloud without a bulk tool using simple scripts that produce lots of insightful results? Then you will want to check this post out. Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350 ...

Congratulations and welcome to all new and returning fellow vExperts for 2017

February 11, 2017 – 1:41 pm
Congratulations and welcome new and returning fellow 2017 vExperts The other day VMware announced the 2017 list of vExperts which you can view here. Congratulations and welcome to all new and returning fellow vExperts for 2017. In its ninth year, it is an honor to now have been named a vExpert for eight consecutive years. Where To Learn More Learn more about and view the list of 2017 VMware vExperts here. What this all means and wrapping up Thank you VMware and all of those involved with the vExpert process, as well as congratulations and best wishes to all new and returning vExperts. I'm Looking forward to being involved and participating in the VMware vExpert community for yet another year. Ok, nuff said, for now. Cheers gs Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, vSAN and VMware vExpert. Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green ...

What Does Converged (CI) and Hyperconverged (HCI) Mean to Storage I/O?

February 4, 2017 – 6:11 pm
What Does CI and HCI Mean to Storage I/O? Converged Infrastructure (CI), Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) along with Cluster or Cloud In Box (CIB) are popular trend topics that have gained both industry and customer adoption as part of data infrastructures. Data Infrastructures exists to support business, cloud and information technology (IT) among other applications that transform data into information or services. The fundamental role of legacy and software defined data infrastructures (SDDI) is to provide a platform environment for applications and data that is resilient, flexible, scalable, agile, efficient as well as cost-effective. Business, IT Information, Data and other Infrastructures Put another way, data infrastructures exist to protect, preserve, process, move, secure and serve data as well as their applications for information services delivery. Technologies that make up data infrastructures include hardware, software, cloud or managed services, servers, storage, I/O and networking along with people, processes, policies ...

If Answer is NVMe, what are questions?

February 4, 2017 – 3:26 pm
If the Answer is NVMe, then what were and are the questions? Updated 2/24/17 If NVMe is the answer, then what were and are the various questions that should be asked? Some of the common questions include what is the difference between NVM and NVMe? Is NVMe only for servers, does NVMe require fabrics and what benefit is NVMe beyond more IOPs. Lets take a look at some of these common NVMe conversations and other questions. Main Features and Benefits of NVMe Some of the main feature and benefits of NVMe among others include: Lower latency due to improve drivers and increased queues (and queue sizes) Lower CPU used to handle larger number of I/Os (more CPU available for useful work) Higher I/O activity rates (IOPS) to boost productivity unlock value of fast flash and NVM Bandwidth improvements leveraging various fast ...

January 2017 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

January 21, 2017 – 7:29 pm

Data Infrastructure Primer and Overview (Its Whats Inside The Data Center)

January 21, 2017 – 6:09 pm
Data Infrastructure Primer and Overview Data Infrastructures exists to support business, cloud and information technology (IT) among other applications that transform data into information or services. The fundamental role of data infrastructures is to provide a platform environment for applications and data that is resilient, flexible, scalable, agile, efficient as well as cost-effective. Put another way, data infrastructures exist to protect, preserve, process, move, secure and serve data as well as their applications for information services delivery. Technologies that make up data infrastructures include hardware, software, cloud or managed services, servers, storage, I/O and networking along with people, processes, policies along with various tools spanning legacy, software-defined virtual, containers and cloud. Various Types and Layers of Infrastructures Depending on your role or focus, you may have a different view than somebody else of what is infrastructure, or what an infrastructure is. Generally speaking, people tend to refer to infrastructure as ...

SDx Summit London UK (Planning and Enabling Your Journey to Software Defined)

January 21, 2017 – 4:05 pm
Planning and Enabling Your Journey to Software Defined) Will 2017 be there year of all software-defined X (e.g. SDx) where X can be everything from data centers (SDDC), data infrastructures (SDDI), infrastructure (SDI), storage (SDS), network (SDN) or marketing (SDM) among others? What about IoT, IoD, ByoD, ByoL (bring your own license), MaaS (metal as a service), clouds, containers, object storage, OpenStack, Mesos, Docker, Kubernetes, NVMe, flash SSD, SCM (Storage Class Memory) among other buzzword bingo terms, technologies and trends, will 2017 be there year for those among others? What is safe to say is that the above buzzword items, topics, trends, technologies, tools and techniques are in your future, what varies is when, where, how, why, with what and whom to assist you on your journey. On January 26 2017 join me and others at the Savoy hotel in London UK for the SDx summit organized by Wipro. My presentation titled ...

SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics

January 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm
SSD, flash, Non-volatile memory (NVM) storage Trends, Tips & Topics Updated 2/23/17 Will 2017 be there year of solid state device (SSD), all flash, or all Non-volatile memory (NVM) based storage data centers and data infrastructures? Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor looking at SSD trends, tips and related topics. SSDs of some type, shape and form are in your future, if they are not already. In my InfoStor piece, I look at some non-volatile memory (NVM) and SSD trends, technologies, tools and tips that you can leverage today to help prepare for tomorrow. This also includes NVM Express (NVMe) based components and solutions. By way of background, SSD can refer to solid state drive or solid state device (e.g. more generic). The latter is what I am using in this post. NVM refers to different types of persistent memories, including NAND flash and its variants most commonly used today in SSDs. Other NVM ...

Cloud and Object storage are in your future, what are some questions?

January 3, 2017 – 5:56 pm
Cloud and Object storage are in your future, what are some questions? IMHO there is no doubt that cloud and object storage are in your future, what are some questions? Granted, what type of cloud and object storage or service along with for work or entertainment are some questions. Likewise, what are your cloud and object storage concerns (assuming you already have heard the benefits)? Some other questions include when, where for different applications workload needs, as well as how and with what among others. Keep in mind that there are many aspects to cloud storage and they are not all object, likewise, there are many facets to object storage. Recently I did a piece over at InfoStor titled Cloud Storage Concerns, Considerations and Trends that looks at the above among other items including: Is cloud storage cheaper than traditional storage? How do you access cloud object storage from legacy block and file applications? ...

Overview Review of Microsoft ReFS (Reliable File System) and resource links

January 3, 2017 – 4:39 pm
This is an overview review of Microsoft ReFS (Resilient File System) along with some resource links. ReFS is part of some Windows operating system platforms including Server 2016. Some context here is that review can mean an in-depth deep dive product or technology review, while another meaning is to simply to refresh what you may already know about ReFS. For this post, the focus is on the latter, that is a bit of overview that also functions as a refresh review of what you may already know. However click here to see how ReFS and NTFS compare. Click here to read more about Windows Server 2016, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica (SR) and other related topics (or click on the image below). Windows Server 2016 Welcome Screen - Source Server StorageIOlab.com What Is Microsoft ReFS and Why It Matters Microsoft ReFS (Resilient File System) is part of Windows Servers 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 as ...

Server StorageIO Holiday Seasons Greetings 2016

December 23, 2016 – 5:07 pm
Server StorageIO 2016 Seasons Greetings