That was fast. January just passed us by with a blur, and I am getting ready to ramp up for the VMware World Wide Sales kick off in Las Vegas. Lot’s of great blog posts this week, it’s often hard to choose just 5 posts that stand out above the others. Keep the great content coming!
Jason Boche – Jumbo Frames Comparison Testing with IP Storage and vMotion – Are you thinking about implementing jumbo frames with your IP storage based vSphere infrastructure? Have you asked yourself why or thought about the guaranteed benefits? Various credible sources discuss it (here’s a primer). Some will highlight jumbo frames as a best practice but the majority of what I’ve seen and heard talk about the potential advantages of jumbo frames and what the technology might do to make your infrastructure more efficient.
Luc Dekens – SIOC statistics – SIOC (Storage IO Control) is apparently a hot topic. There have been an important number of posts since it was made available with vSphere 4.1. On this blog, in my Automate SIOC post, you can find functions to verify and activate/deactivate SIOC from your PowerShell script. A recent post on Yellow-Bricks, called Enable Storage IO Control on all Datastores! got quite a few comments and Tweets.
Edward Haletky – Want to Move to the Cloud? Simple Steps – You heard the buzzwords and drunk the kool-aid and now you want to move to the cloud, how do you do this? This has been the a fairly interesting question on the VMware Communities Podcast yesterday, when the vCloud team showed up to talk about the current reference architecture. Yet almost all the questions were about going to the cloud and not about the architecture. Does this mean people do not understand what is required to go to the cloud? I think so. So to take a few elements from the podcast and put them in writing is the goal of this article. The Simple Steps to move to the cloud.
Bernd Harzog – Monitoring Virtualized Application Performance – Looking Outside In – Understanding whether a virtualized or cloud based system or application is available and delivering acceptable response times to its end users is one of the most important tasks that must be addressed by any strategy for monitoring the performance of business critical applications.Let’s first review the nature of virtualized and cloud based systems, so that we can assess how these needs should be met.
Gabrie van Zanten – Large Pages, Transparent Page Sharing and how they influence the consolidation ratio – Everybody talks about the benefits of Transparent Page Sharing in vSphere environments and how they reduce the amount of memory needed in your vSphere host. Thanks to Transparent Page Sharing memory overcommit in a production environment has become mainstream.