Archive for January, 2010

Unified Computing System with Unified Storage

Posted on January 30th, 2010 in Data Center, Server, Storage | 1 Comment »

Unified had become a key word today, and what does it really meant for everyone? It is similar as the phenomenal Cloud Computing 2 years ago.  We had seen the storage vendor are moving from FC SAN, ISCSI SAN, NAS to a unified storage today. What a unified storage does today are providing all the storage protocol standard in the market in a single box. Vendor such as EMC and Netapp had their Unified storage to support this today and proven to be performing and user are happy with it.

Beside unified storage, we are looking forward for unified computing system for the server compute platform too. Cisco had moved ahead of their competitor to bring this to the world and it is 1 fo the great platform that get attraction and adoption worldwide. Cisco UCS or Nexus 5000 both provide the unified I/O capabilities and allow us to transform the data center architecture today. Beside consolidating LAN and SAN into 1 with FCoE, the more interesting capabilities that get attention by us are the switching capacity.

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Cisco NetApp VMware Announce First Secure Multi-Tenancy Solution

Posted on January 30th, 2010 in Announcement, Industry News, Server, Storage, Virtualization | No Comments »

In respond to the VCE alliance which had been gaining famous in town, NetApp had officially launched the VCN alliance yesterday to provide the 1st secure multi-tenancy solution worldwide to the potential customer. This alliance partnership are slightly different from VCE as there will not be a join venture company to sell this solution in 1 part number. They are targeting to sell this solution through the certified partner worldwide.

You can have a full view about the VCN alliance details from here.

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Security Hardening reference guides for VMware vSphere 4

Posted on January 27th, 2010 in Tips, Virtualization | No Comments »

Just found this from Duncan’s blog today and I think is important to share with every VMware administrator. The security hardening reference guides are available from VMware now. You can read the full details from here. I will suggest all the VMware administrator to read this and consider to implement the necessary configuration to secure the virtual infrastructure. These documents are not final yet and still in draft version but I do find it is helpful for everyone to understand and consider about the security hardening from every aspect.

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Simplify Setup and Configuration for Cisco UCS vs Traditional Blade

Posted on January 27th, 2010 in Data Center, Hardware, Server | No Comments »

I was tighted up with the cloud computing event we run in KL and Penang last week. It also the 1st time that the Cisco UCS showcase to the public in our event. Of course the demo and staging unit were setup by myself with my close buddy from Cisco Malaysia. The 1st time I unpacked and setup the box, it really surprised myself because it does not require special skillsets to understand too much about the architecture. Of course, I did went for a 4 days boot camp previously for Cisco UCS, but they did not show us step by step to setup and configure the UCS box from scratch. Anyway, to setup the UCS 6120 HA cluster, it take me less than 8 mins from the console CLI. I will suggest anyone of you who are preparing to setup this Cisco UCS, to have the Serial to USB converter ready as most of the business laptop today will not support serial ports. It require console connection to both unit of UCS 6120 for the 1st time to enable the UCS Switching cluster. Once is done, you can access the UCS Manager with the right virtual IP you had enabled in the UCS switch cluster.

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Install Windows 7 on Cisco UCS blade with USB key

Posted on January 19th, 2010 in Hardware, Server | 2 Comments »

As I am setting up the demo for our event tomorrow, I had actually install 1 of the Cisco UCS blade to run with Windows 7 64 bits. The Windows 7 contains 2 x Intel Xeon R5540 with 48 GB memory. Before we could install the machine with USB key, we need to connect the console cable that come with Cisco UCS package which allow VGA, console and USB ports to be connected to any of the UCS blade.

This picture show the live running Cisco UCS with console connector

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