Saturday, 14 July 2012

Tech Round Up 14th July 2012


This week with stuff from Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Fusion-io, HP, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, Synology, Tintri, and VMware.

Cisco

Nice table for Cryptographic Algorithms – avoid, legacy, acceptable, and NGE (Next Generation Encryption.)

Cisco

(28 Jun) 3D Data Center Models for your iPhone/iPad available from the Apple App Store "Cisco 3D Interactive Catalog"

Cisco

"The ASR 9000 product family has recently come out with a new feature called nV Edge (nV = Network Virtualization) ... Ultimately, the nV Edge clustering+ VPLS topology can be as simple as shown below, while maintaining your resiliency requirements.
The benefit of an nV Edge + VPLS and this is why it can be awesome...
1) Increased physical link utilization
2) Up to 75% decrease in VPLS Pseudowire requirements
3) 50 millisecond or less recovery times"

Cisco

IPv6 Extension Headers Review and Considerations (actually from October 2006 ...)

Citrix

Blog post (27 Jun) on Microsoft licensing for XD vs. View

Citrix XenDesktop: Scaling for 500 Users
(2) XenDesktop Controllers
(2) XenApp Servers (Application Streaming)
(2) Microsoft SQL 2008 Servers (SQL Replication)

VMware View: Scaling for 500 Users
(2) View Connection Servers
(2) ThinApp Servers (Application Streaming) (File Server)
(1) vCenter\View Composer Server
(2) Microsoft SQL 2008 Servers (SQL Replication)

Citrix XenDesktop: Scaling for 20,000 Users
(3) XenDesktop Controllers
(2) XenApp Servers (Application Streaming)
(2) Microsoft SQL 2008 Servers (SQL Replication)

VMware View: Scaling for 20,000 Users
(10) View Connection Servers
(2) ThinApp Servers (Application Streaming) (File Server)
(2) vCenter\View Composer Server
(2) Microsoft SQL 2008 Servers (SQL Replication)

Citrix

Extracts from the Citrix Branch Repeater Specifications Sheet (July 2012)
"BR-SDX 2000 delivers the highest density of HDX optimization, with 5000 simultaneous HDX optimized sessions. With its capability to support 2Gbps of optimized traffic, BR-SDX 2000 also delivers the highest broad based WAN Optimization capability in the market, period."

Citrix

Nice pdf guide for a Citrix XenServer Unattended Installation by Christian Ferber (Jul 10)

Citrix

Making VDI work in poor bandwidth locations "...Citrix VDI-in-a-Box – deployed across 50 training centers."

Dell

Review of the Dell EqualLogic PS6100XS (23 May.) Check out www.itpro.co.uk for their storage reviews and more – including:

EqualLogic PS6100XS
Price as reviewed (23 May 2012) = £49'420 exc. VAT.
Rating = 6/6

Nimble Storage CS240
Price as reviewed (21 May 2012) = £65'540 exc. VAT
Rating = 4/6

Broadberry CyberStore 424DSS
Price as reviewed (9 May 2012) = £8'880 ext. VAT.
Rating = 5/6

Dell

Review of the Dell EqualLogic PS4100E (9 Jul.) Check out www.pcpro.co.uk for their storage reviews and more – including:

EqualLogic PS4100E
Price as reviewed (9 Jul 2012) = £9'521 exc. VAT.
Rating = 5/6

D-Link DSN-6120
Price as reviewed (19 Jun 2012) = £4'688 exc. VAT
Rating = 5/6

Fujitsu Eternus CS800 S3 Entry (Dedupe Appliance)
Price as reviewed (6 Jun 2012) = £8'851 exc. VAT
Rating = 5/6

QSAN Technology P300Q-D212
Price as reviewed (15 May 2012) = £4'750 exc. VAT (diskless)
Rating = 5/6

Dell

Dell Customer Stories (1 Jun): AECOM – Engineering, Research & Development company, with 45'000 employees

Services:
Dell Compellent Copilot Support – 24x7 Support, Priority Response
Dell Pro Support with Mission Critical, 4 hours onsite response service

Hardware:
Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN
Dell EqualLogic PS6510E and PS6010XV

Software:
Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager
Dell Compellent Data Progression

Dell

Dell Customer Stories (May): AURUM Holdings – Retail & Wholesale company, with 1'700 employees
"Since moving to Dell EqualLogic, we've improved the performance of our SAP environment by around 50 per cent."

