HPE Announces AMD Powered Gen 10 ProLiant DL385 For Software Defined Workloads

November 20, 2017 – 8:45 am
HPE Announces AMD Powered Gen 10 ProLiant DL385 For Software Defined Workloads By Greg Schulz - www.storageioblog.com November 20, 2017 HPE Announced today a new AMD EPYC 7000 Powered Gen 10 ProLiant DL385 for Software Defined Workloads including server virtualization, software-defined data center (SDDC), software-defined data infrastructure (SDDI), software-defined storage among others. These new servers are part of a broader Gen10 HPE portfolio of ProLiant DL systems. 24 Small Form Factor Drive front view DL385 Gen 10 Via HPE The value proposition being promoted by HPE of these new AMD powered Gen 10 DL385 servers besides supporting software-defined, SDDI, SDDC, and related workloads are security, density and lower price than others. HPE is claiming with the new AMD EPYC system on a chip (SoC) processor powered Gen 10 DL385 that it is offering up to 50 percent lower cost per virtual machine (VM) than ...

AWS Announces New S3 Cloud Storage Security Encryption Features

November 14, 2017 – 7:41 pm
AWS Announces New S3 Cloud Storage Security Encryption Features Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced new Simple Storage Service (S3) encryption and security enhancements including Default Encryption, Permission Checks, Cross-Region Replication ACL Overwrite, Cross-Region Replication with KMS and Detailed Inventory Report. Another recent announcement by AWS is for PrivateLinks endpoints within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). AWS Service Dashboard Default Encryption Extending previous security features, now you can mandate all objects stored in a given S3 bucket be encrypted without specifying a bucket policy that rejects non-encrypted objects. There are three server-side encryption (SSE) options for S3 objects including keys managed by S3, AWS KMS and SSE Customer ( SSE-C) managed keys. These options provide more flexibility as well as control for different environments along with increased granularity. Note that encryption can be forced on all objects ...

October 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

October 30, 2017 – 11:01 pm
Server StorageIO October 2017 Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Data Infrastructure server storage I/O network Recommended Reading #blogtober

October 30, 2017 – 3:39 pm
Data Infrastructure Recommended Reading List and Book Shelf Updated 10/30/17 The following is an evolving recommended reading list of data infrastructure topics including, server, storage I/O, networking, cloud, virtual, container, data protection and related topics that includes books, blogs, podcast's, events and industry links among other resources. Various Data Infrastructure including hardware, software, services related links: Links A-E Links F-J Links K-O Links P-T Links U-Z Other Links In addition to my own books including Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017), the following are Server StorageIO recommended reading, watching and listening list items. The list includes various IT, Data Infrastructure and related topics. Intel Recommended Reading List (IRRL) for developers is a good resource to check out. Check out the Blogtober list of check out some of the blogs and posts occurring during October 2017 here. Preston De Guise aka @backupbear is Author of several books has an interesting new site Foolsrushin.info that looks at topics including Ethics in IT among others. Check out ...

PCIe Server Storage I/O Network Fundamentals #blogtober

October 28, 2017 – 10:33 pm
PCIe Server Storage I/O Network Fundamentals #blogtober Peripheral Computer Interconnect Express aka PCIe is a Server, Storage, I/O networking fundamental component. This post is an excerpt from chapter 4 (Chapter 4: Servers: Physical, Virtual, Cloud, and Containers) of my new book Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials – Cloud, Converged and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft (CRC Press 2017) Available via Amazon.com and other global venues. In this post, we look various PCIe fundamentals to learn and expand or refresh your server, storage, and I/O and networking tradecraft skills experience. PCIe fundamental common server I/O component Common to all servers is some form of a main system board, which can range from a few square meters in supercomputers, data center rack, tower, and micro towers converged or standalone, to small Intel NUC (Next Unit of Compute), MSI and Kepler-47 footprint, or Raspberry Pi-type desktop servers and laptops. Likewise, PCIe is commonly found in ...

Introducing Windows Subsystem for Linux WSL Overview #blogtober

October 25, 2017 – 6:08 pm
Introducing Windows Subsystem for Linux WSL Overview #blogtober Updated 10/26/16 Introducing Windows Subsystem for Linux WSL and Overview. Microsoft has been increasing their support of Linux across Azure public cloud, Hyper-V and Linux Integration Services (LIS) and Windows platforms including Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as well as Server along with Docker support. WSL with Ubuntu installed and open in a window on one of my Windows 10 systems. WSL is not a virtual machine (VM) running on Windows or Hyper-V, rather it is a subsystem that coexists next to win32 (read more about how it works and features, enhancements here). Once installed, WSL enables use of Linux bash shell along with familiar tools (find, grep, sed, awk, rsync among others) as well as services such as ssh, MySQL among others. What this all means is that if you work with both Windows and Linux, you can do so ...

Fixing the Microsoft Windows 10 1709 post upgrade restart loop

October 23, 2017 – 10:48 pm
Fixing the Microsoft Windows 10 1709 post upgrade restart loop Recently I needed to upgrad one of my systems to Microsoft Windows 10 1709 (e.g. the September 2017) release that post upgrade resulted in Windows Explorer, desktop and taskbar going into an endless loop. For those not familiar with Windows 10 1709 learn more here, and here including on how to get the bits (e.g. software). Windows 10 1709 is a semi-annual channel (SAC) Microsoft is following to enable a faster cadence or pace of releases making new features available faster. Note that there is a Windows 10 1709 SAC, as well as Windows Server 2017 SAC (more on that here). All was well with the 1709 install on Windows 10 until post upgrade when I logged into my account on my laptop (Lenovo X1). Once logged in initially everything looked good until about 10 to 20 seconds later, the screen ...

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