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VMworld 2015 Sponsors – Zerto and Opvizor

The final 2 sponsors for vBrainstorm at VMworld 2015 are Zerto and Opvizor!

First up is Zerto!  Zerto says it best with this excerpt from their web site:

Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions for virtualized IT infrastructure & cloud.

They not only provide your typical backup of VMs but also virtual replication of VMs to a remote location.  vSphere, Hyper-V and even Amazon Web Services (AWS) is supported by Zerto.  Visit their web site for videos and customer testimonials.

So what is Zerto doing at VMworld?  Zerto is famous at VMworld for “Red Wednesday”!  This is the day that you wear your Zerto Red T-Shirt that you get at their booth to win some great prizes!  I was fortunate enough one year to win some Beats headphones from Zerto.  It is as simple as their prize team spotting you around VMworld and choosing you for a prize!  It really is that simple.  Zerto is also throwing a party and I am super excited about this one.  The are going to have an all female Queen cover band called “Killer Queens”!  I cannot wait to hear some of that!

You can find Zerto at booth #623.  You can also read more about what Zerto has in store at VMworld at http://www.zerto.com/zerto-at-vmworld-2015/.

Finally our final sponsor is Opvizor!  Opvizor provides solutions to monitor the health of your VMware environment as well as monitoring VM snapshots in your environment.  Opvizor says this statement about their solution on their web site:

With Opvizor you control everything you love about VMware, and Opvizor automates all the rest

Opvizor’s Health Analyzer solution analyzes your VMware infrastructure, offer resolutions, provide reporting and help you optimize virtual applications!  Opvizor’s Snapwatcher solution monitors VMware snapshots across vCenter systems, tracks the snapshots, finds invalid snapshots and helps free wasted disk space by fixing broken, old and invalid snapshots.

Opvizor is not going to be at VMworld this year so I highly encourage you to visit the web site for more information: https://www.opvizor.com/

Look for myself (rolltidega), Roger (rogerlund) and Aaron (virtualroads) wearing the shirt below around VMworld!  We can help you find Zerto’s booth on the show floor!  Hope to see you there!

ZertoOp

Early peak at the #vBrownBag TechTalks Schedule at VMworld US 2015

The professionalvmware.com site, the home of the #vBrownBag goodness, has posted an early look at the schedule for the #vBrownBag TechTalks in the hang space at VMworld US 2015.  I wanted to re-post the schedule here to increase awareness of these talks.  If you are going to hang out in the hang space, please come and support this individuals!
(Note:  Info shared from http://professionalvmware.com/2015/08/vbrownbag-techtalks-schedule-vmworld-usa-2015/)

