Filling In With Flash – Tintri Offers Smaller All Flash For Hungry VMs

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In 2015 we finally saw VVOLs start to roll out, yet VVOL support varies widely and so far hasn’t been as impressive as we’d have thought. Perhaps VMware’s own Virtual SAN stole some of their own show, but more likely spotty VVOL enhancements just haven’t leveled the playing field with enterprise grade VM aware storage like that from Tintri. And in fact Tintri is still running away with the ball having rolled out fast all-flash solutions earlier this year (at 72 and 36TB effective capacity).

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A Shift To Enterprise Features For Big Data Solutions: Notes from Strata/Hadoop World NY 2014

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I had a blast last week at Strata/Hadoop World NY 2014. I got a real sense that the mass of big data sponsors/vendors are finally focusing on what it takes to get big data solutions into production operations. In fact, in one of the early keynotes it was noted that the majority of the attendees were implementing software engineers and not necessarily analytical data scientists. Certainly there was no shortage of high profile use cases bandied about and impressive sessions on advanced data science, but on the show floor much of the talk was about making big data work in real world data centers.

I’ll certainly be diving into many of these topics more deeply, but here is a not-so-brief roundup of major themes culled from the 20+ sponsors I met with at the show:

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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations — Virtualization Review

An IT industry analyst article published by Virtualization Review.

Infrastructure is evolving for the better, making the job of the admin easier in the long run. Here are five ways it’s evolving to work at the VM level.

article_adaptations-of-the-infrastructureIt used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

But the virtual admin still has to translate what each VM requires, going beyond direct-server resources into the specialized domains of other IT infrastructure silos. While silos have traditionally pooled rare expertise to optimize expensive resources, in today’s virtualized world, silos seem to offer more friction than leverage. Here are five ways infrastructure is evolving to work at the VM level.

  1. TAKE 1
    VM-Centric Storage.

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Converged Infrastructure in the Branch: Riverbed Granite Becomes SteelFusion

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With today’s rebranding of Riverbed Granite as SteelFusion, Riverbed is prodding all branch IT owners (and vested users) to step up and consider what branch IT should ideally look like. Instead of a disparate package of network optimization, remote servers and storage arrays, difficult if not foresworn data protection approaches, and independently maintained branch applications and IT support, simple converged SteelFusion edge appliances sit in the branch to provide local computing performance but work on “projected” data that is actually consolidated and protected back in the data center.

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Snakes in the Data Center: EMC ViPR Slithers In

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Storage experts know that there are two ways to handle crushing data growth – the kind of growth that exceeds our traditional scale-up storage array capabilities (in one way or another). The bad way is to keep plopping down more copies of those arrays which tends to spiral OPEX out of control – there isn’t as much OPEX efficiency at scale as we might naively think.

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Enterprise Storage Projected to Branch Locations: Riverbed and IBM Team Up

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I just had the pleasure of sitting with Rob Whitely from Riverbed and Michelle Tidwell from IBM to discuss their jointly validated solution that combines IBM enterprise class storage in the data center with Riverbed Granite in branch locations. Together, the result is as if you had enterprise class storage in each branch location, but really all data is managed and protected in the data center.  And each branch gains resiliency to network failures and local storage performance. 

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5 Ways Storage Is Evolving

An IT industry analyst article published by Virtualization Review.

Be sure to take advantage of these storage industry trends.

article_5-ways-storage-is-evolvingWith its acquisition of Virsto, VMware certainly understands storage as usual doesn’t cut it when it comes to dense, high-powered virtual environments. This technology addresses the so-called “I/O blender” effect that comes from mixing the I/O from many VMs into one stream on its way to external shared storage. It does this by journaling what looks like highly random I/O to flash. Then asynchronously sorts it out to a hard disk. This is more optimization, though, than game-changing storage strategy.

Here are five broad trends in the storage industry that you can take advantage of today.

  • TAKE 1 Flash
    Flash has certainly changed the storage game. There are many ways it’s applied — at the server (such as PCIe cards from Fusion-IO, EMC XtremIO), in the network (such as Astute), or in the array (such as pure flash and hybrid storage from just about everybody). To make the most of your flash investment, keep an eye on factors like where high performance will have the best impact on the applications for which it’s best suited.
  • TAKE 2 Hyperconvergence
    We’ve all seen pre-packaged “converged” racks of servers, storage, networking, and hypervisor platforms from vendors such as VCE, Dell, and HP. These can be great deals if you want a single source and low risk when building a virtual environment. However, the storage isn’t necessarily different than what you’d get if you built it yourself. In some ways, running a virtual storage appliance is a type of convergence that architecturally shifts the burden of hosting storage directly onto your hypervisors. Taking things a step further are hyperconvergence vendors like Simplivity, Nutanix and Scale Computing. These collapse compute, storage and hypervisor into modular building blocks that make scaling out a datacenter as easy as stacking Legos. Purpose-built storage services are tightly integrated and support optimized and highly cost-efficient VM operations.
  • TAKE 3 VM Centricity


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VMware Adds Hadoop into vSphere with Big Data Extensions

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VMware announced vSphere Big Data Extensions this week, which might at first seem to be just a productizing of some open source Hadoop deployment software, but if you dig in a bit you can see that the big future of Hadoop might just be virtual hosting, a big shift from its intentional commodity server roots.  And this puts VMware on top of data center workload trends towards scale-out computing apps and offering everything “as a service”.

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Virtualizing Browser Apps – Mobolize Makes the Web Work Offline

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It’s really a quite interesting way to optimize browser-based users. Mobilize‘s product line is CacheFront, which as it sounds puts an enhanced secure cache on endpoint “browsers” to minimize network bandwidth and of course increase end user performance. The newly announced CacheFront Express seems to be a pretty cost-effective way to improve end-user productivity when users are impacted by consolidating data centers, relying on SaaS solutions, or are highly mobile.

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Deep and Broad – Following IO from VM through SAN with Virtual Instruments

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Recently we had the pleasure to conduct an in-depth field study for Virtual Instruments (VI) in which we got to interview, without interference, six of their large enterprise customers spanning verticals including technology, manufacturing, retail, telecom, financial services and government. The results were both expected and surprising. Expected because we knew that Virtual Instruments is delivering infrastructure performance solutions designed to help identify and troubleshoot IO issues deep down into the protocol level in the SAN and then up and across arrays on one end and physical or virtual machines on the other. No other vendor does what they do (as the clients all testified) to provide critically important management and visibility across the complex SAN environment. Basically these clients advised us that if you have mission-critical services that depend on storage, you’ll find VI indispensable in meeting service levels and optimizing infrastructure.

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