Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Tech Round Up 12th September 2012


A list of must read/watch links when get the time, titbits, tools, and some nice graphics; all of which have entered my awareness since after the last Tech Round Up! With stuff from Cisco, Citrix, EMC, F5, LoginVSI, Microsoft, NetApp, PHD Virtual, and VMware

## Cisco ##


## Citrix ##


## EMC ##

YouTube video discussing VFCache 1.5 with the predominant use case for this server-side Flash Technology being SQL Server:
VFCache 1.5 features include:
- Automated vMotion
- Deduplication
- FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) VMAX management integration

## F5 ##

Excellent walkthrough from Damian Flynn to install and configure!

## LoginVSI ##

The Login VSI Express license allows you to test up to 50 user sessions for FREE!

## Microsoft ##


Check the overview for list of updates and enhancements!

## NetApp ##


“No other storage vendors can offer what is possible with Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode …”, “… NetApp ‘One Cloud’ - a single shared storage infrastructure for hundreds of private clouds, and one Agile Data Infrastructure …”, “Instant Provisioning – Creating a virtual storage system (vSAN) in 10 seconds for a hosted customer”, “Non-Disruptive Operations – … non-disruptively migrating a 30 VM Oracle DB eco-system nearly instantaneously from SATA to SSD drives …”, “Immortal data infrastructure – Attested to the storage savings and high performance available with NetApp data deduplication …”

A series on Data ONTAP 8 clustering - well worth checking out!

## PHD Virtual ##

A useful little web tool that can help with corrupt/missing VMDK disk descriptor files!

## VMware ##

Duncan Epping’s tech marketing updates - check out the interesting links!

Useful KB articles for vSphere 5.1 including links to best practice guides!




Excellent walkthrough for configuring VXLAN via the vCloud Networking and Security appliance, vSphere Web Client, and VMware vCloud Director!


Nice graphic that summarizes how it all goes together:



PowerCLI scripts to find, check, and amend any erroneous VM Memory Limits.

“… the manageability benefits of VDI, but for physical desktops and laptops …”

Slightly different to the VMworld 2012 Awards:
Best Cloud Application: HotLink Hybrid Express
Best Backup and Data Protection Product: Dell AppAssure
Best Free Tool: Veeam ZIP
Best Innovation: Cloud Physics
Best IaaS Cloud: Opscode Chef
Best SMB Product: Dell vStart 100
Best Cloud Management Tool: Puppet Labs - Puppet Enterprise
Best New Product of 2012: Nutanix Complete Cluster

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