Saturday, 7 July 2012

Tech Round Up 7th July 2012

A rough and ready attempt to collate some of the interesting tech stuff filling up my inbox!

From Veeam Community Forums Digest – Jun 17

Hyper-V 2012 cool new features include:
- 64TB Virtual Disks
- Shared nothing live migration
- TRIM/UNMAP support*
*On-the-fly wasted guest disk space reclamation; which returns reclaimed disk space to your SAN, and all you need is an OS that implements TRIM.

From blogs.vmware.com – Jun 19

5 New Free elearning Courses:

From blogs.msdn.com – Jun 27

Free videos on Windows Server 2012 from the Jump Start series:
Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (01): Core Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (02a): 
Virtualization Infrastructure, Part 1
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (02b): 
Virtualization Infrastructure, Part 2
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (03a): 
Storage Architecture, Part 1
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (03b): 
Storage Architecture, Part 2
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (04): 
Continuous Availability
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (05a): 
Multi-Server Management, Part 1
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (05b): 
Multi-Server Management, Part 2
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (06a): 
Security and Access, Part 1
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (06b): 
Security and Access, Part 2
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (07): 
Remote Connectivity and Networking
• Windows Server 2012 Jump Start (08): 
IIS, DHCP and IPAM

From Veeam Community Forums Digest – Jul 1

Windows Server 2012 does post-process dedupe (similar to ExaGrid and Falconstor!)

From VMware vCloud Blog – Jul 2

VMware's First Cloud Certification released: VCP-IaaS

From Dell Customer Stories – Jun 1

Interesting PDF article regarding Dell's Compellent SAN solution for the University of North Texas – a 36'000 student, and 3'200+ employee sized organization!

Services:
Dell Compellent Copilot Optimize
Dell Compellent Copilot Support
Dell Support Services – Dell ProSupport Mission Critical

Hardware:
Brocade 48000 Directors
Dell Compellent Storage Center SANs
Dell PowerEdge R910 servers with Intel Xeon 7500 series processors
Dell PowerEdge R710 servers with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors

Software:
Dell Compellent Data Progression
Dell Compellent Dynamic Capacity
Dell Compellent Fast Track
Dell Compellent Live Volume
Dell Compellent Remote Instant Replay

From VMware Community – Jul 5

VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp

From kb.vmware.com – Jul 3

Sample configuration of EtherChannel / Link aggregation with ESX/ESXi and Cisco/HP switches – KB1004048

From kb.vmware.com – Jul 3

Best practices for performing storage performance tests within a virtualized environment

From NetApp Communities – Jul 4

Setting a new standard: The new FAS2200 Series, Flash, and Data ONTAP 8.1.1
created by Jason Blosil

The FAS2200 Series (FAS2220 and FAS2240) includes the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier approach to leveraging the power of flash technology with the Flash Pool feature. Flash pool combines the performance of SSD with the capacity of HDD, is extremely easy to set up and use, and is fully integrated with the upcoming release of System Manager. Also, with the new release of Data ONTAP 8.1.1, all NetApp's entry systems support Clustering.

Fig. NetApp Flash Pool

From NetApp Communities - Jun

Virtual Storage Tiering (VST) changes the game again with Flash Pool
created by Paul Feresten

And now, with Data ONTAP 8.1.1, the Virtual Storage Tier has a new family member... Flash Pool.

Flash Pool, like its Flash Cache sibling, implements VST through intelligent caching of hot data thus delivering real time performance improvement with the right mix of Flash and HDD. Flash Pool, is actually a specific type of Data ONTAP aggregate which is composed of both HDD and SSD devices. While Flash Cache (implemented as a PCI-e attached controller cache) accelerates random read operations for all data on the storage system, Flash Pool is enabled for specific data sets and provides caching of random write operations as well as random reads. And since Flash Pool is physically implemented at the disk shelf level, it provides a cache that follows data persistently, even in the event of HA failover events. You can deploy Flash Cache and Flash Pool independently or combine them on the same storage system giving you the ability to tune VST to the requirements of specific workloads-you can use Flash Pool for workloads with lots of random writes and Flash Cache will cover the rest.

From TheRegister - Jul 6

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Licensing: four builds – Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation (OEM).

Fig. Windows Server 2012 Editions

From Dell Customer Stories – Jun

Interesting PDF article regarding Dell's solution for the Caterham F1 Team!

Hardware:
Intel Cluster Ready HPC
Dell PowerVault MD3200 and MD1200 storage arrays
Dell EqualLogic PS6000S storage arrays
Dell PowerEdge R210 and R710 Servers with Intel Xeon processors X5570
Dell PowerEdge M1000e module blade enclosures
Dell Latitude E6500 and E4300 laptops
Dell Precision M6600 and M4600 mobile workstations
Dell PowerConnect 6xxx/7xxx/8xxx series switches
Dell Force10 switches for iSCSI
Dell PowerVault TL2000 backup appliance
Dell Latitude ST Tablets
Dell Alienware Area-51 desktops

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