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Vmworld 2009: Day 2, 1st of September 2009

September 2nd, 2009 No comments

So the day started with Paul Maritz general session early AM today.

Then joined the Press / Analyst / Blogger Session hosted by Dan Chu of Vmware, Inc

See the notes below from the session

Dan Chu opened the Press release session, he heads the VMware’s vCloud initiative.

vCloud Initiative

Paul Maritz

Spoke about workload distribution

Partners like Verizon Business, ATT, Savvis, Terremark

Move apps in the cloud based on business demands

New 1000 service providers being added

Three main components of vmare vcloud initiatives where partners fit in

Ecosystem

Content

Technology

Ecosystem Partners

AT&T (Cloud Hosting)

ATT Services; Steve Caniano: VP Hosting and Cloud Services

ATT addressing things like Networking, Security, Performance, Reliability

Services called AT&T Synaptic Hosting

Services AT&T Storage as a Service (SaaS)

AT&T looking at Public, Private, Hybrid and Use Case clouds

Vmware: Dino Cicciarelli – Demo of workload migrations

Great vmotion within multiple data centers: SanJose to Sacramento

Savvis (Tiering)

Savvis Corporation:Bryan

Demo of Project Sprit

Industry first virtual data center with Tiering based on SLA’s

Verizon Business Services (Security)

Kerry Bailey, SVP Global Services

CaaS: Computing as a Service

Terramark

Vcloud Express

Manuel D. Medina: CEO Terremark

Jason Locchead, CTO Terramark

Demo of vCloud Express

Content Partners

SpringSource (Vmware)

Rod Johnson, CEO Springsource

Application deployment in the Cloud

RightScale

Micheal Crandell, CEO Rightscale

The next in line was the VCE (Vmware – Cisco – EMC) Super Session by Chad Sakac, Ed from Cisco and Scott from Vmware. It was great to see the new vision of the cloud (both private and public) and things that Vmware – Cisco and EMC are doing around it.

Joined the Solutions Gallery along with thousands of other people on the floor. Finally met @sunshinemug @sfoskett, Alex McDonald from NetApp, @dvallente along with a some great other folks from the Storage industry.

Headed to dinner with @edsai, @hpstorageguy @lynx_bat @tscalzott. After a Healthy dinner (burger and fries) headed to the Storage Tweetup at the B Restaurant and Bar @ Moscone.

It was great to finally meet everyone from the Storage Industry there,  @RayLucchesi @DellServerGeek @sanpenguin @spinmasterjp, NetApp’s Alex Mcdonald, @3parfarley @hpstorageguy, @dvellante: @sunshinemug @storageio @siliconvalleypr @sfoskett @StorageNerve @edsai.

(STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES FROM THE STORAGE TWEETUP: I WILL PROVIDE THE LINKS)

The day came to an end at around 2 AM, with the last meeting with Brad O’Neill from TechValidate. This guy is smart!!! Some great Venture Capital talk and his current and past involvement with TechValidate, Stumbleupon and PolyServ.

Stay tuned for more coverage for Vmworld 2009 Day 3.

Vmworld 2009: Day 1 – Monday 31st August 2009

September 1st, 2009 No comments

Finally end of another long day at Vmworld 2009. Though the day started a little late since registration was already done yesterday, things have been busy since arrival this morning.

Heard about some issues with the VMware labs this morning, was planning to attend the SRM lab, but looking at the lines outside those labs, it’s next to impossible to enter one of those. Best bet, is to create a test environment at home with all the equipment where you can practice various aspects of Vmware.

After lunch headed to the partner sessions, heard Paul Maritz, Carl G, Raghu R on the stage talking about various aspects of Vmware partnerships and possible new products being released over the next few months.

Pictures from Partner Session

Picture of Harry (CEO of Compugen, Canada), apparently Harry & Compugen are also a customer of ours.

Vmword 2009 - Harry Compugen


Harry from Compugen chatting on stage with Carl from VMware

Vmworld 2009: Harry

Meetup some other Twitter folks later in the day, it was great to associate faces with twitter names.

Then started the Vmworld 2009 Solutions Gallery at around 5:30 PM. Lots of food, drinks on the house. Its impossible to cover all the booths in one night, but as the day progresses tomorrow and get some time, can go talk to some folks about certain virtualization technologies – vertical products that we may be able to use.

The picture of 1% crowd at Vmworld

Twit’ed this picture live from the floor, check it out

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Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Switch on the Solution Gallery Floor

Cisco 9506 DIrector Switches

Cisco Nexus 7010 Products

Cisco 7010 Nexus

Dinner at California Kitchen House, highly recommended Pizza’s joint, it was awesome food.

Then went to the tweetup session at the B Bar arranged by the Twitter folks. Meet several known faces there and also some great new introductions.

Then had a chance to talk to @texiwell @ericsiebert @sakacc @vaughn_stewart and many others. Overall a great day, 20 hours of non stop excitement.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s day, the early AM Paul Maritz speech and then a ton of new announcements scheduled. Check out the twits realtime on the StorageNerve.com blog under the VMWorld 2009 section on the top.

Vmworld 2009: Sunday 30th August – Day 0

August 31st, 2009 No comments

So Vmworld 2009 officially starts tomorrow (Monday).

Today was the day to socialize with folks, partners, some VMware folks, some EMC folks and tons of customers.

After a 6-hour flight this morning, got to San Francisco. Registration for Vmworld 2009 was open today, had a chance to catchup on the possible classes & labs to attend.

