Archive | August 2014

T-shirt review coming up soon

So after pillaging the Solutions Exchange on sunday at the Welcome Reception I’ve only just now managed to take a look at the T-shirts I’ve grabbed. I’ve got a total of 17 shirts where I can see I’ve gotten a few of the same. Out of those 17 I’m taking 9 of them home. The other 8 were either too small or in a weird colour/print.

What I plan to do with those 8, is to go out and find some of the Homeless of San Francisco and pass those shirts to these people. I’m hoping they will like a clean shirt for the sometimes chilly SF nights. I know its nothing compared to food or money, but I’d rather give them away than throw them away.

I’ll try to review all of them, but the 9 I take home, will get a washing as well, to see how good they hold up during normal use.

I saw William Lam tweeting about, too many vendors didn’t have M or S sizes. I on the other hand were amazed at how many that didn’t have XXL. And even though they keep repeating that American sizes are bigger, that’s not true. Some of the XXL’s I’ve gotten are super tight and short 🙂

I hope the recipients will enjoy them though.

My original plan was to review the T-shirts as I got them, but this has been a hectic week. Meetings, Sessions and Labs took all my time, so review coming up when I get home.

PernixData FVP – My Impression

On Wednesday I attended a session at VMworld about PernixData FVP with Satyam Vaghani and Frank Denneman.

And I must say I do like their approach to the Flash idea. They want to make their solution available to all application that runs on top of vSphere. Meaning even all your old p2v’d systems can get a huge boost in IOPS with this.

I wont go into much detail on how it works, you can find that out on their webpage. But there are 2 things that I really found neat. Moving forward they want to offer not only Flash acceleration in their software but it will also be able to use the RAM you have in your hosts. Think about a 1TB RAM cache for IOPS, that doesn’t sit behind a storage controller!

The other thing they were working on is Fault Domains. I asked them about how you would deploy their solution in a Stretched Metro Cluster setup. I’ve worked on a setup with 2 sites, but where vSphere only sees 1, using affinity groups to separate the running VM’s. So the idea with Fault domains is this: you could have the VM’s of site 1 have their main cache in site 1, but with a replica on site 2, so if the entire site 1 fails, then vSphere HA can easily recover the VM’s  in site 2, even if the data hasn’t been persisted down to disks in site 1.

Links

PernixData

Cormacs blog on Pernix

 

EVO:Rail – Second impression at #VMworld

So I attended the EVO:Rail session with Duncan and Shaun, and that gave me a few new insights on EVO:Rail VMware’s software for a HyperConverged Infrastructure.

And I must say, damn that looks awesome. Would be nice to run something like VDI on it, or say your Dev servers could have their own infrastructure, without ever hurting your production environment.

And as all it need is a 10gbit IPV6 vlan with layer2 multicast enabled, putting these kind of systems into a stretched metro cluster seems as easy as the setup of the system is.

They showed the setup process, which took a whooping 13 minutes! And with that you had 4 ESXi hosts, 1 vCenter Server, LogInsight and VSAN installed and configured. DAMN nice.

They have basically created an installer in HTML5 that does all the heavy lifting for you. setting up NTP, DNS and proxy servers is done 1 place and is automatically pushed to all the components.

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The interface seems very fast and nice, and is stripped of a lot of the stuff you don’t you daily. For easy and fast Management. If you need more than that, you can always access the web client with a link from the EVO:Rail interface.

I would expect this direction from VMware to be rolled out to a lot of other products over time, as installing a lot of the VMware product sometimes is a pain. Imagine installing and configuring everything from Horizon View to VCAC with just a few clicks. Hoping for happy times ahead!

EVO:Rail – first Impressions

Yesterday at the Keynote, one of the new offerings VMware announced was EVO:Rail, A Hyperconverged Infrastructure. This means OEMS have created small 2U formfactor rail mountable machines, that each hold 4 ESXi hosts. VMware has then provided the software that goes on top.

So no VMware is NOT selling us Hardware, we have to go to the OEM vendors like Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, Net One Systems and SuperMicro. to get these.

Licensed in the SKU is all the software you need to get a SDDC up and running in around 15 minutes from its been racked and cabled. For full details on whats in an EVO:Rail offering  look at Duncan’s post under Links.

So who is this for ? People who wants to get to close SDDC nirvana fast. And people starting out might find this very tempting. I don’t see myself using EVO:Rail at my workplace. But small companies that, for whatever reason, don’t want a Cloud solution, could find EVO:Rail very promising. As it contains everything you need to start and has a simple interface for you to use. Everything installs itself.

This is the first offering, but they were hinting at Rack-scale or Datacentre scale versions of this, and that might be promising to bigger companies. EVO:Rack Tech Preview

For me personally, its not the process of getting the Hardware and Software installed, that is the biggest problem with going toward SDDC. The problem is getting all your tweaks and various administrative procedures implemented in the Software. I would be nice if you could standardize those administrative procedures to fit something like EVO:Rail, but that is usually a far larger battle than getting the money for the software and hardware.

I’m sure we’ll see a lot more press about EVO:Rail in the coming months.

Links:

EVO:Rail at Yellow-bricks

Chad Sakac’s piece on EVO:Rail (Long read)

Mike Laverick’s guide to EVO:Rail

Eric Sloof on EVO:Rail

First t-shirt of #vmworld 2014

Grabbed my badge and back today at Moscone West and with it came this years VMworld T-shirt.


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Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2014
Model: Fruit of the Loom Lofteez HD
Size: XXL
Quality: The quality seems pretty nice, and on par with last years VMworld t-shirt.
Print: The print is the offcial No Limits logo on the front and a view into space on the back. Very Subtle
Score: 8/10
Conclusion: The fabric feels good, the logo is nice and not in your face, so this will be a shirt I would want to wear other places than VMworld.

 

 

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