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Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why you might ask? This resource pool is configured with shares set to “High”. This has no impact during normal operations, but when I migrate or fail over important workloads, I want to be sure these workloads have priority if there is contention for CPU and memory. However, this also creates a secondary benefit when it comes to backing up migrated VMs…

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Do You Need Hardware Guidance to Accelerate Your Virtual SAN Deployment?

It has been 10 months since we released the first set of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes , which are validated server configurations jointly recommended by VMware and Server OEMs to accelerate Virtual SAN deployment. We have been working closely with multiple Server OEM partners to continuously update the list of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes.

The Virtual SAN Ready Node is another great option besides the DIY/Build-your-own option to deploy Virtual SAN, as we had discussed in the past such as in the June 23rd blog.

We have expanded the list from 24 (in June) to 40 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from eight Server OEMs.

Why should you care about the Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and how do you use them?

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Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 2 of 3)

Protection Groups:

A protection group is a group of virtual machines that fail over together to the recovery site. Protection groups contain virtual machines whose data has been replicated by array-based replication or by VR. Typically contains virtual machines that are related in some way such as:

  • A three-tier application (application server, database server, Web server)
  • Virtual machines whose virtual machine disk files are part of the same datastore group.

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Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Business Critical Applications (Part 1 of 3)

The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate use cases for disaster recovery of  real business critical applications (BCA) leveraging VMware solutions such as VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Techniques to protect  against disaster for common business critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP and Oracle Databases are discussed.

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Uptrend for Virtualized Oracle Deployments on VMware vSphere

In August 2014, Unisphere Research fielded a study among the members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) to examine the current state of Oracle database sites, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. A total of 338 qualified responses were collected and analyzed. Respondents came from organizations of all sizes and across various industries. The survey was commissioned jointly by EMC2 and VMware. The sponsors of the survey were not revealed to the respondents.

Below are few of the highlights/excerpts:

  • VMware vSphere is used for virtualizing Oracle environments substantially more than all other virtualization solutions combined (57% of organizations reported using VMware vSphere, followed by Oracle VM, reported by 9% of organizations). The use of vSphere for Oracle software, while widespread, has been increasing in the last few years, with almost two-thirds of organizations reporting increases over the past year.
  • Although many respondents report that the top objection to virtualization is the potential for increased license costs, over 50% of respondents report that cost reduction is a primary benefit of their virtualization effort. A reasonable inference to this finding is that the potential increased licensing costs are more perception than reality, as suggested by reports of organizations with virtualization efforts experiencing significant aggregate cost reductions.
  • Apart from reduced costs, the most common benefits that organizations report as a result of using virtualization within their Oracle database environments are
    • Consolidation (54% of respondents)
    • Standardization of infrastructure (47%)
    • Greater agility (39%)
    • Increased automation/reduced provisioning times (26%)

Check out the results of The Empowered Database – 2014 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey

Source: The Empowered Database – 2014 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey

 

Three Keys to Fast, Affordable IT in an Always-On World

In today’s data centers, three trends drive the need for new approaches to the management of IT systems: the expectation for always-on IT services, rapidly growing infrastructure, and limited IT budgets.

While any one of these trends creates challenges for your IT team, the combination of them makes it clear that the status quo is no longer acceptable when it comes to managing your IT systems. To meet the new expectations for your IT organization, you need to think about new ways of doing things.

That’s the idea behind VMware® vSphere® with Operations Management™. It combines the capabilities of the world’s most trusted virtualization platform with new tools for managing and optimizing your IT environment.

indexSpecifically, vSphere with Operations Management gives you three essential keys for meeting the high expectations for IT in the era of the always-on business:

  • Tools to enhance performance monitoring and accelerate troubleshooting so you can better meet your service level agreements
  • Tools to optimize use of your current capacity to increase ROI and reduce the need to buy new hardware
  • Tools to simplify backup and replication to improve system availability and business continuity

Years ago, you would have had to buy several products to gain all of these capabilities. Today, you can get them all in a single package based on a virtualization platform you know and trust.

For a closer look at this topic, and the tools you need to stay on top of today’s data center challenges, register to download our new quick guide “Three Ways to Achieve Fast and Affordable IT in an Always-On World.”

VMware Virtual SAN Survey

VMware Virtual SAN LogoThe VMware Storage and Availability team is looking for customer and community feedback for VMware Virtual SAN. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey listed in the link below.

VMware Virtual SAN Survey Link

Thank you for your help and support.

