Archive for the ‘Virtualization’ Category

Storage Professionals Group on LinkedIn

May 26th, 2009 2 comments



So the Storage Professionals Group started as storage, virtualization networking group on LinkedIn about a year and a half ago. Over this year, the group has grown phenomenally and has just surpassed 5000 members.

It did take about 12 months to grow to 2000 members but the last 3000 members came in over the past 4 months. As the economic challenges continue, people rely on social / professional networking sites to promote their public profiles and get involved in social networking groups to hunt for new opportunities.

Storage Professionals is a group of 5000+ members with strong storage, virtualization backgrounds. As we all know these days, part of every person’s resume is a link to their public profile (LinkedIn), a blog address and possibly addresses to publically connect to them.  

The Storage Professionals Group is growing at an average of 30-40 members a day.

These social media groups open up opportunities to network with all the group members, without having a connection to them. In short, if you are looking to connect / email to any of the members, it’s an open door to do so.

Please read the group details below.  


To Join the Storage Professionals Group:


Storage Professionals Group Description:

Group of Data Storage Professionals – SAN, NAS, CAS, DASD, Cloud Optimized Storage (Cloud Computing), Virtualization that follow trends and products from leading manufacturers like EMC, HDS (Hitachi), HP, NetApp, 3Par, Data Domain, Pillar Data, VMware, Citrix for Service, Support, Product Features, Networking, Jobs, Message Board, Discussions, Blogs. Storage Engineers, Storage Architects, Datacenter Managers, SAN Implementation Specialist, Storage Managers join to discuss issues and projects related to Storage. If you are certified on EMC, VMware, HP, HDS (Hitachi), NetApp or are an Industry leader or visionary please feel free to join this group.

Group Discussions:


Over the past 7 days:

21 New News Articles

38 New Discussions

250+ New Members


Group News:


Job Board:

More than 50 Job postings over the past 7 days


To Network with the 5000+ Group Members:


To connect to me on LinkedIn:


With this group we are currently looking for active members to be group managers that would promote various activities within the group. If you are an individual and would like to explore this, please feel free to email us at devang @ storagenerve . com

Happy LinkedIn’g!!!!

EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems: FAST & VIRTUAL

A must read, blog post on FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) and the V-Max Technology at Gestalt IT. The post focuses on the current marketing efforts from EMC related to the V-Max technology, the current state of the technology and the vision behind this technology.

EMC Symmetrix Management Console (SMC – For Symmetrix V-Max Systems)

The Symmetrix Management Console is a very important step towards allowing customers take control of their Symmetrix V-Max Systems. With the new Symmetrix V-Max comes a new version of Symmetrix Management Console allowing customers to manage their EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems through a GUI web browser interface with tons of new added features and wizards for usability. 

The Symmetrix Management Console was developed back in the day as a GUI to view customers Symmetrix DMX environment, over years it has evolved more to be a functional and operational tool to interface the machine for data gathering but also to perform changes. EMC Solutions Enabler Symcli is a CLI based interface to the DMX and V-Max Systems, but the SMC complements the CLI by allowing customers to perform more or less similar functions through a GUI. The looks & feels of SMC also resemble ECC (EMC Control Center) and customers sometime refer it as a ECC-lite (SMC). 


EMC Symmetrix Management Console in action monitoring EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems

Some of the important features and benefits of the SMC for V-Max are listed below:

1)    Allows customers to manage multiple EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems

2)    Increase customer management efficiency by using Symmetrix Management Console to automate or perform functions with a few set of clicks

3)    The Symmetrix Management Console 7.0 only works with Symmetrix V-Max systems

4)    The Symmetrix Management Console is installed on the Service Processor of the V-Max System and can also be installed on a host in the SAN environment.

5)    Customers can now do trending, performance reporting, planning and consolidation using SMC

6)    SMC will help customers reduce their TCO with V-Max Systems

7)    It takes minutes to install. Windows environment running a Windows Server 2003 along with IIS would be the best choice.

8 )    The interface the customers work on is a GUI. It has the looks and feels of ECC and the Console also integrates with ECC.

9)    New Symmetrix V-Max systems are configured and managed through the Symmetrix Management Console.

10) SMC also manages user, host permissions and access controls

11) Alert Management

12) From a free product, SMC now becomes a licensed product, which the customers will  have to pay for

13) It allows customers to perform functions related to configuration changes like creating and mapping masking devices, changing device attributes, flag settings, etc

14) Perform replication functions using SMC like Clone, Snap, Open Replicator, etc

15) SMC enables Virtual Provisioning with the Symmetrix V-Max arrays

16) Enables Virtual LUN technology for automated policies and tiering.

17) Auto Provisioning Group technology is offered through wizards in SMC

18) Dynamic Cache Partitioning: Allocates and deallocates cache based on policies and utilization.

