Archives for October 2012

Oct
31

Trick or Treat: The Urban Myth of the Monster VM

Today is the perfect time to bring up the urban myth of the Monster VM. Like the Sqautach and the Loch Ness Monster, the Monster VM is only seen in secluded areas. While apart of me believes that they all exist, it’s highly unlikely I will see any of them. Seeing one virtual machine consume a million IOPS seems so far off and very unlikely.

I would call VDI and cloud environments, “A Death By A Thousands Cuts”. The aggerate consumption of IOPS\bandwidth, CPU and RAM and the fluctuation of these varaiables is real scary part of building sustainable\scalable infrastructure. Having 300 VM’s one day and then 1,000 VM’s the next is the monster of today.

Buying traditional server-storage architecture commits you to a plan that does not allow the adaptability that is needed in todays market place.

“When plans meet the real world, it’s not the real world that will yield to your plan; you must adapt whatever you’re doing to the circumstances truly at hand” – Steven B. Levy

Battle the real monsters today, while giving your self the room to maneuver the next obstacle in your path.

Oct
25

Interactive VDI Design Workshops with a Fed Guru and a Cold Canuck

Jason Langone(Fed Guru) has already started this week delivering VDI Workshops on the East Coast and I(Cold Canuck) will start mine week of November 5th on the West Coast. These workshops hold lots of technical knowledge that you can walk away with. Load balancers, Pod design, all the way down to picking the right client. Seating is limited limited so much sure you sign up as soon can. More events are being added including, Calgary, Seattle and Denver. Check back to see the finalized dates for new events.

Click here: A Full listing of Workshops

Oct
22

Analyzing the Traditional Approach to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Jason Langone

A great short video explaining poor design characteristics of a Traditional Storage Solution for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Jason’s 1st video and hopefully many more to come.

Oct
16

Giving the Google Goodness to the Enterprise

Giving the Google Goodness to the Enterprise in a ultra dense solution. 4 nodes in 2U’s is meh, it’s a game changer when that includes your enterprise storage.

W. Curtis Preston interviews Sudheesh Nair, VP Sales for Nutanix, at VMWorld 2012 Barcelona. They talk about the Nutanix motto of virtualization infrastructure without SAN. SAN and NAS was never designed for virtualization in general. Three things changed recently: Flash, virtualization has become the de facto standard, and x86 has become commodity hardware. Nutanix is bringing those 3 things together and providing an infrastructure for VMWare. They discuss Nutanix’s ability to scale out.

Oct
15

VMware View Single Namespace with F5

If you’re going to deploy multiple pods in the same data centre or have multiple VMware View sites you should take a look at this video because you will want the functionality.

Oct
15

Squeezing the Last Drop for VDI and HPC – Nutanix’s Replication Factor

So I apologize in advance to the Nutanix Support team. The beauty of Nutanix with its Google like file system, NDFS(Nutanix Distributed File System) is the ease of use with performance. A distributed architecture that scales and massive parallelism at 25,000 IOPS a block is a lot to handle but some people are just plain greedy. If you see the work that Jim Moyle has done with Windows 7, you realize a Win 7 desktop will eat as many IOPS it can get it’s hands on.
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Oct
11

Hadoop Terminology Cheat Sheet

I found this slide from a Cloudera deck and thought it would be great to share. Hadoop projects and terms can get kind of confusing with all the different animal references that seem to used.

Both Cloudera and Horton Works have great resources for learning Hadoop and are making advances in availability and reliability. I hoping to start a HPC\Hadoop section on this blog.
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Oct
10

Two VMware View KB’s – HPET & Storage Accelerator with PowerShell Is A No Go

The first KB I find interesting but I thought I should post the second one because of my blog post on shutting down and bringing up a View environment for time sharing. Apparently if you use PowerShell to do update your pools the Use host caching option in the pool’s Advanced Storage Settings tab gets deselected.

Having HPET enabled in a Windows 7 virtual machine can cause View Agent to become unreachable

View Storage Accelerator becomes disabled when using Powershell to update Automated Pool

Oct
10

#EUC Tip 82: Be the Hunter – PCoIP

Tip 3 from BriForum slide deck was all about making sure your giving PCoIP some your priority on the network. If you don’t set QofS for PCoIP all your traffic gets set to scavenger class since the traffic is UDP based. PCoIP is a real time protocol just like voice and video, small hiccups can negatively affect user experience. Large amounts of bandwidth doesn’t mean you’ll have good a experience.
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Oct
10

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 – Dheeraj Pandey – A Honest Look at the IT Land Scape

I have lot of respect for Dheeraj in both his vision and his sense of reality. Listen to Dheeraj’s take on Oracle’s messaging, the Fortunate 500 to Global 10,000 and what makes Nutanix’s vastly different from it’s competitors.