Time   Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30 vExpert Daily vExpert Daily vExpert Daily vExpert Daily
11:00 Edward Haletky @Texiwill 6-Step Program for Hybrid Cloud Edward Haletky @Texiwill Let’s Throw in Some Security: A hybrid
Cloud Security Model
Virtualization Practise Panel Chris Wahl -Scripting and Versioning with PowerShell ISE and Git Shell
11:15 Irfan Ahmad – CloudPhysics – The Unofficial VCDX Toolchest Irfan Ahmad – CloudPhysics – Help! My Dashboards Suck! continued Vaughn Stewart – Run 20% – 40% more VMs per host with Flash Storage
11:30 Michael White – Spotlight on Your Data Kenneth Hui -The Easy Button For Turning Your vSphere Environment Into A Private Cloud Gabriel Chapman – Solidfire – Infrastructure Agility in the Software Defined Data Center Josh Atwell – DevOps with PowerCLI and PowerShell DSC
11:45 Andy Warfield – Coho Data Andy Warfield – Coho Data continued Cody Hosterman – Space Reclamation in vSphere 6
12:00 VMUG LATAM Panel (Spanish) Anthony Spiteri – NSX – An Unexpected Journey VMware Communities Podcast Eric Wright – Getting to the Core with CoreOS
12:15 continued Ken Thomas -One Solution for All: Deploy to VMs and Physical using MDT continued James Brown -Virtual Design Master
12:30 Dave LeClair – Unitrends – Recover Simplicity! Dave LeClair – Unitrends – Is your data protection and DR solution built for a cloud-driven world? continued continued
12:45 Joseph Griffiths – Reference Architecture for Automation Luis Concistre – Horizon View & VMware NSX continued Tim Carr – Versioning deployments with Puppet, R10K, and Git
13:00  Kevin Moats – GPU virtualization in the home lab HP Blogger Briefing Dave Frederick – The Advantages of a Tiered Approach to VM Storage Steve Flanders – The importance of customer experience
13:15 Gina Rosenthal (Minks) – Why you need to #BackThatSaaSUp continued Gabriel Maciel – VMware NSX Architecture and Components Interaction
13:30 Scott Davis – Infinio – Disruptive Storage Innovations and the Impact on Virtual Desktop Solutions continued vBrownBag LATAM Panel (Spanish)
13:45 Scott Davis – cont continued continued
14:00 Jaison Bailley and the vBrisket community continued Paul Braren – Home Virtualization Lab Productivity Tips Hang Space Closed
14:15 Luke Brown – Dinosaurs Didn’t Do DR continued Anthony Chow – Micro-Segmentation – a perfect fit for microservices security
14:30 Craig Waters – Anatomy of an SSD Craig Waters  – How to start a user group (BYOUG) Shruti Bhat – Liuve demo – Running your ESXi workloads in AWS
14:45 Jonathan Frappier and Tim Jabaut – Stop being an “Admin” and learn to embrace “DevOps” Edward Haletky @Texiwill – Proper Use of RBAC to Secure your Virtual Environment John Arrasjid – IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of IT Infrastructure Design
15:00 In Tech We Trust Podcast Speaking in Tech Podcast Geek Whisperers Podcast
15:15 continued continued continued
15:30 continued continued continued
15:45 continued continued continued
16:00 Dennis Bray and Chip Copper – Brocade – NSX based Advanced Network Architecture in SDDC to deploy highly automated IT Service Delivery Elver Sena Sosa and Anuj Dewangan – Brocade -Scaling your cloud network: Building a massively scalable cloud infrastructure with VMware NSX & advanced physical network architectures Tony Foster – Sizing for GPU Workloads
16:15 David Siles – Proactive Data-Awareness Inside Your VMs David Klebanov – SDDC Gone Global with Software Defined WAN Brian Trainor – Automatic” remediation with vRealize Operations
16:30 Michaell Rice – Rackspace – Stop testing scripts in production; Meet vCenter Simulator Luke Huckaba – Rackspace – A distilled version of the SRM talk David Klee – SQL Server Virtualization Gotchya’s
16:45 Michael Rice – Introduction to pyVmomi Michael Rice – YAVIJAVA an alternative Java SDK for vSphere Michael Rice – vCenter Simulator For Functional Testing
17:00 Hersey Cartwright – Using PowerCLI to manage SSH on ESXi Hersey Cartwright – Managing vCenter Roles and Permissions with PowerCLI Hang Space closed
17:15 Eric Wright – Abstract all the things! Simplifying the whole stack James Green, Emad Younis – ”Batman” is Not A Career Strategy
17:30 Cisco Panel Nigel Hickey – The #vExpertSpotlight
17:45  continued Steve Flanders – Quality log messages and how to write them  

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VMworld 2015 Sponsor – SolidFire

This is the first post to call out some sponsors of vBrainstorm for VMworld 2015 in San Francisco! Say hello to SolidFire!  If you do not know who SolidFire is… where have you been??  SolidFire is the All-Flash Array for the Next-Generation Data Center!  Their solution delivers the five core elements needed for storage agility in today’s data centers:  Scale-Out, Guaranteed Performance, Automated Management, Data Assurance and Global Efficiencies.  I suggest you make time to visit the SolidFire booth at VMworld, which is booth 929.  What does SolidFire have in store for you at VMworld?  Well I have to mention their main giveaway!  SolidFire is giving away a SolidFire bike!  This thing is a very cool retro looking bike in SolidFire red!  There are many sessions that SolidFire will be in and don’t forget about the SolidFire party at the ThirstyBear!  Check out all the details at http://www.solidfire.com/vmworld.

Thank you SolidFire for sponsoring us!  Look for myself (rolltidega), Roger (rogerlund) and Aaron (virtualroads) in these cool shirts shown below around VMworld.  If you need help finding SolidFire on the show floor we will be happy to help you find them!

solidfire

How to connect with us at VMworld!

