Archive for January, 2011

From Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Desktop Transformations

Posted on January 21st, 2011 in Tips, Virtualization, Workstations | 2 Comments »

Virtual desktop or legacy desktop both are not new in the market. We had spent a lot of efforts and times to study the possibilities to execute VDI for the working environment or clients, but often found that VDI are not the high value items that business may considers. I had learnt from some experts and able to understand little bit more by changing the angle to re-look : – ” What is Virtual desktop infrastructure meant to business?”

Honestly speaking, VDI solution could cost more compare to traditional desktop deployment. Cost saving will not be the selling point for this solution with business users, and IT team will not be the key decision maker to adopt on this. Similar to cloud computing, the target audiences are required to go beyond from IT group only. Business will be the 1 who pay the bill at the end of the day, and IT will be responsible to execute the solution for business enabler.

A VDI project will hardly catch interests or attentions from business users, but a desktop transformation will change the whole thing. I would rather not to talk about brand, hardware or etc while dealing with business users about VDI topics. They are more interesting to know how it could transform the current user experiences to the next level. If you are still thinking the VDI will only be accessing your desktop from pc, laptop or thin client, you are on the wrong path. A virtual desktop should always available & accessible anyway at anytime with Applications and Data.

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Unified Storage is the way to move forward for Enterprise IT

Posted on January 21st, 2011 in Data Center, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization | No Comments »

Unified Storage………Sounds new to you? or sounds familiar to you? No right or wrong answer here, but it had become the dream of every storage vendor to offer this to their client especially in mid range, enterprise and virtualization environment. I remembered Netapp was the 1st started this, follow by other competitors in the market.

What is unified storage?

A single platform support multi-protocol such as FC, ISCSI, NFS, CIFS, FCoE and etc. It also support file, volume and block level data access.

You will able to get the unified box from either Netapp, EMC and HDS in the market now.

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Cisco Transforms Rack Mount Server with UCS integration

Posted on January 21st, 2011 in Industry News, Server, Tips | No Comments »

The recent release firmware for Cisco UCS version 1.4 had enabled the support of new blade B230M1 and C series rack mount server integration allow server management from UCS manager. This is a big major changes to the IT market today. Now you will enjoy service profile functionality similar to blade system in Cisco UCS even though if you choose to deploy a rack mount base solution. Not every environment will go with blade system only, therefore Cisco UCS C series rack mount solution integrate with UCS manager is important. It is interesting to monitor the respond from others server vendor such as HP, IBM, DELL, SUN and etc  for this major improvement.

Here is the sample screen shot

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Next Generation EMC Mid Range Storage VNX

Posted on January 18th, 2011 in Announcement, Storage, Tips, Virtualization | No Comments »

Mid Range storage is getting more exciting from time to time due to large scale virtualization and cloud computing adoption worldwide.

Today I had read through Virtual Geek blog about the exciting new product range coming soon in the near future with scale out architecture more than 100 cores for CPUs in storage controllers and more than 1000 Drives in total which call VNX. You can read more details from here. I am absolutely excited about this new product range which will transform the traditional mid-range or enterprise storage to the next level.

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Network Card Driver failed ESX host with DL 585 G7

Posted on January 18th, 2011 in Server, Tips | No Comments »

Recently there are couple of issues I had faced on the latest DL 585 G7 server which installed with ESX 4.0 Update 2. The common problem reported by couple of users are same which could potentially caused all the network traffic dead off for the entire ESX host. The even worst case could be happen and cause Purple screen to the ESX host. The current solution is to either update the NICs driver with the latest version, but I will suggest to disable all on board NIC and replace with either Broadcom and Intel Gigabits adaptor. This will isolate unnecessary issues which I had not seen in others servers brand.

Please refer to the VMware Forum Here for the confirmation on bugs with multiple users who experience the same issues as I did.

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