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  • FULL DETAILS: EMC’s new VNX and VNXe ranges
    Pack and the Total Protection Pack Software in these collections has been renamed the VNX Series Software but comprises familiar EMC products click on the image to see a larger version The document we ve seen makes no mention of speed but does offer some hints about how the new devices boost performance Fiber Channel over Ethernet connectivity is included and several mentions are made of increased use of solid state disks and practises that resemble tiering hierarchical storage management and information lifecycle management the latter topics have been EMC staples for nearly a decade Many mentions are made of Atmos which EMC currently bills as a tool to create storage systems at petabyte scale as the technology enabling the unification of file block and object storage On the disk side the new systems support SAS and NL SAS but fibre channel drives have been shown the door VNXe series While the market expected an announcement of a CLARiiON and Celerra replacement the release of the VNXe will come as a surprise to many The range starts at less than US10 000 and comprises two devices click on the image to see a larger version Competitive positioning EMC believes its new products line up well against competitors but the document we have seen is at pains to compare the VNX range with NetApp s FAS 3000 and 6000 series IBM s XIV and HP s recently acquired 3Par range The VNXe is compared to Dell s EqualLogic HP s MSA P2000 and NetApp s FAS 2000 For what it s worth here s how EMC sees the new products places in the market click on the image to see a larger version click on the image to see a larger version EMC is running an effort called operation MOJO to take the new products to market and has adopted the slogan refuse to lose The company says that at launch it will need to quickly convert current CLARiiON and Celerra prospects to the new VNX and VNXe range Virtualisation Virtualisation is a big focus for the launch as the new products have been tuned to support VMware and to be easy to use in virtual environments The documents we ve seen mention three scenarios as very likely uses for the VNX range Those scenarios are Virtualizing Microsoft Applications with VMware vSphere Implementing Oracle in a VMware Environment Implementing Virtual Desktops with VMware View The VNXe range is also said to be useful in virtual environments for two reasons Virtualizing Microsoft Applications with VMware Essentials Virtualizing Microsoft Applications with Hyper V SearchStorage ANZ will bring you more news of the new products as it becomes available Dig Deeper on Primary storage and storage hardware All News Problem Solve Advantages of using an object storage system Dell storage products roadmap includes server flash primary dedupe EMC sees bright future for hybrid SSD cloud models Hitachi Data Systems moves into unified storage architecture with HUS Load More View All Dell storage products roadmap

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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Primary storage and storage hardware - Page 3 - SearchStorage.com.au
    SAN Learn the differences between iSCSI and FIber channel and how the choice will impact the performance and capabilities of your first SAN December 16 2008 16 Dec 08 Vendors not yet sure what Flash is for Storage analysts and vendors say they are not yet certain of solid state storage s long term roles October 10 2008 10 Oct 08 Solid State Disks The little known third variety We conclude our look at solid state drives by revealing a third type of SSD and a very different role for the technology October 09 2008 09 Oct 08 Is solid state disk reliable Part two of our solid state feature looks at the reliability of solid state drives and their role in enterprise storage October 08 2008 08 Oct 08 Solid State Disks The details Simon Sharwood explores the technology used inside solid state disk drives August 28 2008 28 Aug 08 Can solid state disks wear out Solid State disks are supposed to be more reliable than their mechanical cousins But some say they can wear out Who s right August 06 2008 06 Aug 08 New Clariion overlaps with Celerra scales almost as high as Symmetrix EMC has launched its new Clariion arrays which now do many of the same things as its Celerra NAS and scale close to its high end Symmetrix The company denies these similarities point to product consolidation July 14 2008 14 Jul 08 Thin provisioning will beat storage virtualisation Analysts from IBRS and Ovum say that Thin Provisioning is the next big thing in storage June 06 2008 06 Jun 08 Enterprise array vendors contradict Seagate s 2 5 inch drive roadmap Seagate says its new 2 5 inch drives will make their way into enterprise arrays by the end of 2008 But 2010 is the earliest any of the vendors we spoke to say they will use them in their arrays May 30 2008 30 May 08 Hard drive review Samsung 64 GB SATA II solid state drive We review Dell s XPS M1330 with Samsung s 64 GB SATA II solid state drive insde February 26 2008 26 Feb 08 Moonwalk adds S3 access Australian storage management company Moonwalk has made Amazon Web Services S3 just another tier of storage in the latest release of its software 1 2 3 4 ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a

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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Primary storage and storage hardware - Page 4 - SearchStorage.com.au