VMworld is only a little over 2 weeks away as of this post!  vBrainstorm will have 3 of our bloggers there and we want to make sure you know how to connect up with us.  All of us are active on Twitter so I will list our Twitter accounts below.  I will be doing some live broadcasts on Periscope so follow me there (rolltidega) to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.  Finally look for us in our customized VMworld 2015 polos that are being provided by some sponsors (blog posts forthcoming).  Our Twitter handles and web site will be on the back of each shirt so if you have never met us do not hesitate to come up and say hello!  We want to meet you!  Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Twitter
Shawn Cannon – @rolltidega
Roger Lund – @rogerlund
Aaron Gruber – @virtualroads

Win a full pass to VMworld 2015 – Sponsored by Veeam

Have you always wanted to attend VMworld but could not afford the conference fee?  I have good news for you!  Veeam is sponsoring a blogger contest for a chance to win a full VMworld conference pass as well as a FastPass to Veeam’s epic party at VMworld!  If you have never attended a Veeam party you have been missing out!  Here is what you have to do for a chance to win.  Leave a comment below telling your best story of why you should win the full conference pass!  It’s that easy!  The winner will be selected and announced by Veeam on July 30.  So what are you waiting for?  Comment away!!

Extra chance:  Also, Veeam will be giving away one more full conference pass to a random user who’ll answer three questions correctly at http://go.veeam.com/play-veeam-trivia.html

vBrainstorm will be at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco!

VMworld 2015 is right around the corner in San Francisco and vBrainstorm.com will be there as an official blogger of VMworld!  What can you expect?  All the announcements made at the keynotes will be reported and summarized here.  We will be meeting with some of the vendors to report on their products.  These reports will be blog posts as well as videos.  We will also use Periscope for some live video reports so make sure you check us out there.  It should be a great week of virtual goodness and fun so stay tuned!

Shawn Cannon – vBrainstorm Blogger

Infino : An VMware Cache Acceleration kit, in a Virtual box

This year at VMworld, I was able to attend the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable.

At the VMworld Tech Field Day Roundtable, I thought that Infino offered a great value add to those of us that have more than one hat in our job role. Today I am going to give you an insight to what the product is, how it gives you nearly instant results, and show you can how you see the value.

Infino is VMware acceleration in a box. Setup is as easy as downloading the application, agreeing to the license agreement and walking through the wizard.

  1. Connect to vCenter
  2. Choose Datastore
  3. Verify Accelerator Resources
  4. Setup Infino Management
  5. Install Infinio Accelerator
  • Importing Management VM
  • Configuring IP settings
  • Synchronizing with vCenter
  • Deploying And Configuring Accelerator VMs
  • Install Complete
But wait, what did we just install? What is Infinio? It is a shared Memory Cache. All hosts share a single cache, deduplicated and stored once. 
Here we have it, the dashboard shows your value.

First let’s dig into : Storage boost and Requests Offload.

Storage boost shows you the boot gained, and the number of disks it would take to provide the same boost.

Requests offloaded shows the number of requests that never had to go to disk, and the trend of those requests.

Wait I brought up deuplicated cache, whats does that mean?  This should deduplicated workload’s with VM’s that have like memory set’s.

It shows you the Current, 1.3x Physical memory Cache size deuplication, with a 2x physical Memory 14-day peak.

Let’s not forget Datastore Response Time improved, Requests Offloaded, and Bandwidth Saved.

As you can see in the line graph’s, the product is providing I/O, therefore, lowing the latency, on the array.

My Impression of the product is this:

Infinio is all about providing a product, that you use, easily; without a knowledge expert, or a block of professional services from your var.

Need a use case?

If you are under the gun to provide performance in a environment that is growing, or it has increased demands. The product has the ability to be deployed fast, and without any hassle, and you get to see the results. Why is this important? A lot of IT Admin’s or System Admins have little time, and need to be able to be agile. I know, as I am a Admin in that role.

Thoughts and Comments? I plan on getting more time with Infinio in the future. Expect more to come!

I also wanted to share the Tech Field Day video coverage.

