Storage Field Day 7 – Maxta Hyper-Convergence

maxtaMaxta was the last presenter at Storage Field Day 7 and spoke about their hyper-convergence product. Hyper-Convergence… what’s that all about again? Simplicity mostly: combine your compute and storage in one single unit and manage it in a single integrated user interface. Maxta offers their product in two form factors: the software-only MxSP package, or the MaxDeploy appliance which is hardware and software combined and preconfigured.  Maxta also adds three additional key values to hyper-convergence: Choice, Scalability and Cost. The former two usually don’t spring to mind when you hear about hyper-convergence products: the simplicity you seek comes with a trade-off. Let’s dive in!

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Unisphere for VMAX – Alerting & Performance

Unisphere for VMAX dashboardSeveral weeks ago we performed a resiliency test on a VMAX10k that was about to be put into production. The customer wanted confirmation that the array was wired up properly and would respond correctly in case there were any issues like a power or disk failure.  This is fairly standard testing and makes sense: better to pull a power plug and see the array go down while there is no production running against it, right?

We pulled one power feed from each system bay and storage bay. Obviously: no problem for the VMAX, it dialed out, notified EMC it lost power on a couple of feeds and that’s it. Next up we yanked out a drive: I/O continued, the array dialed out to EMC that something was wrong with a drive, but… we didn’t see anything in Unisphere for VMAX!

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Storage Field Day 7 – File Transporter: public cloud ease with private cloud control

Connected Data explaining the public cloud economics and the financial squeeze on the current offerings.The Connected Data / File Transporter presentation kicked off with a rather interesting look at the cloud computing market of today, more specifically the economics of public cloud and the other drawbacks it has. Many of us have seen “the cloud” grow over the past years and still, the marketing behind it is aggressive. Most industry events are still fully focused on “moving to the cloud”: EMC World 2015 was all about the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and how to move to it, companies I talk with still “want to move to the public cloud because unicorns” and if you open a random IT magazine you’ll see clouds every other page paragraph line.

Something I noticed the past couple of years is the big difference between the adoption of public cloud in the US versus Europe: I feel that the US is more eager to jump into a cloud than us Europeans. Sure, people use cloud services over here as well: I use Dropbox privately to share some files with friends and I also store some (garbage) emails at Gmail. Talk with a relatively small company and there’s a big chance they use some type of cloud service like Office365, just because the TCO of running that infrastructure for themselves doesn’t add up. But have that same conversation with a larger company and it’s a different story.

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Storage Field Day 7 – Exablox OneBlox: scale-out NAS for SME

Exablox logoExablox presented their OneBlox scale-out NAS system for small and mid-sized organizations at Storage Field Day 7. A typical customer might start with a moderate amount of data that doesn’t have too stringent performance requirements. In the next few years the customer performance requirements might double and the capacity requirements quadruple. Instead of having to buy a traditional array that would have to be sized for that 4x end-state performance and later adding extra disks for capacity, most customers would prefer to invest in small chunks and grow their system as and when it needs to. Lets see how Exablox’ OneBlox system will do this…

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Cisco Smart Zoning for NX-OS in the DCNM-SAN GUI

SmartZoning-BenefitCisco Smart Zoning greatly reduces the time needed to zone servers to storage on Cisco NX-OS SAN switches. Instead of creating numerous zones that contain one single initiator and one single target, you can now classify a WWN as initiator, target or both and throw them all into one single zone. The switch then figures out which devices should be allowed to talk with each other (based on the parameter you set for each WWN). Not only does this speed up the entire zoning process but it also helps keep the zoning interface uncluttered and minimize the risk for errors.  Let’s see how you can configure this in the DCNM-SAN GUI…

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Storage Field Day 7 – Catalogic ECX reducing copy data sprawl

Catalogic logoThe very first presentation at Storage Field Day 7 was held by Catalogic about their ECX copy data management platform that allows you to manage, orchestrate and analyze your different copies of data. Catalogic claims that you can save up to 39% on costs by reducing the amount of redundant copies of data in your IT infrastructure, while simultaneously also making sure your data is no longer at risk of being under protected. Let’s see how they do that…

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EMC World 2015 – I’ll be there!

EMC World 2015Good news (mostly for me, I’ll admit): I’ll be visiting EMC World 2015 again! Just like the last edition EMC World will once again be held in The Venetian in Las Vegas. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow EMC Elect over there as well as absorbing some new knowledge in the various lectures and/or general sessions which will be held during those days. If you also want to go, I’ve got a discount code you can use… so read on!

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Storage Field Day 7 is about to start!

SFD7 747 from LHR to SFOWe’ve made it! After a rude alarm clock that woke me up at 3AM CEST back in the Netherlands I started the 2 hour drive to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Along the way I picked up Arjan Timmerman whom I met last year at Storage Field Day 6 and together we traveled from AMS to LHR in London. There we met up with Enrico Signoretti (also a familiar face from SFD6) and with the three of us we boarded the 747 to SFO. The Storage Field Day 7 adventure was about to begin!

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EMC Elect 2015 – All about sharing knowledge

EMC Elect 2015Today EMC announced the names of the EMC Elect 2015. I’m thrilled to be able to say: I’m one of them! Three years in, the Elect program is EMC’s way of saying “thank you!” to her online advocates. We share our knowledge, either by blogging or tweeting or speaking at public events. In return EMC gives us (among others) early access to new, hot product information, an easy path to the various EMC business units, some swag, comfy beanbags to sit in at Tier 1 events like EMC World, etc. And of course bragging rights…

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Storage Field Day 7, here I come!

Who has two thumbs and is going to Storage Field Day 7 on 11-13 March 2015 in Silicon Valley? This guy! W00t! Last year I attended Storage Field Day 6 as a complete Tech Field Day newbie; read more about it starting with this post. And I’m absolutely honored to say I was again invited for the newest iteration of the Gestalt IT’s Tech Field Day series!

For this year the basic recipe stays the same: twelve delegates from all over the world with a variety of skill sets and backgrounds, listening to 9 presenting companies talking tech spanning cloud, NAS, SAN, flash… anything storage technology related.

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