See some pictures of Vmworld 2009 here

Feel the heat as you enter the Vmworld North Building
Xsigo, Symmetrix V-Max, Cisco Nexus roaring and dispating heat

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Cicso UCS Products

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While walking around, found a rack of Cisco products with amber lights, may be some maintenance work going on it.

Cisco UCS 1

A Close look

Cisco UCS

The V-Max’s Proudly Standing

EMC Symmetrix V-Max

Then later in the day meet up with @edsai and went to the Thirsty Beers hosted by a bunch of Vendors including Nexanta, Veeam, and many more.

Had a chance to hookup with some familiar faces on twitter @jasonbouche @scott_lowe @duncanyb @vseanclark @rbrambley and many more. See the pictures from the Raffle sponsored by the vendors.

The Party

vmworld 2009 - thirsty beers party

Evan Powell – Nexanta, CEO

Evan Powell - Nexanta

Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe

Other Pictures

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Took 10 more pictures, but seems like they are damaged and couldn’t upload it to the site. The Blackberry camera doesn’t work always….some other pictures includes those of @vseanclark @theronconrey @jtroyer, some veeam folks, etc.

Then later meet up with some EMC folks, specifically @davegraham and folks from @sakacc group.

Anyways stay tuned for Day 1 of Vmworld 2009 tomorrow with some technology post.

Taming the Storage Budget Beast

August 24th, 2009 No comments

Phil Goodwin

Some economic experts think that the economy is improving – or at least getting worse less fast. Let’s hope so. But for all you IT managers, the budget situation for the rest of 2009 and 2010 is likely to remain tight. Storage, which is consuming an increasing share of the CapEx budget, will be heavily impacted. Nevertheless, business continues – you need to address growing data volumes and increasingly stringent SLAs without increasing headcount or CapEx. Lots of platitudes available about doing more with less – insert your favorite here. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies for coping. Obviously, the best choice to make-do with what you have without sacrificing results or the budget.

Listed below are four steps to making the most of what you have. But first, a little math. According to The InfoPro, average array utilization in data centers is just 35%. The average storage growth rate is pegged at 50% compounded annually by some accounts. Thus, an “average” IT organization could last fully two years before hitting 80% utilization, the top end of the best-practice range. Of course, the trick is finding and enabling that storage. Now for the steps.

Step 1: Find out what you have

In contrast to The InfoPro numbers, user surveys report 70%-80% utilization. Who’s telling the truth? Probably both – the discrepancy is how you measure the numbers. Utilization can be measured by data written to disk (which might explain The InfoPro numbers), by storage provisioned (which might explain the user numbers) or other measures. The problem is, few users go through the laborious task of measuring every LUN, adding them together and doing the math on a regular basis, regardless of the measurement. Even fewer have visibility across the enterprise to generate a comprehensive number.

In the mainframe world, nearly all shops have a storage resource management (SRM) tool. In UNIX/Windows environments, very few do. Yet, SRM products can give – and maintain – utilization data essential to optimizing storage. A good SRM tool not only aggregates data and gives visibility across the enterprise, but drills down to find out which LUNs are over-provisioned and which are over-utilized. Of course, they can do much more, but unlocking 10s or 100s of TB of available space alone makes them worth the effort.

Step 2: Adopt thin provisioning

Nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 storage array vendors currently support thin provisioning. Lots of good resources on the Web to explain thin provisioning if you’re not familiar with it, so we won’t digress here. Bottom line, thin provisioning allows you to pool all the over-provisioned storage and makes it available to every application on an as-needed basis. No more guessing as to how much storage to provision to a given LUN and no more LUN-shrinking and expanding exercises.

Now, I can guess what you’re thinking: “OK, smart guy, I’ve got more than 100 TB of storage and hundreds of applications. How do I get from ‘thick’ to ‘thin’ without a major disruption to the organization?” First, select a “thin aware” file system. “Thin aware” file systems are essential to staying thin over time. Without one, a “thin” file will become fat over time and requires manual intervention and downtime. Second, look for a data movement tool that works across any operating system, is storage hardware independent, and can move data from “thick” to “thin” online (no app downtime) and can automatically reclaim the unused storage. Between the two, you’ll get thin and stay thin, technologically speaking. Can’t help with your waistline, though.

Step 3: Implement deduplication

Deduplication is one of those immediate-impact schemes to free up storage space. The biggest offender of duplicate storage is backup and recovery (B/R). By the very nature of B/R, we back up the same stuff over and over. Dedup appliances can address the issue, but add another layer of devices to manage in the data center and add more storage to it as well.  A better solution is to have deduplication integrated directly with your B/R app, that can work at a global level (such as remote offices, data centers, and virtual servers) so that it’s never stored in the first place.

Step 4: Archive unstructured data

The bane of a storage manager’s existence is obsolete and orphaned user storage. E-mail is often the main culprit. Trouble is, manually removing it costs more in human effort than it saves in disk space. Fortunately, there are products out there that can automatically move this data to the archive storage of choice. Best of all, you get to set the policy regarding time frame, size or whatever other criteria you decide to trigger the movement to archive. All of those duplicate PowerPoint presentations will be consolidated in to a single instance. Once archived, the data should still be fully discoverable for legal requirements. The users still have full access to the data. It may take a few seconds to recover, but recover it will without tracking down tapes in a vault. Oh, by the way, did I mention it would dramatically reduce your B/R window as well? No need to backup the same thing over and over.

None of these steps are dependent upon the others. Any of them will extend the life of your current storage infrastructure. Taken together, you may be able to ride out the current economic downturn without buying a single MB of additional capacity.