Roger Lund

Solid Performance, with a Solid Name: Welcome to Solidfire.

I had the chance to meet with the CEO and Founder of SolidFire Dave Wright while at VMworld this year. Who is SolidFire? Well, I will overview that and share a interview I had with Dave shortly.

Solid fire is a all-SSD Architecture platform, that scales and uses raid-less data protection. But if you ask me, what set’s them apart on the SSD arena; I will answer with the QOS.

“Quality of service is not a feature. It is a architecture.” They go in to state it is ” the only way to deliver guaranteed storage performance in public and private cloud infrastructure”  source
http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/

The ability to set levels of service is critical in the service provider space. Min, Max and Burst IOPS per volume for example.


QOS Demo Video

As you can see below, the system can really push out the IO the numbers.

As you can see, fairly straight forward on the hardware side, however, I would recommend dedicated switching.

Source http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/

What else? Add features like a array solutions,  VMware , openstack, to name a couple and multitenancy reporting but I won’t touch on this today.

I’ll wrap up with a interview of me personally interviewing Dave, Owner and founder of SolidFire.

My Thoughts?

Need a top tier, with extreme performance? Need QOS? Need multitenancy? There are a Solid reasons to consider SolidFire when looking at Storage. Now if I could get a unit in my lab…

Thanks

Roger Lund

ystem Examples*

Cluster Size 5 Nodes 20 Nodes 40 Nodes 100 Nodes
Effective Capacity** 60TB with SF3010
108TB with SF6010
173TB with SF9010
240TB with SF3010
432TB with SF6010
692TB with SF9010
480TB with SF3010
864TB with SF6010
1.4PB with SF9010
1.2PB with SF3010
2.1PB with SF6010
3.4PB with SF9010
4K Random IOPS 250,000 with SF3010/SF6010
375,000 with SF9010
1M with SF3010/SF6010
1.5M with SF9010
2M with SF3010/SF6010
3M with SF9010
5M with SF3010/SF6010
7.5M with SF9010
kW at max IO Load 1.5 kW with SF3010/SF6010
2.2 kW with SF9010
6 kW with SF3010/SF6010
9 kW with SF9010
12kW with SF3010/SF6010
18 kW with SF9010
30kW with SF3010/SF6010
45 kW with SF9010
Rack Units 5RU 20RU (half rack) 40RU (full rack) 100RU

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/solidfire-storage-system/#sthash.ccyH5XwR.dpuf

Fine-grain, per-volume settings

SolidFire’s QoS functionality lets cloud providers set and control the fine-grain performance levels for every volume and guarantee application performance with firm SLAs.

  • Min IOPS – The minimum number of I/O operations per-second that are always available to the volume, ensuring a guaranteed level of performance even in failure conditions.
  • Max IOPS – The maximum number of sustained I/O operations per-second that a volume can process over an extended period of time.
  • Burst IOPS – The maximum number of I/O operations per-second that a volume will be allowed to process during a spike in demand, particularly effective for data migration, large file transfers, database checkpoints, and other uneven latency sensitive worklo

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology//solidfire-element-os/guaranteed-qos/#sthash.rIuGPn5K.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

– See more at: http://solidfire.com/technology/qos-benchmark-architecture/#sthash.aTLD0AKs.dpuf

VMware vSphere 5 product line is now available for Download

 

 

 

Yellow-Bricks had a early blog post stating that the VMware vSphere 5 product line is now available for download.

Download it now… vSphere 5

Added Aug 25, 2011, By Duncan Epping with 6 Comments

The wait is finally over… I’ve noticed many people on twitter craving for it so I figured it wouldn’t harm anyone if I would provide the links to the download page. Here are the links to the direct page of ESXi and vCenter

Evaluation Guides:

What’s new whitepapers (release at launch last month):

By the way, did you know there were over 140 new features in vSphere 5.0? Check out my article on the VMware vSphere Blog for a full list and for a nice contest / challenge!

(edit 09:00 – added links to VSA, Zones and Data Recovery)
(edit 10:53 –  added eval guide links)”

 

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Thanks Duncan Epping for taking the time to put the above togeather.

My Self, like the test of you, can’t wait to dive in.

 

Of note, I see that the licensing upgrade will not be available until next week.

 

Roger L.