    yet reliable enough to form the infrastructure it will use as the basis for a tripling of its storage pool May 31 2007 31 May 07 Blades heat up cooling issue Dense deployments of blade computers and the virtualisation and consolidation that drive their adoption are creating new challenges for data centre managers If your storage lives there read on to understand the new power and heat issues you ll May 02 2007 02 May 07 From the console to the data centre Not with this little hardware Blu Ray and HD DVD have storage capacity and plenty of it But have the tools to put those admirable qualities to work reached the market May 02 2007 02 May 07 From the console to the data centre What can you buy We ve learned that only one vendor plans a Blu Ray jukebox But if you simply MUST have some Blu Ray kit what s out there April 30 2007 30 Apr 07 From the console to the data centre Blu Ray and HD DVD are making waves in games consoles and video shops But do they also have something to offer your business Simon Sharwood explores in part one of a three part series April 11 2007 11 Apr 07 Has MAID got it made Massive Arrays of Idle Disks MAID are a green archive alternative that supporters say boosts tiered storage and information lifecycle management So why isn t everyone using it March 04 2007 04 Mar 07 Everything Google knows about disk failure Google has released a paper analysing the performance of over 100 000 disk drives and concludes that the machines may not fail for the reasons most assume causes disks to die February 26 2007 26 Feb 07 Immature storage industry working its issues out online IDC Storage industry giants may not be the ones to solve your storage problems says IDC s top storage analyst October 31 2006 31 Oct 06 Five years until FAN s a hit Brocade Australia File Area Networks FANs will take around five years to become a ubiquitous piece of enterprise storage infrastructure according to Graham Schultz Brocade s Country Manager for Australia 1 2 3 4 ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in

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  • Vendors can’t just talk storage any more
    s also one of the reasons HDS introduced its Unified Compute Platform But while Mikkelsen believes that discussions about storage alone are no longer useful to customers he believes that discussions about the capabilities of storage appliance remain extremely important Data growth means data stores have reached a size at which people cannot manage it he said citing one customer whose data blew out from 30 terabytes to one petabyte It is incomprehensible anyone can manage a petabyte without help from the array You need to get the storage computer to do it The key function he feels arrays should offer undertake is tiering The next wave is dynamic tiering he said citing thin provisioning and solid state disks as the last two technologies to advance storage management But one technology Mikkelsen is a little cooler on is cloud computing a term he feels has been applied to so many ideas that it has become overhyped That s not say Mikkelsen does not believe in the cloud or the data centre consolidation technologies that are making it possible It cloud is a clever term for what has been going on in the industry for a while he said It s become an umbrella term Organisations that expect clouds to be a magic bullet may therefore be disappointed Any company with multiple applications will have multiple levels of security and so on Private cloud infrastructure needs to be able to identify with that and doing so may not always be easy He also expressed reservations about public clouds If you are an established data centre you will be slow to adopt public clouds he said It s hard to pinpoint a use case that fits given the investment in data centre infrastructure and supporting tools covering issues like security Dig Deeper on Storage virtualisation software All News Problem Solve VMware CEO Paul Maritz on the role of storage in the virtual world How to install Hyper V storage disks HDS and EMC s unified plans ridiculed by 3Par Backup software and VMware Six products compared Load More View All VMware CEO Paul Maritz on the role of storage in the virtual world HDS and EMC s unified plans ridiculed by 3Par Backup software and VMware Six products compared vSphere and storage The ultimate guide Load More View All News How to install Hyper V storage disks DAS vs NAS vs SAN Which is best for virtual storage Using Windows Server Backup and the Diskshadow for Hyper V backup How to install and operate VMware Data Recovery Manager Load More View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more

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  • HDS and EMC's unified plans ridiculed by 3Par
    alluded to was a whole bag of empty Of course the another possibility is that the internal work is going fine and this is an stand alone additional product line Either way the timing of NotApp ByCost gives me a wry smile given length of time between object strategy PR statements to actually starting doing something let alone the GA GD date of the final solution NotApp err NetApp is also pretty up front this week saying that it would require the suspension of most critical faculties to say either HP or EMC have anything like unified storage Storage Sanity is also pulling no punches this week labelling most competitive tests conducted by vendors a lousy lazy and professionally embarrassing marketing practice Musings of Rodos also speaks plainly by offering us his observation that My word of the day yesterday was Cloudwashing as he constantly sees vendors taking something old or existing and just label it Cloud How often are you seeing that Some aged managed service now turned into a Cloud Service Blunt reaction