Archives for August 2012


VMware running embedded on a Flash Array – Violin signs an OEM agreement

This announcement just showed up in my inbox. I really want to see how it’s architected. Hopefully on the weekend I can dig into this a bit see what is going on under the hood.

Today, 1.35 million IOPSsigned an OEM agreement with VMWare, embedding vSphere natively on Violin’s Flash Memory Arrays, helping customers achieve a fully virtualized data center. This is one of the many steps Violin has taken to apply the benefits of flash create specialized application acceleration appliances like Virtual Database-in-a-box, Private Cloud-in-a-box and VDI-in-a-box.

At noon today, Violin will also announce an ESG Labs test validating Violin’s ability to deliver 1.35 million IOPS for virtualized mixed workloads on VMware vSphere, and scale up to 10,000 virtual desktops on a single array using VMware View.

The numbers are numbers but direction for embedded hypervisors is the interesting part. More local storage happening.


VMware and Nutanix Give Wings to Hadoop

Nutanix has the fortune and misfortune of being thought as strictly a platform for VDI. I am glad that they serve the VDI market or else I probably wouldn’t have heard of them. Nutanix has many benefits, one of which is that their value proposition is based on software. Local controller VM’s on each node give commodity local storage(if you can call Fusion-IO commodity) SAN like abilities in the form of their file system NDFS. Where I am going with this? Hadoop.
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Xangati Launches StormTracker for IT Shops

Today Xangati unveiled StormTracker, In-memory detection sub-engine integrated into their current analytical Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD). For me this is missing link to compete with vC Ops for View. I always thought XMD was a great product but it wasn’t idiot proof. I had the feeling with XMD you had to be fairly smart to understand all the metrics and the impacts on your environments and come up with your own resolution. XMD always had the ability to record events and replay them back so you could catch related impact areas, but this might be a little much of a ask for a help desk staffer. I think StormTracker has fixed this gap and it’s in-memory detection system should lead to quicker analysis for your helpdesk team.

The reason why we all watch the weather channel is:

• We are Weekend Warriors – Everyone cares what is going around that could affect their daily routines. We want some type of plan that we can follow that won’t get us rained out when we are planning a party. StormTracker offers insight into performance issues that could be the result of capacity issues. You don’t want to be stuck in the office fixing things when you could be enjoying your weekend.

• We don’t have a degree Meteorology – Does air pollution meteorology, global climate modeling, hydrometeorology, and numerical analysis sound like fun terms? Nope! Making sense of weather patterns, history of past events, correlating and coming up with something meaning full is hard work. StromTracker has the ability to generate remediation recommendations for specific storm and trending analysis on storm frequency and severity.

Dark clouds highlight storms
Your able to see storms comprehensively across all vCenters

The pricing is totally the opposite compared to the vC Ops for View list price. So it should be interesting to see how VMware responds, if they do. My only beef with StormTracker is the GUI. Not saying I could do better but the circles look something out of first year geometry class (I have to beat these guys up a bit).

Check out the Press Release over at their website and Pictures of new management features.

More Independent thoughts on the new software

Wahl Network


One Backup To Rule Them All – vRanger 6.0

Quest Software today announced vRanger 6.0, giving the ability to back up and restore physical Windows servers along with virtual. While the product isn’t GA yet good to see one piece of software for both worlds.
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10 things in AD that can hurt your Application and Desktop Virtualization efforts and how to fix them

One of the best sessions at BriForum 2012 came the way of Carl Webster. Lots of prep-work and material at the ready for the audience. Carl used four separate test environments for his session, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012.

While I think Carl spends a lot of time with Citrix the content is valuable for everyone, View, XenDesktop and for PC lovers a like.

You can find a copy of his presentation at the bottom of the page. THE GOODS


Violin + Symantec Relationship: Validation of Market Direction

Violin and Symantec have formed a partnership to provide data management for Violin Memory arrays. Violin a pure flash\speed play was sort of in a niche market providing the juice to overcome the last mile of virtualization or databases that provide ROI +/- a lot of trailing zero’s for Business Intelligence systems. With Symantec providing their IP for data protection, Violin will get snaphots, thin provisioning, full-disk encryption and de-duplication. [Read more…]


#VDI Tip 76: Script the Clean Up Tasks or Be Forced To Hand Hold

Working on “Golden Images” is tedious task when it comes to clean up. If you’re doing routnie work like Windows Updates, you really don’t want your top dollar guys working on keeping the images update. To make sure all the steps are followed for your environment create a little script to make sure all the steps are followed. This is will also prevent you from getting lazy before shutting down your golden image.
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EUC KB Articles for Week Ending 7/21 /12

VMware View Manager
Icons do not display correctly when accessing a View Desktop using PCoIP (1020132)
Date Published: 7/17/2012
Setting up the Kiosk mode using the vdmadmin command with a MAC address fails with the error: Failed to perform clientauth operation (2013037)
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#VDI Tip 75: Use Private VLAN’s For Your Virtual Desktop Subnets

Use Private VLAN’s (PVLAN) with a secondary VLAN that is Isolated on a vNetwork Distributed Switch(vDS) to help prevent spread of malicious malware and viruses. This applies the your virtual desktops are on a different subnet than your connection servers and the rest of your data-center equipment. Desktops in the same Isolated PVLAN are not able to be seen by the others, except the selected ones in the promiscuous PVLAN. See no Evil, Hear no Evil?!?!?! Or is that the other way around 🙂
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