Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details This is Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part III here, part IV here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Dell Technology World DTW 2018 Event and Venue What was announced at Dell Technology World 2018 included among others: Dell Technologies World 2018 keynote kick off by Michael Dell Partner business growth for Dell Technologies with broader offerings and incentives Dell Technologies Capital (venture capital) first year out of stealth progress Customer award winners of Dell Technologies Dell PowerMax next-generation enterprise-class tier 0 ...

Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details This is Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part IV (PowerEdge MX Composable) here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcements Include: PowerMax – Enterprise class tier 0 and tier 1 all-flash array (AFA) XtremIO X2 – Native replication and new entry-level pricing Back view of Dell PowerMax Dell PowerMax Something Old, Something New, Something Fast Near You Soon PowerMax is the new companion to VMAX. Positioned for traditional tier 0 and tier 1 enterprise-class applications and workloads, PowerMax is optimized for dense server virtualization and SDDC, SAP, ...

Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure This is Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part III here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Introducing PowerEdge MX Composable Infrastructure (the other CI) Dell announced at Dell Technology World 2018 a preview of the new PowerEdge MX (kinetic) family of data infrastructure resource servers. PowerEdge MX is being developed to meet the needs of resource-centric data infrastructures that require scalability, as well as performance availability, capacity, economic (PACE) flexibility for diverse workloads. Read more about Dell PowerEdge MX, Gen-Z and composable infrastructures (the other CI) ...

Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:39 pm
Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details This is Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part III here and part IV here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). What was announced: PowerEdge gen 14 four-socket rack mount servers Preview of PowerMX Gen-Z enabled composable data infrastructure resources Converged Infrastructure (CI) and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) updates Wyse 5070 Thin Client and other VDI related updates VMware and NSX Cloud Updates PowerEdge Servers Updates PowerEdge servers enhanced with generation 14 technologies initially announced last May at Dell EMC World 2017, along with Intel July 2017 technology announcements. New PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840 ...

April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

April 30, 2018 – 5:09 pm
April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 4 (April 2018) Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Hello and welcome to the April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. In cased you missed it, the March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter can be viewed here (HTML and PDF). In this issue themes include life beyond world backup day, focus on recovery, restoration and resiliency, as well as getting ready for GDPR. Also covered in this issue are themes of NVMe along with NVMe over Fabric (NVMeoF), Storage Class Memories (SCM) and related technologies covered in the March 2018 newsletter. Recent VMware public, private and hybrid cloud along with vSphere v6.7 are covered as well as other topics including: News Commentary and Tips Server StorageIOblog posts Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Server StorageIO Commentary in the news, ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 SDDC Update Summary

April 25, 2018 – 6:02 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 SDDC Update Summary VMware announced last week vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 among other updates for their software-defined data center (SDDC) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions. The new April v6.7 announcement updates followed those from this past March when VMware announced cloud enhancements with partner AWS (more on that announcement here). VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 For those looking for a more extended version with a closer look and analysis of what VMware announced click here for part two and part three here. What VMware announced is general availability (GA) meaning you can now download from here the bits (e.g., software) that include: ESXi aka vSphere 6.7 hypervisor build 8169922 vCenter Server 6.7 build 8217866 vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 build 8217866 vSAN 6.7 and other related SDDC management tools vSphere Operations Management (vROps) 6.7 Increased the speeds, feeds and other configuration maximum limits For those not ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details

April 25, 2018 – 6:01 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details of announcement summary focus on vCenter, Security, and management. This is part two (part one here) of a three-part (part III here) series looking at VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details of announcement summary. Last week VMware announced vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 updates as part of enhancing their software-defined data center (SDDC) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions core components. This is an expanded post as a companion to the Server StorageIO summary piece here. These April updates followed those from this past March when VMware announced cloud enhancements with partner AWS (more on that announcement here). VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 What VMware announced is generally available (GA) meaning you can now download from here the bits (e.g., software) that include: ESXi aka vSphere 6.7 hypervisor build 8169922 vCenter Server 6.7 build 8217866 vCenter Server ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements

April 25, 2018 – 6:01 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements This is part three of a three-part series looking at last weeks v6.7 VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements. The focus of this post is on server, storage, I/O along with deployment and other wrap up items. In case you missed them, read part one here, and part two here. VMware as part of updates to, vSAN and vCenter introduced several server storage I/O enhancements some of which have already been mentioned. VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 Server Storage I/O enhancements for vSphere, vSAN, and vCenter include: Native 4K (4kn) block sector size for HDD and SSD devices Intel Volume Management Device (VMD) for NVMe flash SSD Support for Persistent Memory (PMEM) aka Storage Class Memory (SCM) SCSI UNMAP (similar to TRIM) for SSD space reclamation XCOPY and VAAI enhancements VMFS-5 is now default file system VMFS-6 SESparse vSphere snapshot ...