to HDS The bluntness continues in the blogosphere s reaction to HDS re entry to the server space as mentioned by Michael Hay 3Par s Marc Farley declares HDS marketing strategy is to copy its rivals making the new unified computing play dull He does at least offer us the cool graphic below StorageBod meanwhile reckons stacks are the new must have item for any self respecting infrastructure vendor And if you don t have one you d better announce one just in case Elsewhere things tone down a bit Preston de Guise looks at running NetWorker on OpenSolaris Emulex offers some commentary on future networking options So does Stephen Foskett a bit with this piece wondering what Microsoft is doing about FCoE and this one about networking nomeclature Scott Lowe works in similar territory analysing multi hop FCoE and then RCoE too Online Storage Optimization looks at the evolving role of dedupe and Modern Backup gets into some arguments about dedupe vs compression via the SNIA dictionary The Storage Architect offers the inevitable gosh that volcano in Iceland has made me think twice about disaster recovery piece and does so very competently Ray On Storage wonders about the role of storage trade shows after visiting SNW USA Insider stuff Some nice insider stuff this week thanks to Information Playground s tale of how he picked up an EMC certification StorageZilla offers inisghts into the realities of product development economics HP offers an interesting look inside its factories check out the video below yes we are pimping for a higher time on page metric help us out will you to see how it assembles racks Dig Deeper on Storage virtualisation software All News Problem Solve VMware CEO Paul Maritz on the role of storage in the virtual world How to install Hyper V storage disks Vendors can t just talk storage any more Backup software and VMware Six products compared Load More View All VMware

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  • Backup software and VMware: Six products compared
    the Instant Recovery feature that can be used to quickly restore files if you re using an HP EVA system to make disk backups before writing to tape HP Data Protector has good VMware integration with VMware Consolidated Backup but the additional overhead of installing and running agents on many systems can be cumbersome IBM Corp Tivoli Storage Manager 5 5 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager TSM 5 5 integrates with VCB to perform off host backups by creating a snapshot of a virtual machine s virtual disk file and copying the virtual disk to the VCB proxy server so it can be mounted and backed up Unlike NetBackup and Backup Exec which can back up full disk and individual files in a single pass TSM requires separate backup operations to complete this TSM is also agentless on the guest virtual machine and the virtual machine s virtual disk that is to be backed up is mounted by the backup proxy server and not the virtual machine Quick tip Tivoli Storage Manager TSM 5 5 integrates with VMware via VMware Consolidated Backup but lacks any additional features and functionality to improve efficiency and reduce storage requirements Symantec Corp Veritas NetBackup 6 5 Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6 5 has very good integration with VirtualCenter and ESX hosts when using NetBackup for VMware and PureDisk for VMware options NetBackup for VMware uses VMware Consolidated Backup to snapshot a virtual machine disk file and then make an off host backup of it as a disk image It then indexes every individual file within the virtual disk to allow whole virtual machine and individual file restores from within NetBackup so only one backup pass is needed to enable either type of restore You can also perform VCB incremental backups to only back up changed disk blocks which can greatly reduce backup times and storage requirements NetBackup uses VMware s APIs to integrate directly with VirtualCenter and ESX hosts to automatically discover all virtual machines on the host servers Additionally it integrates with VMware Converter so you can quickly restore a whole OS with just a few mouse clicks You don t need a backup agent installed on the virtual machine unless you want to use the PureDisk data deduplication technology PureDisk can greatly reduce backup I O and storage requirements Quick tip Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6 5 integrates very tightly with VMware to improve efficiency and has advanced integration features to allow for easy restores and reduced storage requirements Symantec Backup Exec 12 5 Symantec Corp Backup Exec 12 5 also integrates with VMware Consolidated Backup just like NetBackup and has many of the same integration features It also supports full disk and individual file restores without having to restore the whole virtual machine Backup Exec integrates with VirtualCenter and ESX hosts for automated discovery of virtual machines on the host servers In addition it is agentless and does not require that a special backup agent be installed on virtual machines that are being backed

    Original URL path: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/2240020823/Backup-software-and-VMware-Six-products-compared (2016-02-10)
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  • vSphere and storage: The ultimate guide
