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Federated hybrid cloud with vCloud director 1.5

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 in Announcement, Data Center, Hardware, Industry News, vCloud, Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

VMworld 2011 had focused a lot on private and hybrid cloud computing environment which address the concerns from enterprise over the public cloud offering in the market today. One of the key highlight during the event was the new capability over vCloud director version 1.5.

With vCD 1.5, you can now manage both private and public as a hybrid mode from the administration with secure federated. It allow you to subscribe, manage, relocate and provision anywhere you prefer, could be internal infrastructure or public cloud provider you choosen and manage in same console. I went through the hands on lab session for this topic and found the setup was great.
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NFS advantage over SAN in cloud computing

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 in ESXi, Hardware, Industry News | 1 Comment »

Went through a session of sharing this morning from the federal goverment about the development and testing as a servic cloud computing in real deployment for experience sharing. The session was interesting with details architecture sharing how it was deployed by the presenter.

One of the key area they highlighted was the stoage protocol they choosed, which is NFS rather than iscsi and FC SAN, which was mainly due to the flexibility of volume shrink or resize that could support on the fly. I am agreed with their statement as personal thought, for large scale deployment, NFS are much easier to manage compare to Iscsi and FC environment.
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Intel Xeon E7 New Tech line Refresh bring 10 Cores and 20 Threads per CPU

Posted on April 8th, 2011 in Announcement, Hardware, Industry News, Server, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

Intel had officially announced the latest Intel Xeon E7 family which bring more cores, more performance per CPU compare to the previous 8 cores processors in the market today. This is great news to the IT users especially cloud vendor, users or anyone who are the virtualization adopter. This will allow you to further scale out the amount of physical memory and computing power by reduce the physical foot print and management require.

here is the latest Intel Xeon E7 Data sheet. You can view the full copy over here.

Once again, I believe the consolidation ratio will be significant increase in most of the virtualization project in future.

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Cisco New Generation UCS Servers Range with Intel E7 Chipset

Posted on March 31st, 2011 in Announcement, Hardware, Industry News | No Comments »

Cisco is going to launch the new generation Blade and Rack mount base machine which will bring another major changes to the x86 open system again.

According to the link here www.theregister.co.uk,  it should able to push the total memory up to 1TB per 2 U machine in single chassis. The C260M2 will come with 2 x 10Gb Ethernet and 4 x gigabits NICs, which is very sufficient for most of the deployment today on stand alone or virtualize environment. Cisco claimed it will ship the B230 M2, B440M2 with Intel E-7 base chip set. Once again, I am very excited for this to reach the market as it will transform the server infrastructure and virtualization infrastructure deployment in the future.

You can read more from the original post here.

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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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