Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to Follow VMworld from your Couch


The VMworld effect?

This week is VMworld and if you are in IT, it’s likely that you might be hearing about it in some way.  There are tweets, press releases, pictures of grown men dressed up like bunnies, and people that you forgot about that are suddenly professing their love for the software defined datacenter on LinkedIn.  Yes, this is the VMworld effect and admit it – you want to be there!

So how do you find out about all the new tech goodies without missing a beat – all from your desk or couch?

The easy way is to simply follow Chad Sakac –  Blog  YouTube  Twitter.

He’s now running Presales for EMC and he’s still the core “voice” for VMware virtualization at EMC.  He gets access to top secret previews of new technology like no one other person at EMC.  Did you know he also has a huge datacenter 2 miles beneath his house on a glacier up there in Canada?  He doesn’t, I made that up.  But he does have a lot of EMC storage in his house!

One of the coolest demos I saw on his YouTube channel was this one which shows “vSphere Replication on steroids” using a beta version of RecoverPoint which supports VM-Level Granularity.  This is something that I know our customers have been asking about, and it was great to see the wraps finally come off of this one.

VMworld 2013: VM-Granular replication with EMC Recoverpoint/VE


Another thing to check out is the latest video from Fred Nix and gang. Stay for the Chad and Nick Weaver cameo at the end.


VMware Still Dominant, Hyper-V Gaining Ground

The results from Wikibon’s Multi-Hypervisor study are back, and there’s a good amount of data that you can dig into.

For virtualization trends the survey provides evidence that virtualization will continue to grow (percentage of virtualized servers is predicted to grow from 69% today to 84% in two years time).   Also the survey indicates that many companies experiment with multi-hypervisor strategies, but 55% predict to move to a single hypervisor in 18 months.

The three big takeaways for me include:

1. VMware is still the dominant hypervisor with growth leveling off.

  • VMware was perceived to be dominant in functionality and all workload types were being run in production under VMware.
  • There is continued movement towards VMware (of the installations with a single hypervisor in 18 months time, two-thirds would be VMware).

2. Hyper-V is becoming good enough for many use cases and growing fast.

  • Like many enterprise Microsoft products, the 3rd release is the game changer.  Hyper-V V3 (Windows 2012) is really gaining momentum in the small-mid section of the market.
  • Planned adoption was measured in the survey results – Of the installations with a single hypervisor in 18 months time, one-third would be Hyper-V.
  • But the features need to be there – ODX support an essential requirement for storage arrays for Microsoft environments (VNX was first to market here by the way)

3. EMC VNX continues to lead in virtualization integration.

  • EMC VNX had the most VMware integration of all the storage arrays analyzed and led in the overall group, the block-only group, and the file-only group.
  • EMC had a clean sweep of the block-only group, with the VNX, VMAX 10K and VMAX 20-40K in first, second, and third place.

But like I said, there’s a lot to dig into if you like data and colorful charts including:

  1. A storage array/VMware integration feature matrix showing each vendor and the VMware integration they provide (thumbnail above)
  2. A VMware Storage Integration Assessment by Vendor Array (leads to a score).
  3. Advice for peers regarding hypervisor strategy – good advice in here.

Check out the full results on the Wikibon blog post here.

Survey Says… A Dual Hypervisor Strategy?

If you are virtualizing physical servers and want to see what others in the industry are doing, then you should definitely take this survey.

The Wikibon guys running the survey are top notch and will share the no-spin facts with the industry.

Some of the focus areas are around:

  • Does your company have a long-term strategy around hypervisor deployment?
  • Which hypervisor for which applications?
  • Should your cloud strategy impact your hypervisor decision?

Taking the survey gets you access to the results AND you could also win an iPad.

Link to Wikibon Page

Link to the Survey

Backup! And Watch These New Networker Microsoft Demos

Networker has added some great functionality in the Microsoft backup space recently, including a lot of great integration with SQL, Exchange, and Hyper-V.

The videos below are meant to show you the basics of why you would use these new features and how to configure them.

These great, get-right-to-the-point, videos were made by Deanna Hoover, a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager in EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division.

Happy Networking!

Demo 1: EMC NetWorker Module for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Backup

Let the SQL DBA make their own backups with native SQL tools!

Demo 2: EMC NetWorker Configuration of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio for Federated Backup

Shows support for Always On Availability Groups – letting you backup the active or passive copy (secondary replica).

Demo 3: EMC NetWorker Module for Microsoft Application 3_0 Exchange Alternate Mailbox Recovery

Get granular recoveries for operational restore of emails – useful for quick recoveries and legal discovery.

Demo 4: EMC NetWorker 8.1 Hyper-V Configuration Wizard

Guest, image-level backup, CSV, using SMB 3.0, and useful for granular recoveries too.

Hope you enjoyed these videos, let me know if you want to see anything else and I’ll see what I can do!