    multiple paths to a storage device are available Vendors can expand on this and develop their own plug in modules for optimal performance through load balancing and more intelligent path selection To achieve this the PSA leverages the new capabilities provided by the vStorage APIs for multipathing Paravirtualized SCSI adapters Paravirtualization is a technology available for certain operating systems that use a special driver to communicate directly with the hypervisor Without paravirtualization the guest OS doesn t know about the virtualization layer and privileged calls are trapped by the hypervisor using binary translation Paravirtualization allows for greater throughput and lower CPU utilization for virtual machines and is useful for disk I O intensive applications Paravirtualized SCSI adapters are separate storage adapters that can be used for non primary OS partitions and can be enabled by editing a VM s settings and enabling the paravirtualization feature This may sound similar to VMDirectPath but the key difference is that paravirtualized SCSI adapters can be shared by multiple VMs on host servers and don t require dedicating a single adapter to a single virtual machine VMDirectPath for storage I O devices VMDirectPath is similar to paravirtualized SCSI adapters where a VM can directly access host adapters and bypass the virtualization layer for better throughput and reduced CPU utilization But with VMDirectPath you must dedicate an adapter to a VM and it can t be used by any other virtual machines on that host VMDirectPath is available for specific models of both network and storage adapters however only the network adapters are currently fully supported in vSphere storage adapters only have experimental support Like PVSCSI adapters VMDirectPath can be used for VMs that have very high storage or network I O requirements like database servers VMDirectPath enables virtualization of workloads that you might previously have kept physical A downside to using VMDirectPath is that you can t use features like VMware VMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler DRS Storage VMotion enhancements While VMotion moves a running VM from one host to another leaving the virtual machine location intact Storage VMotion SVMotion keeps the VM on the same host and only changes the VM s storage location SVMotion was first introduced in ESX Version 3 5 but was only available as a command line utility In vSphere it s integrated in the vSphere Client allowing quick and easy SVMotion moves In addition SVMotion now allows thick to thin disk conversion and vice versa SVMotion can also be used to re shrink a thin disk after data has been deleted from it Typically you use Storage VMotion to move a VM location to another storage device however you can also leave the VM on its current storage device when performing a disk conversion SVMotion can be invaluable when performing data storage maintenance as running virtual machines can be easily moved to other storage devices Some under the covers enhancements make the whole migration process much more efficient Instead of using a snapshot when copying the disk to its new location and then committing it when the operation is complete SVMotion now uses a new changed block tracking feature to keep track of blocks that changed after the move process started and then copies them after it completes Changed block tracking Changed block tracking CBT is a significant new data storage feature that s especially important for backup replication and other data protection applications vSphere s VMkernel can now track which disk blocks of a virtual machine VM have changed from a particular time By tapping the VMware vStorage APIs for data protection applications can get the information from VMkernel rather than figuring it out on their own CBT also enables near real time continuous data protection CDP when replicating VM disk files CBT can also speed up incremental backups because backup apps can easily find out which changed blocks need to be backed up Restoring data is much easier too with CBT because backup apps will know exactly what blocks need to be put back on the virtual disk for the restore point selected CBT is disabled by default because there s a slight performance overhead associated with it It can be enabled only on the VMs that require it by adding a configuration parameter to the VM backup applications that support changed block tracking can also enable it on VMs Once enabled CBT stores information about changed blocks in a special ctk vmdk file that s created in each VM s home directory To do this CBT uses changeIDs that are unique identifiers for the state of a virtual disk at a particular point in time New changeIDs are created anytime a snapshot of a VM is created by a backup application Using the changeID a backup application will know which blocks have changed since the last backup CBT is only supported on VMs that have virtual machine hardware Version 7 which is new to vSphere so older VMs will need to have their virtual hardware upgraded to use CBT New vStorage APIs vStorage APIs are a collection of interfaces that third party vendors can use to seamlessly interact with data storage in vSphere There are four categories of vStorage APIs Array integration These APIs are being co developed with specific storage vendors When complete they will allow access to array oriented capabilities such as array based snapshots hardware offloaded storage device locking integration between VMware and array level thin provisioning storage provisioning data replication and more In some cases greater efficiencies may be realized by allowing the storage array to perform certain operations VM cloning or template based deployment can be hardware accelerated by array offloads rather than file level copy operations at the ESX server Storage VMotion would be able to leverage the storage array features to copy data more rapidly and with less ESX host impact and rather than the traditional SCSI lock mechanism used by VMware the array can lock only specific blocks being updated which dramatically increases the number of VMs

