Archive for the ‘Storage’ Category

Microsoft Cluster on VMware ESX 4.1

Posted on January 6th, 2011 in Server, Storage, Tips, Virtualization, vSphere | 6 Comments »

To deploy Microsoft Cluster on VMware ESX 4.1 is not new thing, you may need to choose the right storage protocol in this case. According to VMware best practices, on Fiber Channel SAN will be supported with the current version. You will need to present the Share Storage via FC LUN to build the microsoft cluster in VMware environment. ISCSI & NFS both are not supported in this case.

You can view the Official VMware Documentation from here.

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Dell offer buy out for Compellent

Posted on December 20th, 2010 in Industry News, Storage | No Comments »

Who is Compellent? May not be famous in our country, but it been 1 of the best SAN solution out there is Others region. They had also participate in the latest VMware vforum 2010 event through the local distributor this year in Kuala Lumpur. Since dell lost the bid to HP for taking over 3PAR Storage solution, many of us had predicted the next move DELL could target would be Compellent. Not a bad choice I will say as DELL do need visionary technology team who can drive the enterprise storage business for them in the long run.

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Simplify DR replication in Virtual VS Physical

Posted on November 26th, 2010 in Data Center, Operating Systems, Storage, Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

I had gone through numbers of interesting discussions with the users I met in the past which talk about the disaster recovery plan in their current and future environment. DR is not a new topic for every enterprise environment, but it is always important for the enterprise environment to have DR in place due to business critical and compliance purposes.  While virtualization continue penetrate into enterprise environment by taking mission critical workload, Disaster Recovery solution become a must to be consider which may require users to redesign their DR solution.

Traditional legacy or standalone environment, we often realize there are many solutions perform replication from primary data center to DR center via host base, storage base or image base replication. All of them has the pros & cons depend what is the objective of the specified DR project users are looking at. DR consistency and usability during DR scenario & practices always the biggest challenge in every IT department today.

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Does VMware vCenter Storage Plugin Really Matter?

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 in Storage, vCenter | 5 Comments »

I have a discussion about VMware vCenter Storage Plugin during VMware Hitachi boot camp today.

As I know EMC have EMC Storage Viewer, EMC Celera SRM Failback Tool & EMC Celera SRM Failback Tool and NetApp have Rapid Cloning Utility (RCU), Virtual Storage Console (VSC), SnapManager® for Virtual Infrastructure & SANScreen® VMInsight vCenter Plugin. I’m not going to discuss about the vCenter plugin features here.

Does vSphere admin really need VMware vCenter Storage Plugin?

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Storage De-duplication

Posted on October 20th, 2010 in Data Center, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization | No Comments »

Storage de-duplication is not a new term in the IT industry. It had been a while since few years back. Many users are confused with this term. Same goes to the Cloud Computing.  Every Storage vendor will claim they have the de-duplication solution today, but they are different from each others as we know.

General de-duplication solution:

  1. Primary SAN de-duplication
  2. Appliance target base de-duplication
  3. Host base de-duplication
  4. Software base de-duplication

I may had missed out some of them, but these should cover majority of the de-deduplication solution in the market today.

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