As I’m following closely the growth and evolution of this new technology for vSphere environments, I’ve found an article on the blogosphere and some additional comments on Twitter that made me re-think a bit about the real value of VVOLS. Is the real value of VVOLs the VM granularity, or it’s more the policy-based management?
The new Veeam Cloud Connect, now with replication services
Last year, Veeam released Veeam Cloud Connect, a new technology that allows the easy creation and consumption of offsite backup repositories. It was the first solution specifically designed around Service Providers, both from a technical and business point of view. Its extreme ease of use and capabilities made it an instant success, and as of today several hundreds of service providers are offering offsite backup services based on Cloud Connect.
As a first generation technology, everyone was expecting additional capabilities in the following versions, and the most common request has always been “are you going to add replication capabilities?”.
As you can guess from the title of this post, that’s exactly what is coming in the next version!
Deep Dive: Memory consumption of a Veeam repository
Veeam repositories, both Windows and Linux based, are running a software component responsible for receiving and storing data as they are processed by proxies. One of the most important parameter when sizing a repository is its expected memory consumption. Here are some informations for its proper configuration.
My adventures with Ceph Storage. Part 10: Upgrade the cluster
As any existing software, Ceph is subject to minor and major releases. My entire series of posts has been realized using version Giant (0.87), but by the time I completed the series, Hammer (0.94) was released. Note that Ceph, as other linux softwares, uses a major release naming scheme based on the letter of the alphabet, so Giant is the 7th major release. Ceph releases both minor and major versions of the software, so it’s important to know how to upgrade it.
Deploy and install NetApp ONTAP Simulator 8.3 RC1 for a vSphere cluster
NetApp has a nice ONTAP Simulator that is freely available, and allows anyone to test out their storage platform without having to own a physical array. In the past I’ve used the NetApp Edge VSA, but since some months this is not available anymore, and the simulator is the only way to go. In this article, I’ll show you how to install and configure the Simulator with its latest version 8.3 RC1, and connect it to a vSphere cluster.
Service Providers Tour, this time down under!
As I promised few months ago, I was planning to repeat the Service Providers tour in other regions. Well, time has come, and has you are writing this post, I’m flying over Asia and the Indian Ocean towards Auckland, my first stop. We will hit also Melbourne and Sydney.
New whitepaper: Veeam Backup & Replication v8 Data Protection for Oracle Environments
I’ve published a new whitepaper for Veeam, regarding Veeam Backup & Replication v8 and data protection for Oracle Environments.
Manual failover of keepalived
During my tests with keepalived as a balancer for a linux cluster, I was searching for a way to quickly simulate a node failure and to check keepalived was correctly failing over to the other node. Here is a quick and smart way to do it!