Category Archive: Storage

Mar 23

Checking VMs for SimpliVity Storage HA

When performing maintenance, upgrades, etc, on a SimpliVity host it is important to verify SimpliVity VMs are in a safe Storage HA state. A safe Storage HA state, or Storage HA equal to Yes, means the virtual machine’s data is fully synchronized and protected in the SimpliVity cluster.

Mar 17

Quick SimpliVity OmniStack Capacity Script

This is a quick script, SVT-Fed-Capactiy.ps1, I put together using Powershell and the SimpliVity REST API to report available, free, and used capacity information for OmniStack Clusters in a SimpliVity Federation, and the OmniStack hosts in each Cluster.

Mar 13

Collect Virtual Disk IOPS with PowerCLI

I was messing around with PowerCLI and the real-time statistics to collect the IOPS used by virtual machines/virtual machine disks in my my home lab. Virtual disk performance counters are available in the real-time performance stats but at the default statistics level, Level 1, with the IOPS statistics are not rolled up into the daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly statistics. I put together a PowerCLI script, collect-iops.ps1, to collect the real-time samples.

Jan 15

Adding a /workspace Disk to the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

The vMA is deployed with a single 3 GB disk with about 1 GB available after deployment. This post walks through adding a disk to the vMA appliance to provide additional storage for scripts, logs, VIBs, iso, backups, etc.

Nov 03

Migrating VMs from Legacy Infrastructure to SimpliVity HCI

There are a number of ways to migrate VM workloads from a legacy infrastructure to SimpliVity. This post provides an overview of two common migration methods which can be used to move VMs from a legacy infrastructure to the SimpliVity DVP.

Sep 16

SimpliVity Direct Connect to 10 GbE Switched Migration

In a two node SimpliVity deployment there is no requirement for 10 GbE switching. The SimpliVity nodes are directly connected to provide connectivity for the SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) between nodes. As the environment grows adding addition SimpliVity nodes or compute nodes may be required. This requires 10 GbE switching for SimpliVity Storage traffic between SimpliVity nodes within the same datacenter and/or between SimpliVity nodes and compute nodes.

Jun 07

Migrating vCenter Server to SimpliVity DVP

In this post I am going to look at the two most common methods: using vMotion to migrate both the storage and running state of the vCenter virtual machine to a SimpliVity host, and using Storage vMotion to move storage and then removing and re-adding the vCenter virtual machine to inventory on a SimpliVity host.

May 16

SimpliVity Effective Storage Capacity

The SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes all data, at inception, once and forever, globally. When sizing a SimpliVity environment we take into account the capacity efficiency provided by the SimpliVity DVP, the effective capacity.

Apr 25

SimpliVity 3-2-1 Backups

The SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform (DVP) provides native data protection including policy based backup, replication, and recovery. The backup policy engine and the backup catalog are part of the SimpliVity DVP. We are able to easily provide a data protection solution which aligns with a traditional and proven 3-2-1 Backup Strategy: 3 copies, 2 independent media sets, and 1 off-site copy.‚Äč

Apr 22

Book Review: IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design

IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design is well written and an easy read. I read it cover to cover over a couple nights. I found myself marking multiple pages to refer back to. It is packed with a great deal of useful information for both the seasoned Architect and those who are looking to gain a bit more insight on the process for creating a high quality design. The book focuses on enterprise class, but the design process can easily be (and should be) applied to any size or type of datacenter design.

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