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vCloud Director Convergence and Transition Plan

Very good blog post regarding how vCD will be integrated with vSphere and vCAC…..

So it seems vCD is being phased out of Enterprise customers with vSphere handling the cloud infrastructure and vCAC the automation and cloud management.

It sounds like vCD will become a VSPP product specifically aimed at service providers…..

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VMworld 2013: Next-Gen Backup

So during my searches online for all things VMworld related, I stumbled across this interesting blog entry by VirtualGeek regarding backups….. always a bane of any VMware admin!

It seems that EMC and VMware have shacked up once again and the new features on Avamar 7 shows a tighter integration with vCenter…. it even looks like it’s using a vCenter web-client extension that we saw with VDP (not surprising since VMware took Avamar’s algorithms, so why shouldn’t EMC take stuff from VDP?).
The self-service recovery portal looks surprisingly similar to the VDP version (albeit with more functionality).

The demo showing Avamar working together with Data Domain to fire up a VM from within the DD storage was pretty impressive – EMC call this “VM Instant Access”!
Basically DD will be used as a backup target for Avamar (with Avamar itself determining whether to push the data to DD or to an Avamar grid – usually high changing data is sent to the DD), the VM will be restored via a NFS datastore mount from within DD itself.
Looks very simple and very effective…. especially since after firing up the VM in the mounted datastore, you can just simply Storage vMotion it back into your production environment!
Simple, Instant Access! =)

The Backup-as-a-Service demo was pretty interesting regarding how they use the vCHS and Avamar for BaaS…. whilst not fully released yet for production, it gives a good insight into what’s possible and the direction both VMware and EMC are taking.

Finally the Avamar and vCOPs/LogInsight integration demo was very cool……. vCOPs is a great management tool which I try to encourage all my VMware customers to buy and use…… having the Avamar integration would be very beneficial as you get a single dashboard which will show not only the health of your VMware environment, but also the health of your backups!
And with the integration you will also get to see all the metrics for Avamar (GB protected, dedupe, VM backup related information, etc) alongside all the usual VM metrics that comes as standard with vCOPs.

 

BTW, no keynote session on Day 3 of VMworld….. so pretty much most blogs are re-enforcing what was talked about during the first 2 days….. Seems day 3 was pretty much vendor related with a lot of people checking out what NetApp and EMC had to offer. A lot of blog entries about VNX 2 and MCx…..!

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VMworld 2013 announcements – vCloud Suite

So there are times when a blogger becomes just pure lazy (ie this is one of those times), so rather than regurgitate everything I’ve been reading today that came out of the first 2 days of VMworld, I thought it would just be far easier to link to a blog that pretty much sums up what has been announced.

http://www.wooditwork.com – Justin Wood’s Blog

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10 most influential bosses in the storage arena

Quite interesting article on The Reg regarding the 10 most influential bosses in the storage arena…..

Surprised at seeing the CEO of Dropbox in the top 10….. as well as the CEO of Amazon and Facebook’s Open Compute Project at 7 & 8….. I guess cloud computing and cloud storage is really coming into the fore now!

Dropbox is pretty much used by most people in the IT industry to share large presentations and software…. great handy tool!

Amazon have pretty much commercialised the aspects of ‘cloud computing’ which explains why they’re there…..

And Facebook are pretty much leading the way with non-vendor specific hardware (although quite surprised Google aren’t listed as I’m sure they’re in the same boat as Facebook with building their own piece-meal hardware and they have vast storage requirements).

Violin Memory’s inclusion over the likes of more established storage vendors like IBM and NetApp is really interesting – especially since they mainly sell all-flash arrays. Then again, I supposed they’re currently one of the ‘innovators’ in the flash-array market and have been making big waves in flash-array tech…..

Not surprised that NetApp aren’t on there as frankly they haven’t innovated for a long time and in my opinion haven’t really impressed the market with some of their OnTap products (ie Clustered OnTap), but really surprised at seeing HP at No. 6 given how they let their EVAs and StorageWork portfolio decline over the years (although I believe they’re trying to rescue the division with the acquisition of 3Par). Again, I would have thought IBM would be on there considering their new Storwize V7000 arrays have been receiving decent praise (then again we don’t go up against IBM much as if a client is pretty much a ‘Big Blue’ house, they tend to be pretty closed off to other vendors!).

No surprise to see Joe Tucci – CEO of EMC – as No. 1….. no other CEO has overseen the recovery of such a big giant and gone on to make such clever acquisitions (DataDomain, Avamar, VMware, Isilon, XtremIO, Greenplum). I wonder what the future holds for EMC… they’re already No 1 in so many different product areas (data dedupe, storage, virtualisation, etc)… You have to wonder who’s next on their acquisition trail!

Another name missing from this list is probably Samsung…… Aren’t they the leading manufacturer of flash memory and SDRAM? Pretty sure I read that they are looking at entering the PCIe Flash-storage cards soon!

 

Anyways, interesting times ahead in the storage arena……. I guess the next big move would be to link server-based PCIe flash storage with back-end flash-based storage arrays!