Now that we have the high-level benefits or reasons to consider Hyper-V 2012 R2 and Nutanix lets get into some of the configuration detail..
My beginning like most started with VMware virtualization. Back then the enterprise was a baby and I was painfully trying the feed it..
So in the VMware Community podcast this week we got to talking a post that Massimo wrote about how he sees the storage path of the future. You should and can check it out here. I understand it’s a general interpretation of something that is not yet something we can implement as he lays it out but it shows that he is thinking outside the box. I really like where his head. While I read the post it got me to thinking as well but it was too much to comment on his post so I decided to do a post as well on pretty much the same topic but with my own spin on it.
I just wanted to show some simple testing results from using ioTurbine. The environment consists of a HP BL460G7 blades which has a 320GB IO Accelerator from FusionIO.
So, continuing on a post I did for the PHD Virtual backup and recovery solution, which can be used to protect your VMware vSphere environment I wanted to give more detail on the replication and export features of the product. It doesn’t have to be said but backup and recovery is key in any data protection suite. Now if you can couple backup and recovery with replication and provide a means to transfer that critical backup data to a remote location for disaster recovery (DR), you’ll have a much more complete solution.
Earlier this month Tintri did a survey that asked customers about what challenges they faced with virtualization and more. The full article is can be found here. It was clear from the survey that the most significant hurdles to virtualization expansion were with storage.
Sprawl is a big issue across nearly all areas of IT. Server virtualization aims to combat server sprawl and reduce the physical footprint of servers in server rooms and data centers. It’s simple math: more consolidated systems on a lower number of higher capacity systems equals less server hardware. This works well for most systems and many have been able to reduce the footprint of their server hardware. Server virtualization has also made it easy to provision infrastructure and deploy systems in minutes rather than hours, days, weeks or months.
One of the most important and well received features of the new vSphere 5 release, Storage DRS, automates I/O and storage capacity management, while making VM provisioning much easier. Though admins need to continue to manage storage tiers and provision enough performance capacity in each datastore cluster, this new feature is a significant step forward. Some of the features that Storage DRS brings to the table.
This week I got to talk with Ed Lee - Architect and Chris Bennet - VP Marketing both over at Tintri about the new VMstore storage array for VMware virtualize environments. They walked me through the product and gave sort of a deep dive into what the product does and what sets this storage array apart from what’s available today. I’ll point out some of the features that sets them apart from other vendors and then some future things they’re looking at improving with the product.
Here is a solution that I have configured, worked with and feel provides an adequate solution for server virtualization in those locations where blade servers are not a good fit. Don’t get me wrong I love blade servers but from a cost model they don’t always make financial sense to buy costly infrastructure if your not going to use it. So this is for the smaller medium deployments of server virtualization that could also scale if the environment grows