My Move to VMware: The Road Ahead

vmwareI am happy to announce that I’m joining VMware as a Storage Solutions Architect. Although I am a little sad to leave my prior employer (High Availability Inc.), I am very excited for what the future holds.

 

I will be focusing on… yes, you guessed it, Virtual SAN. For those that know me, you know that this is “my thing”. I am one that makes educated decisions and calculated risks, and joining the VSAN team during these exciting times is a move I’m more than happy to make.

As a partner, I’ve seen the growing interest on VSAN as well as its adoption on businesses of all sizes. Having been part of large VSAN implementations in the past, I am looking forward to focusing on this technology, and expanding my knowledge base on all things VMware.

I would like to thank Steve at High Availability Inc. for being a super cool boss, and I wish them the best on their fast growth as a top notch VAR.

I’m looking forward to working with old acquaintances such as John Nicholson and Pete Flecha (Virtually Speaking Podcast guys), as well as the rest of the VSAN team.

 

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VMworld ’16 TFDx: PrimaryData

pd_logoAt VMworld 2016 TechField Day extra, PrimaryData announced the launch of DataSphere allowing for simplified management and orchestration, as well as increased application uptime, and ability to scale out any storage vendor.

To be honest, I was not familiar with PrimaryData before TFDx; however, I can see say that there is a future for this technology.

What does PrimaryData bring to the table?

Well, to put it in simple terms, PrimaryData does to storage what VMware did to compute. Yes, PrimaryData virtualizes the data and is able to decouple the data from silo storage arrays, allowing admins to move data between different storage vendors with little to no downtime. PrimaryData is a software solution, so it can be deployed as an OVA or on physical hardware.

This is very powerful, in my humble opinion. I have spent the last year and a half moving customers from NetApp 7-mode to clustered mode. If the customers run VMware, then moves are as easy as a storage vMotion, but other workloads for NAS and SAN can be tricky, mainly because customers are not allowed to have downtime. Although NetApp has a tool called 7MTT, it is ok for basic moves, but not very user friendly to the point where customers require PS in order to be able to use.

I would love to see PrimaryData involved for NetApp migrations. I think this will make the adoption to clustered mode more enticing, faster, and easier.

Aside from migrations, you can look at this solution as a way to tier your data among different vendors and types of media. You can do automatic tiering based on objectives, and the software is smart enough to move your data for compliance of such objectives, whether it is on different storage vendors or the cloud.

PrimaryData works with VMware’s VSAN AND VVols, how cool is that?!?!?

Definitely check them out. This is a technology everyone should keep their eye on…

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Check out their TFDx presentation here

 

VMworld ’16 TFDx: Ops view of Docker

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I was fortunate to participate at VMworld’s 2016 Tech Field Day (extra (TFDx)). One of the presenters was Mike Coleman from Docker.

This presentation was, in my opinion, properly steered towards the correct crowd to get docker in the operations side of the house. Docker has been around for a while now, but the adoption seems to be solely focused on the developer side, which is fine, but the operations side needs to buy into it, if Docker wants to bleed into Enterprise and SMB environments.

Once you deploy an app, the developers build task is completed and now becomes an operational task, aside from updates and such.

This is a great presentation for those that keep hearing about Docker, but have not had the time to read up on it. Starting from a 101 of what Docker is, how it is deployed, and tools to manage.

Few highlights:

  • Containers are not VMs
  • Containers share Kernel
  • VMs are houses (own plumbing, own electric, etc)
  • Containers are Apartments (shared resources like plumbing)
  • Docker engine runs on top of OS
  • It can be run on Physical or Virtual

 

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Again, whether you are a Docker newbie or just curious, you should definitely check out this presentation about Docker.

You can find the Docker videos at the Tech Field Day Website

 

VMworld 2016: What to expect

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So this year’s VMworld is NOT in San Francisco. For some is a relief, for others a bummer that is in Vegas. If you haven’t been in Vegas you may be excited, but if you have been there, you know it is a 3 day trip max. At least it is for me.

The city that never sleeps it’s not New York, is Vegas, really! Not only is the city alive at night, but VMworld 2016 is jammed packed with activities [parties] at night and sessions and networking during the day.

You may have noticed that sessions are heavy on SDDC. Why? Because it is awesome, just like VSAN. More and more businesses have to do more with less, and SDDC helps them achieve that. Definitely check out the VVOLs sessions. Navigating Mandalay Bay is pretty easy, especially if you are staying there. But even if you are not, nearby hotels are connected to each other so you don’t have to go outside to a 100 degree scorching heat.

One of the activities I am very excited about is Tech Field Day. This is the first year I’ll be participating as a delegate, so I am really looking forward to it. There will be a good group of storage vendors presenting, so make sure to join the live stream.

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You will have access to a lot of VMware resources, as well as other techies like us; so make sure to network and talk to the experts.

See you next week…

Veeam Steps Up Game

Yesterday, Veeam made some announcements about their strategy as well as their product portfolio. Veeam is gaining market share rapidly given its plethora of features offered.

The announcements include:

  • Veeam Availability Console/Platform
  • Veeam Agents
  • Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 features
  • Sneak peek of v10
  • New Products

The Veeam Availability Platform will tie up all the great features and products that Veeam is introducing, including Orchestrator, Availability Console, Availability Suite, etc.

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One of the great features introduced in my opinion, was in regards to ReFS support. This advanced ReFS integration will allow for faster and reliable backups, reducing the backup time dramatically. Synthetic full backups using ReFS, use pointers to the original blocks rather than copying the changed blocks, reducing both storage needed and time for backups to complete.

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Veeam Availability Orchestrator: Introduces DR orchestration via DR plans, automated testing, and reporting capabilities.

Veeam Availability Console: Gives Cloud Providers and Enterprises the ability to manage remote offices from a single console.

Veeam Agents: Wait, What? Yes, Veeam introduced agents in order to fulfill one of the most requested features. Being able to backup PHYSICAL Windows and Linux endpoints, workstations, and servers. You can backup directly to your cloud provider or your datacenter.

Veeam ONE 9.5: Now includes a chargeback capability for enterprises and service providers. This feature is available for VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Last, but not least. My favorite addition. Veeam can backup your O365 email to your datacenter. Nuff said…

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