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 ...

Application Data Availability 4 3 2 1 Data Protection

March 13, 2018 – 7:05 pm
Application Data Availability 4 3 2 1 Data Protection Application Data Availability 4 3 2 1 Data Protection This is part two 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 continue looking at application performance, availability, capacity, economic (PACE) attributes that have an impact on data value as well as availability. Availability (Accessibility, Durability, Consistency) Just as there are many different aspects and focus areas for performance, there are also several facets to availability. Note that applications performance requires availability and availability relies on some level of performance. Availability is a broad and encompassing area that includes data protection ...

Application Data Characteristics Types Everything Is Not The Same

March 13, 2018 – 7:05 pm
Application Data Characteristics Types Everything Is Not The Same Application Data Characteristics Types Everything Is Not The Same This is part three 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 continue looking at application and data characteristics with a focus on different types of data. There is more to data than simply being big data, fast data, big fast or unstructured, structured or semistructured, some of which has been touched on in this series, with more to follow. Note that there is also data in terms of the programs, applications, code, rules, policies as well as configuration settings, metadata along ...

Application Data Volume Velocity Variety Everything Is Not The Same

March 13, 2018 – 7:04 pm
Application Data Volume Velocity Variety Everything Not The Same Application Data Volume Velocity Variety Everything Not The Same This is part four 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 continue looking at application and data characteristics with a focus on data volume velocity and variety, after all, everything is not the same, not to mention many different aspects of big data as well as little data. Volume of Data More data is growing at a faster rate every day, and that data is being retained for longer periods. Some data being retained has known value, while a growing amount of ...

Application Data Access Lifecycle Patterns Everything Is Not The Same

March 13, 2018 – 7:04 pm
Application Data Access Life cycle Patterns Everything Is Not The Same(Part V) Application Data Access Life cycle Patterns Everything Is Not The Same This is part five 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 look at various application and data lifecycle patterns as well as wrap up this series. Active (Hot), Static (Warm and WORM), or Dormant (Cold) Data and Lifecycles When it comes to Application Data Value, a common question I hear is why not keep all data? If the data has value, and you have a large enough budget, why not? On the other hand, most organizations have ...

Veeam GDPR preparedness experiences Webinar walking the talk

March 7, 2018 – 6:48 pm
Veeam GDPR preparedness experiences Webinar walking the talk Veeam GDPR preparedness experiences Fireside chat Webinar March 27, 9AM PT This free (register here) fireside chat webinar sponsored by Veeam looks at Veeam GDPR preparedness experiences based on what Veeam did to be ready for the May 25, 2018 Global Data Protection Regulations taking effect. The format of this webinar will be fireside chat between myself and Danny Allan (@DannyAllan5) of Veeam as we discuss the experiences, lessons learned by Veeam during their journey to prepare for GDPR. Danny has put together a five-part blog series here covering some of Veeams findings and lessons learned that you can leverage to prepare for GDPR, as well as what we will discuss among other related topics during the fireside chat webinar. Keep in mind that GDPR is commonly mistaken as just an European regulation when in fact it is global. In addition to being global, it ...

VMware continues cloud construction with March announcements

March 7, 2018 – 3:11 pm
VMware continues cloud construction with March announcements VMware continues cloud construction with March announcements of new features and other enhancements. VMware Cloud Provides Consistent Operations and Infrastructure Via: VMware.com With its recent announcements, VMware continues cloud construction adding new features, enhancements, partnerships along with services. VMware continues cloud construction, like other vendors and service providers who tried and test the waters of having their own public cloud, VMware has moved beyond its vCloud Air initiative selling that to OVH. VMware which while being a public traded company (VMW) is by way of majority ownership part of the Dell Technologies family of company via the 2016 acquisition of EMC by Dell. What this means is that like Dell Technologies, VMware is focused on providing solutions and services to its cloud provider partners instead of building, deploying and running its own cloud in competition with partners. VMware Cloud Data Infrastructure and SDDC layers ...

Benefits of Moving Hyper-V Disaster Recovery to the Cloud Webinar

February 15, 2018 – 1:27 pm
Benefits of Moving Hyper-V Disaster Recovery to the Cloud Webinar Benefits of Moving Hyper-V Disaster Recovery to the Cloud and Achieve global cloud data availability from an Always-On approach with Veeam Cloud Connect webinar. Feb. 28, 2018 at 11am PT / 2pm ET Windows Server and Hyper-V software defined data center (SDDC) based applications need always on availability and access to data which means enabling cloud based data protection (including backup/recovery) for seamless disaster recovery (DR), business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR) and high availability (HA). Key to an always on, available and accessible environment is having robust  RTO and RPO aligned to your application workload needs. In other words, time for data protection to work for you and your applications instead of you working for it (e.g. the data protection tools and technologies). This free data protection webinar (registration required) sponsored by KeepItSafe produced by Virtualization & Cloud ...