Have you heard about the new CLOUD Act data regulation?

April 6, 2018 – 11:25 am
Have you heard about the new CLOUD Act data regulation? Have you heard about the new CLOUD Act data regulation? The new CLOUD Act data regulation became law as part of the recent $1.3 Trillion (USD) omnibus U.S. government budget spending bill passed by Congress on March 23, 2018 and signed by President of the U.S. (POTUS) Donald Trump in March. CLOUD Act is the acronym for Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data, not to be confused with initiatives such as U.S. federal governments CLOUD First among others which are focused on using cloud, securing and complying (e.g. FedRAMP among others). In other words, the new CLOUD Act data regulation pertains to how data stored by cloud or other service providers can be accessed by law environment officials (LEO). Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) Image via https://www.supremecourt.gov/ CLOUD Act background and Stored Communications Act After the signing into law of CLOUD Act, the US ...

Data Protection Recovery Life Post World Backup Day Pre GDPR

April 2, 2018 – 3:05 pm
Data Protection Recovery Life Post World Backup Day Pre GDPR It's time for Data Protection Recovery Life Post World Backup Day Pre GDPR Start Date. The annual March 31 world backup day focus has come and gone once again. However, that does not mean data protection including backup as well as recovery along with security gets a 364-day vacation until March 31, 2019 (or the days leading up to it). Granted, for some environments, public relations, editors, influencers and other industry folks backup day will take some time off while others jump on the ramp up to GDPR which goes into effect May 25, 2018. Expanding Focus Data Protection and GDPR As I mentioned in this post here, world backup day should be expanded to include increased focus not just on backup, also recovery as well as other forms of data protection. Likewise, May 25 2018 is not the deadline or finish line or the ...

AWS Cloud Application Data Protection Webinar

March 29, 2018 – 11:58 am
AWS Cloud Application Data Protection Webinar AWS Cloud Application Data Protection Webinar Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET Only YOU can prevent data loss for on-premises, Amazon Web Service (AWS) based cloud, and hybrid applications. Join me in this free AWS Cloud Application Data Protection Webinar (registration required) sponsored by Veeam produced by Redmond Magazine as we explore issues, trends, tools, best practices and techniques for enabling data protection with AWS technologies. Attend and learn about: Application-aware point in time snapshot data protection Protecting AWS EC2 and on-premises applications (and data) Leveraging AWS for data protection and recovery And much more Register for the live event or catch the replay here. Where to learn more Learn more about data protection, software defined data center (SDDC), software defined data infrastructures (SDDI), AWS, cloud and related topics via the following links: World Backup Day 2018 Data Protection ...

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview

March 28, 2018 – 10:44 pm
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview has been announced. Windows Server 2019 in the past might have been named 2016 R2 also known as a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release. Microsoft recommends LTSC Windows Server for workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Share Point and SDDC. The focus of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview is around hybrid cloud, security, application development as well as deployment including containers, software defined data center (SDDC) and software defined data infrastructure, as well as converged along with hyper-converged infrasture (HCI) management. Windows Server 2019 Preview Features Features and enhancements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview span HCI management, security, hybrid cloud among others. Hybrid cloud - Extending active directory, file server synchronize, cloud backup, applications spanning on-premises and cloud, management). Security - Protect, detect and respond including shielded VMs, attested guarded fabric of host guarded machines, Windows ...

March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

March 20, 2018 – 1:14 pm
March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 3 (March 2018) Hello and welcome to the March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. If you are wondering where the January and February 2018 update newsletters are, they are rolled into this combined edition. In addition to the short email version (free signup here), you can access full versions (html here and PDF here) along with previous editions here. In this issue: Data Infrastructure Industry Activity News Commentary and Tips Server StorageIOblog posts Recommended Reading Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Data Infrastructure and IT Industry Activity Trends World Backup day is coming up on March 31 which is a good time to remember to verify and validate that your data protection is working as intended. On one hand I think it is a good idea to call out ...

Application Data Value Characteristics Everything Is Not The Same (Part I)

March 13, 2018 – 7:06 pm
Application Data Value Characteristics Everything Is Not The Same Application Data Value Characteristics Everything Is Not The Same This is part one of a five-part mini-series looking at Application Data Value Characteristics Everything Is Not The Same as a companion excerpt from chapter 2 of my new book Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials – Cloud, Converged and Virtual Fundamental Server Storage I/O Tradecraft (CRC Press 2017). available at Amazon.com and other global venues. In this post, we start things off by looking at general application server storage I/O characteristics that have an impact on data value as well as access. Everything is not the same across different organizations including Information Technology (IT) data centers, data infrastructures along with the applications as well as data they support. For example, there is so-called big data that can be many small files, objects, blobs or data and bit streams representing ...