Category: Design

My tips published in VMware “vSphere Design Pocketbook” 2nd edition

vSphere-pocketbook-blog-edition-coverFor the 2nd year in a row, Frank Denneman and PernixData published me in “vSphere Design Pocketbook – 2.0.”

The book has “no fluff” guidance on building VMware vSphere.

Get a free copy here:

http://info.pernixdata.com/vsphere-pocketbook-2.0?MS=T

Those at VMworld 2014 can get a printed copy in PernixData booth #1017.

Thank you to the panel: Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Brad Hedlund, Cormac Hogan, William Lam, Michael Webster, and Josh Odgers, who picked my contribution. Here is how the process transpired:

http://frankdenneman.nl/2014/08/07/pre-order-vsphere-pocketbook-blog-edition/

I don’t yet know which one of my entries was published. Once the book is released at VMworld, I will update.

Unfortunately, this year I cannot make it to VMworld 2014, but I hope my friends will bring me a printed copy.

VMware announces VSAN to be released around March 10th.

ben fathi vsanBen Fathi, the CTO of VMware announced the Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) feature in vSphere ESX on March 6, 2014.

VSAN is a storage technology that pools all local disks on multiple servers into one large distributed volume. Caching is done via an SSD drive.

Unfortunately, licensing and pricing details get released at VSAN General Availability around March 10th.

Out of the door, the VSAN will have the following features:

  1. Full support for VMware Horizon / View (no VSAN inside View — yet)
  2. Up to 32 nodes.
  3. Up to 2 million IOPS.
  4. 4.5 PB of space.
  5. 13 VSAN Ready Node configurations at launch using Cisco, IBM, Fujitsu or Dell servers.
  6. Build your own supported.

However, VSAN will also have the following requirements:

  1. At least 1 SSD drive.
  2. Up to 7 mechanical drives.
  3. Cannot use all SSDs or SAN storage.
  4. SSD must be at least 10% of space.
  5. Need ESXi 5.5 Update 1.

VSAN competitors:

  1. EMC’s ScaleIO — can build distributed storage on any OS out there (Windows, Linux plus VMware) and more nodes (per Duncan Epping).
  2. Nutanix — server, storage, VMware in a customized box.
  3. Simplivity — same concept as Nutanix.
  4. Pivot3 — same concept as Nutanix.
  5. Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) solutions (VMware own VSA, Atlantis, HP Lefthand VSA, etc.).
  6. Regular storage arrays.
  7. Flash only storage arrays (XtremIO, EMC VNX-F, Cisco’s Whiptail/Invicta)

Analysis:

There is a lot of interest in VSAN. The beta had more than 10,000 people sign up. Some VMware partners around the country are preparing solutions already, ready to sell to eager customers.

However, everything depends on how it’s licensed and priced. The price has to be lower than traditional storage and even VSA solutions (except maybe VMware’s VSA). Only then it will make sense for the smaller customer.

Otherwise, especially for lower end Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), the VSAN is perfect — easy to set up (one checkbox), minimum of only 3 servers, provides enough IOPS with SSD caching. We are planning to use it for VDI.

VSAN nodes

My tips published in VMware “vSphere Design Pocketbook.”

vSphere Design PocketbookMy tips were published in a book called “vSphere Design Pocketbook.”

The book has to the point guidance on building VMware vSphere, without any fluff.

Get a free copy here:

http://info.pernixdata.com/vSpherePocketbook#!

Those at VMworld 2013 got a print copy.

Thank you to the panel: Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan, Jason Nash & Vaughn Stewart who picked me from 500+ entries. Here is how the process transpired:

http://frankdenneman.nl/2013/08/21/announcing-the-vsphere-design-pocketbook-contributors/

http://frankdenneman.nl/2013/09/10/free-ebook-version-of-the-vsphere-design-pocketbook-is-now-available/

I was surprised to learn that the submissions I considered to be my best were not picked. Instead, entries in the areas of vCenter design and vSphere cluster design were selected.

I had a chance to meet Frank Denneman at VMworld 2013 and he signed my book. Thank you Frank for wonderful advice on being Social — I am relatively new to the  trade and this was a major success. I am learning from the masters.

I also met Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan and Vaughn Stewart. Unfortunately, I could not track down Jason Nash – maybe another time.

Here is me with Duncan Epping  at VMworld 2013 holding the book — star struck.

Yury Magalif with Duncan Epping at VMworld 2013