For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), Virtual Volumes (VVols), and other Software-defined Storage technologies as well as vSphere + OpenStack be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds

 

 

VMware Hands-on Labs VMworld 2014 US online

VMware Hands-on Labs at VMworld 2014 US marked a number of firsts:

  • Over 10,000 labs were taken
  • Over 100,000 VMs were used for labs during the week
  • VSAN and EVO:RACK were used to host a portion of the infrastructure
  • vCloud Air and Horizon 6 were in the top 5 labs

I am pleased to announce that we have begun to make available the VMware Hands-on Labs that debuted at VMworld 2014 in the US.  Feel free to take these labs now:

HOL-SDC-1406 vCloud Suite 101

HOL-SDC-1406 - vCloud Suite 101 Thumbnail  This introductory lab demonstrates the first steps in the journey to a Software Defined Enterprise by implementing all components of vCloud Suite Standard. http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1465

HOL-SDC-1410 – Virtualization 101

HOL-SDC-1410 - Virtualization 101 Thumbnail  This introductory lab demonstrates the core features and functions of vSphere and vCenter. This is an excellent place to begin your experience with VMware vSphere. http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1449

HOL-MBL-1451 – Horizon 6 with View from A to Z

HOL-MBL-1451 - Horizon 6 with View from A to Z Thumbnail  Complete a guided tour of Horizon View features, learn how to Optimize Horizon View for your environment and learn steps to Troubleshoot a View environment and avoid common issues.  http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1453

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing all of the labs from VMworld 2014 US.   The next labs to be released this week cover BC/DR, data center consolidation, on-demand provisioning, network micro-segmentation, security and optimization. And then next week look for more networking and storage labs including NSX, VSAN and VVOL.  Our VMware partner solution labs will be released in two weeks.

Be sure to join us in Barcelona, Spain for VMworld 2014 Europe and VMware Hands-on Labs where you can meet with the product experts responsible for the labs and participate in Expert-led Workshops for a guided experience through your lab.

http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/europe

VMware Virtual SAN Sizing Tool

Oh yeah!!!!!! It’s official, the Virtual SAN Sizing Tool is now live and available to the general public.

All Virtual SAN customers and enthusiasts can easy get sizing ideas and estimations on the amount hardware resources necessary to support a particular Virtual SAN design. All you will need  to do is provide a few virtual machine inputs based on capacity, performance, and availability requirements.

http://virtualsansizing.vmware.com

VMware Virtual SAN Sizing Tool

The purpose of this tool is to help determine the hardware specifications for hosts in a Virtual SAN cluster required to run a set of virtual machines defined by a set of input characteristics. These important assumptions should be understood before using this tool:

  • All hosts in the cluster are assumed to have an identical hardware profile, i.e. numbers of hard drives and flash devices, amount of physical RAM, and number of CPU cores
  • All virtual machines are assumed to be identical in storage characteristics, i.e. number of VMDKs, size of VMDKs (assumed identical for all disks), number of snapshots, and virtual memory size
  • All virtual machines are assumed to have the same Virtual SAN policy, i.e. number of failures to tolerate and number of disk stripes per object

The tool is designed so that you can easily vary inputs to see the impact on the sizing output, thus allowing you to iterate manually for more sophisticated analyses.

Feel free to provide feedback and let us know what your thoughts are about the tool and help us improve it.

See you all at VMworld!!!!

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Monitoring VMware Virtual SAN with Virtual SAN Observer White Paper

Virtual SAN ObserverAs customers continue to implement VMware Virtual SAN in their environments, it is critical for them to have the ability to properly monitor and troubleshoot the performance of the system. Having access to the adequate tools and knowing how to use them and knowing how to interpret the data being presented is crucial for all customers.

This new paper Monitoring VMware Virtual SAN with Virtual SAN Observer focuses on the Virtual SAN Observer tool, and it is intended to provide Virtual SAN customers with more than just a how-to experience. It also helps to understand the data output and values presented by the Virtual SAN Observer when monitoring and troubleshooting their VMware Virtual SAN implementations.  This paper is a special release because it coincides with a hands-on lab being presented at VMworld this year that will give customers access to a first hand learning experience.

While at VMworld look for the VMware HOL lab listed below:

ELW-SDC-1408 – VMware Virtual Storage Workshop

This Expert Led Workshop focused on VMware Virtual SAN, participants will gain hands-on experience deploying, configuring and managing VMware’s latest hypervisor-converged storage solution.  In this Workshop, you will have access to the Product Experts and is your opportunity to ask questions relevant to your environment.  The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-SDC-1408, will available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open.

See you all at VMworld!!!!

- Enjoy

For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), Virtual Volumes (VVols), and other Software-defined Storage technologies as well as vSphere + OpenStack be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds