Rebalance VNX storage paths without downtime

Recently I ran into an environment with a couple of VNX5700 systems that were attached to the front-end SAN switches with only two ports per storage processor. The customer was complaining: performance was OK most of the time but at some times during the day the performance was noticeably lower. Analysis revealed that the back-end was coping well with the workload (30-50% load on the disks and storage processors). The front-end ports were a bit (over)loaded and spewing QFULL errors. Time to cable in some extra ports and to rebalance the existing hosts over the new storage paths!

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Get your units straight – kW vs kWh

Every once in a while I’m dragged into a data center power discussion, especially if I’ve prepared a big configuration or if the system needs to be placed in a data center that is pretty stressed power-wise. In most of those conversations it’s only a matter of time until someone starts mixing up the units: kW vs kWh. Since they both mean something completely different, it’s important to use the correct one.

Let’s dive right in. When IT people talk about power they usually intend to use kW (kilowatt). kW is a unit of power. Unfortunately they often use kWh (kilowatt hour) which is a unit of energy. Let’s apply this on an analogy that most IT guys can relate to: cars. Power is measured in bhp or kW, energy is measured in…. gallons of fuel that can fit in the fuel tank!
So if you are one of those people that mixes up the units: Congratulations, you’ve just sent me an email that is the equivalent of telling me your flashy red sports car has 60 liters of gasoline worth of energy. Exciting!

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EMC World – Day 4 – VNX: Leverage SSD in a VNX

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S SSD FamilyWelcome to the (mini-)series on VNX Performance and how to leverage SSD in a VNX systems. You can find part one on skew and data placement over here. The second post discussed the improvements for FAST Cache in VNX OE 32. This third and final post will discuss some of the ideal use cases for SSD in a VNX.

If you’ve got SSD in a VNX you can use it in two ways: as FAST Cache or as an extreme performance tier in your storage pools (FAST VP). Either of these implementations has advantages and disadvantages and they can also be used concurrently (i.e. use FAST Cache AND FAST VP). It depends on what you want to do…

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EMC World – Day 4 – VNX: FAST Cache improvements in R32

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S SSD FamilyThis is the second post in a (mini-)series on VNX Performance and how to leverage SSD in VNX systems. You can find part one on skew and data placement over here. This post will dive deeper into the FAST Cache improvements that have been added in VNX OE R32.

If you’ve got SSD drives in a VNX you can use it in two ways: as FAST Cache or as an extreme performance tier in your storage pools (FAST VP). Either of these implementations has advantages and disadvantages and they can also be used concurrently (i.e. use FAST Cache AND FAST VP). It depends on what you want to do…

The last post ended with some improvements in VNX OE R32. But there is more…

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EMC World – Day 4 – VNX: Skew & Data Placement

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S SSD FamilyThe last breakout session I attended at EMC World 2013 was titled “Leveraging SSD: Designing for FAST Cache & FAST VP on Unified Storage”. By far one of the best breakout sessions of the week for me: technical and I can apply it in the field on pretty much a daily basis!

If you’ve got SSD drives in a VNX you can use it in two ways: as FAST Cache or as an extreme performance tier in your storage pools (FAST VP). Either of these implementations has advantages and disadvantages and they can also be used concurrently (i.e. use FAST Cache AND FAST VP). It depends on what you want to do…

But let’s start at the beginning: first you need to figure out your skew! What?!

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EMC World – Day 2 – ViPR: Software Defined Storage

ViPR logoThe theme of EMC World 2013 is the Software Defined Datacenter. Once of the big announcements is ViPR, which promises to be the Logitech Harmony remote for the storage infrastructure. Instead of having to do all the steps of storage provisioning manually, ViPR will automate most of these steps. The goal: more efficient management and a much faster time to implement at lower cost. And just look at the logo… that alone is worth buying the product! 😉

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EMC World – Day 1 – EMC Elect, SuperNAP, VPLEX & VMware

Hi and welcome to EMC World 2013. For those that are unaware what EMC World is: It’s an annual seminar covering all things new and improved that EMC has to offer. It’s hosted in The Venetian hotel in nothing less than … Las Vegas! Your ideal location to learn about the new products EMC is launching, to socialize with fellow EMC customers, partners or employees and of course… to have some fun! 😉

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EMC World – T minus 2 – Vegas baby!

This week I’m attending the EMC World conference in Las Vegas with two of my colleages from Open Line, Menno de Liège and Rob Koper. EMC World is about new and improved EMC products, getting to know the direction EMC and IT is taking with data storage and meeting EMC employees you normally only talk with over the phone or behind a chat/email handle. A chance to meet the person behind the account sort to say!EMC World is being hosted in The Venetian, Las Vegas

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