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  • How to install and operate VMware Data Recovery Manager
    or any NFS CIFS network storage server or device Once you are ready to begin follow the steps below to install and set up VDR Download the VMware Data Recovery from VMware s website There are three downloads available The first is an 759 MB ISO file that is used to install the vSphere plug in and deploy the VDR appliance the ISO file also contains the install for vShield Zones The second is the experimental file level restore client Windows only and the last is the documentation for the file level restore client You can burn the ISO file to a physical DVD or mount it to a virtual CD ROM The autorun program will bring up an installer wizard that will install the VDR plug in to the vSphere Client on the server workstation that you run it on it does not install the VDR appliance that must be installed manually later on Optionally you can copy and run the VMwareDataRecoveryPlugin msi file from the ISO DVD and run it separately The wizard is very simple just hit Next a few times and the plug in will be installed Once installed you start your vSphere Client and select Plug ins from the top menu and then Manage Plug ins you will see the new plug in installed click on illustrations below for full image You can enable the plug in by right clicking on it and choosing Enable Once it is enabled you will see a new option on the Home screen under Solutions and Applications called VMware Data Recovery If you click on it you will see a screen that will prompt you to connect to a VDR backup appliance since we don t have one installed yet we will have to do that next Note that the VDR plug in connects to the backup appliance using port 22024 so be sure that port is open in any firewalls between the system running the vSphere client and the backup appliance To deploy the appliance you use the vSphere Client and use the Open Virtualisation Format OVF template from the ISO DVD file to create a new virtual machine Since the OVF template is on the ISO DVD you will need it to deploy the template In the vSphere Client select File from the top menu and then Deploy OVF Template The wizard will load and the first screen is to select the source click the Browse button and select the VMwareDataRecovery ovf file located in the DataRecovery VMwareDataRecovery ovf directory Click Next and it will display the template information While the actual template is only 297 MB the virtual disk size of the virtual machine that is created on the specified host will be about 5 GB Click Next and then give the VM a name or keep the default continue through the screens selecting a destination Datacenter Host Resource pool and finally a storage volume and click Finish at the final Summary screen to begin the creation of the VDR appliance on your host server If you want to store your backups on a storage volume connected to the host that the VM is located on then you should edit the settings for the newly created VM and add an additional virtual disk to it to store your backups on this can be any storage type that is configured on your ESX host One thing to keep in mind when creating the virtual disk is the block size of the VMFS volume that you will create it on the default 1 MB block size only allows for a maximum virtual disk size of 256 GB If you need a larger disk size you will need to use a volume with a 2 MB or larger block size so you can create larger virtual disks on it If you want to store your backups on a network storage device such as a CFIS share you can skip this step and move onto the next one Before you power on the VDR appliance you should edit the settings and make sure the NIC for the VM is connected to your desired network The VDR appliance is configured to automatically obtain an IP address using DHCP but if it isn t available you can change this when it first boots up The appliance is built using the CentOS Release 5 2 Linux operating system and when you power it on you will see the familiar Linux boot sequence Select the Configure Network option and you can enter your IP address and network settings Optionally you can login to the appliance using the default username root and password vmwa re and change the password using the passwd command Once the appliance is powered on and the network configured you can connect to it using a Web browser using the URL https 5480 note you must use https In the Web interface you can only do basic things like viewing system information view change network settings and reboot shutdown the appliance The main interface for managing the VDR appliance is the plug in in the vSphere Client Click the Home link and then click the VMware Data Recovery link and you will be presented with a prompt to connect to a VDR appliance Enter the IP address host name of the VDR appliance and click the Connect button You will be prompting to enter login credentials for the vCenter Server not the VDR appliance After your login credentials your backup destinations will be displayed this includes any virtual disks that you added to the VDR appliance and you can also add network shares If you choose to add a network share you must use the IP address of the server i e 172 200 100 55 share and not the host name server share this is specified in the release notes You can use the Refresh button to display any disks that you recently added to the VM that are not

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