19) Symmetrix Priority Controls

20) From the SMC, customers can now launch SPA (Symmetrix Performance Analyzer), this is more on the lines of Workload Analyzer which is a standard component of ECC Suite. This allows customers to view their storage & application performance & monitoring. SPA will can be obtained as a Add-on product from EMC based on licensing.


Virtual LUN Technology in works using a wizard

21) The SMC gives the customer capabilities for Discovery, Configuration, Monitoring, Administration and Replication Management.

22) SMC can be obtained from EMC Powerlink or through your account manager from EMC if you have an active contract in place with EMC for hardware/software maintenance or if your systems are under warranty.

Highly recommended management tool for SAN Admins and yea it’s not free anymore for V-Max Systems.   

To read the previous blog post on Symmetrix Management Console, as it relates to Symmetrix DMX-3 and DMX-4 machines.

A nice technical post by Steve Todd on V-Max and Symmetrix Management Console

A post by StorageZilla on Auto Provisioning Groups with SMC

Note: Both the pictures in this blog post have been derived from EMC’s Symmetrix Management Console Data Sheet.

Administrative Post and some Symmetrix V-Max discussions

April 26th, 2009 No comments

The past couple of weeks have been very busy for me related to work. Saw tons of announcements come out from EMC, VMware, Oracle, Sun, etc. My reading on those articles only made it to the headlines and a few paragraphs thereafter.

Today was a good day to catch up on all the blog readings. I have in excess to about 50 blogs I subscribe to. It has been very hard to read all the posts over the last two weeks. But today caught up on about 110 various blog posts from different storage / virtualization industry bloggers. 9 hours of nonstop reading.

Earlier this month, I changed my blogging platform from Blogger to Word Press. During the change, lost about 40% of the readers subscribed (feeds) to the blog.

To subscribe to StorageNerve Blog

Read a bit about ORACLE-SUN, I am still confused about the entire bid, but Steve Duplessie did put a nice twist to the Sun purchase by Oracle, here…

Now to jump into V-Max…… all blog posts from The Storage Anarchist, StorageZilla, Chuck Hollis, Chad Sakac, Powerlink and EMC V-Max page. Just amazing storage-techno stuff to read, I have committed to another 20 hours of faithful reading this week on the V-Max architecture and then write some blog post about it.

One thing I noticed with the V-Max blog post, every EMC blogger has been quite humble talking about the technology. On the other side, quite offensive stuff flying around from HDS and NetApp about the V-Max. Sorry I haven’t read any comments on any of the post, so can’t make a complete judgment.

I am sure you have read about the latest EMC announcement on V-Max, here is where you will find all the info…..

Technical Post / Articles

The Storage Anarchist


Chad Sakac (VMware/EMC/Cisco)


EMC V-Max Landing Page



Chuck Hollis

Dave Graham

Some independent Bloggers have done a great job to overall summarize the Symmetrix V-Max announcement, here as referenced by Barry Burke.


Sometime in Feb 2009, I had written a blog post about expectations with EMC DMX next generation technology.

Did come quite close to predicting what the new set of architecture would look like, including Directors, Cache, IOPS, Drives types, Release dates, Cost offerings, GA enginuity code, Scalable Architectures, Controller Consolidation to include local memory, processor speed, EFD sizes, SMC console and associated Symapi, SMC friendless (templates, wizards), new conceptual design of mirror positions, virtual provisioning, power savings, Ethernet based connectivity to V-Max Service Processor, VMware Native Integration, Support for various RAID types that would enhance the product, policy based work flow automation, some support for FCOE in the future and a radical design change.

Things where I went wrong, the possible model numbers included DMX, Disk drive physical size (2.5 inch), PowerPC chip, no bin file, global memory, 8GB I/O interface, native support for Deduplication (I am sure you can stick a Celerra in front of a V-Max and achieve it).

Looking at the current GA Symmetrix V-Max product, I really did not expect the technology to go as far as EMC has managed to take it.

But that said a lot of hype has been around the V-Max architecture itself. One of the marketing buzz words is around scalability with hundreds of V-Max engines, 1000’s of TB’s of data, etc. At current GA, the product is scalable to 8 V-Max engines supporting 2 PB of storage and 2400 disk drives. EMC has been successful atleast in the first phase to sell the V-Max technology. With the current GA you are buying a future technology, not a technology that is currently in the product. Still not sure and haven’t been able to read on how the Virtual Matrix will connect the Physical V-Max Engines as they will span across geographies or even through larger datacenters.

Talking to various different customers over storage and storage technology, everyone feels pretty comfortable talking about HDS AMS, HDS USP-V, EMC Clariion, Compellent, Pillar Data and 3Par, but I still see customers struggling to talk about Symmetrix DMX, DMX-2, DMX-3 and the DMX-4 from a management and usability perspective. Will the V-Max change it all?

I would highly recommend a trip if you can to go to EMC World 2009. It will be great to see the V-Max in action along with the latest Celerra, CX4’s, Atmos, Cisco UCS and V-Sphere.