Services:
Dell ProSupport with Mission Critical

Hardware:
Dell EqualLogic PS6000E/ PS6500X/ PS6000SVS storage arrays

Dell

Article from silconANGLE about the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution
"Dell, one of the very first backers of the OpenStack project ... architecture components
> The latest OpenStack version, Essex
> The latest 12th generation Power Edge Dell Servers, R720, and R720XD
> Canonical OpenStack distribution and Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04
> Dell Force 10 switching: S60
> Next version of our innovative OpenStack deployment and operations software: Crowbar"

Dell


Dell

"1. Cloud unbridles customer growth"
"2. Cloud enables rapid product enhancements"
"3. Cloud enables experimentation, as a business"

Dell

Dell Announces the EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Array (11 Jun 2012)

EMC

EMC Networker 8.0 is out (July 2012)

Fusion-io

Interesting use of Fusion-io cards "Fusion-io and Princeton University boffins have used a PCIe flash drive to virtually extend a server's main memory into the terabytes."

HP

Nice blog with lots on HP 3PAR http://cloud-land.com/
Building the business case to choose HP 3PAR - The Ninja's Way (10 Jul) – information on the assessment HP will run, to help you evaluate your data utilisation rates and more....

IBM


Hardware:
IBM XIV Storage System
- Function in use: Thin provisioning, snapshots, data migration, synchronous mirroring, host attachment kits.

Software:
Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation
Symantec Veritas Cluster Server

IT Environment:
OSes = Red Hat Enterprise Linux & Microsoft Windows Server
Databases = Oracle & Microsoft SQL Server
Virtualization = VMware

Microsoft

Links to TechEd sessions 2012:

Microsoft

More on Windows Server 2012 licensing (11 Jul 2012):
"Windows Server 2012 will be available in four editions: Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation ... Customers with active SA (Software Assurance) coverage at the time of 2012 release will receive migration rights to the new editions as follows:"

Microsoft

Microsoft Cloud Self Assessment Tool by Wilfried Schadenboeck (9 Jul)

NetApp

Paralized NFS solution using pNFS
"... allows you to scale an NFS environment seamlessly while simultaneously offering the ability to optimize data paths from client to volume, even as your data moves within the storage cluster..."

NetApp

NetApp Customer Claton Companies on Keeping it Simple, Doing More with Less (10 Jul.) 700 employess. Using FAS3240's and a FAS2240 for DR location. Using NetApp OnCommand. Using FlexVol, Snapshot, SnapManager, and SnapMirror.

NetApp


"NetApp developed Infinite Volume specifically to address the scalability needs of enterprise content repositories; it eliminates the complexities of managing data in multiple small containers. NetApp Infinite Volume is a software abstract hosted over Data ONTAP 8.1.1 operating in Cluster-Mode. Now, you may ask, “How infinite is an Infinite Volume?” Well, it doesn’t have unlimited capacity. But, it’s pretty darn big. It provides a single mount point that can scale to 20PB or 2 billion files."

NetApp

Highlights the value of OnCommand Workflow Automation as a tool for quick Cloud Storage provisioning.

NetApp

"1. Understand Your Workload
"> What is the read-write mix for the workload?
"> What are the typical IO sizes?
"> How much is random versus sequential?
"> How large are the working sets for the application?
"2. Employ Virtual Storage Tiering
"3. Evaluate Price/Performance at a Systems Level
"4. Use Flash Pools for Data Persistence
"5. Deploy Flash with Capacity-Optimized Drives"

Synology


Tintri

YouTube video (17 Feb) where The Norwegian School of Economics (3700+ users) talks about their experiences using Tintri VMstore

VMware


VMware


VMware


VMware

YouTube video (11 Jun) from Steve Kaplan, VP, Data Center Virtualization Practice, Presidio West – "VMware vSphere Delivers Greater Value and Lower TCO than Microsoft Hyper-V"
"... Microsoft's claim that their solution is far less expensive than VMware's ... flaws in their methodology.
"> Microsoft compares their significantly discounted volume price, without support, to the VMware list price including support
"> Microsoft pits their products against VMware's highest editions, but when based upon functionality they should be comparing against VMware's lowest product editions
"> The VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite delivers far more features and functionality than the Microsoft ECI bundle used in that comparison
"> Microsoft's comparison also ignores the VM density advantage that vSphere has over Hyper-V .... this means that vSphere deployments require less money, less money spent on servers, on network switches, cabling, rackspace, power, cooling, and even on guest OS licensing."

VMware

Useful VMware KB article Keeping a vSphere Environment Up To Date (updated 12 Jul)
"It is important to apply updates/upgrades in the correct order. An overview of the product update/upgrade order is:
"1. vCenter Server
"2. vCenter Update Manager
"3. ESX/ESXi Hosts
"4. VMware Tools (inside virtual machines)
"5. Virtual Machine Hardware Version
"6. Distributed Virtual Switches and Datastores"

Phew, all in one week - I'll have to stop retaining so much!

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