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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 26, 2016
Cisco coming up with a hyper-converged infrastructure solution

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The hyperconverged infrastructure appliance market (HCIA) is growing fast and hardware competitors are using Dell, HP, SuperMicro and other servers and not Cisco’s UCS hardware. EMC only covers a portion of the market so Cisco should address the rest in order to both preserve its current UCS market share and grow it further.

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 22, 2016
Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

During 2015 Backblaze data centre has expanded from 39’690 hard drives in 882 Backblaze Storage Pods to 56’224 drives in 1’249 Pods, which makes about 65 Petabytes of additional space.

Hard Drive Statistics for 2015

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Posted by Jon Toigo on February 18, 2016
HYPER-CONVERGENCE TAKES HOLD

Hyper-converged infrastructure, when we started to hear about it last year, was simply an “appliantization” of the architecture and technology of software-defined storage (SDS) technology running in concert with server virtualization technology. Appliantization means that the gear peddler was doing the heavy lift of pre-integrating server and storage hardware with hypervisor and SDS hardware so that the resulting kit would be pretty much plug-and-play.

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Posted by Romain Serre on February 17, 2016
Automate the Hyper-V Virtual Machine deployment with PowerShell

For large Hyper-V infrastructure, IT people use often Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to automate tasks as VM deployment. VMM provides profiles (hardware, operating system and application) and then we use these profiles to build a VM Template. Most of the time, a VM Template contains a VM hardware configuration and the OS configuration (join the domain, product key and so on). Then VMs are deployed from templates which decrease the time to deploy a working VM.

The convenient about VMM is its price. VMM is expensive and it is often medium/large business which implement VMM. So for other companies which can’t buy VMM, are they forced to do without VM deployment automation? Of course no. Other tools can help us to make automation without VMM and it is called PowerShell.

Since Windows Server 2012, a lot of Hyper-V PowerShell commands (in Hyper-V module) have been added. Now easily we can create, configure and manage VM from PowerShell.


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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 11, 2016
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise introduces new naming convention

New Integrity MC990 X is the first server in a line conforming to the new naming convention, with ‘MC’ standing for ‘mission critical’ and ‘X’ standing for ‘Xeon’.It replaces the Proliant DL980 (‘DL’ – ‘density line’). The name changes are implemented in order to meet specific customer needs, e.g., high performance and cloud computing. HP will keep the Proliant name for low-end and mid-range servers, and also keep the BL (blade) designation.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 9, 2016
Top 5 Best Utilities for your vSphere infrastructure presented on VMware Labs in 2015

On VMware Labs site you can read about new utilities which can simplify the management of VMware vSphere virtualization infrastructure. They help administrators to solve their everyday problems. The following list includes the tools with functions description.

  1. VMware Auto Deploy GUI – deployment of ESXi hosts with friendly interface and vSphere 6 support.

With help of VMware Auto Deploy GUI you can make profiles presetting and deploy new VMware ESXi 6 hosts for Stateless-environment directly from the GUI VMware vSphere Client:

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Posted by Oksana Zybinskaya on February 3, 2016
Hyperconverged Stories Contest

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Tell us anything you want about how you did hyperconverged project and get $500.

Share your experience and get $500 by participating in StarWind contest.

Write an interesting article focusing on the hyperconverged storage architecture. Send your story to us and we’ll publish it on our blog.

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Posted by Charbel Nemnom on February 3, 2016
How to Configure Storage Replication using Windows Server 2016? – Part 2

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Warning: This article is written with information related to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4.

In part one of this multi part blog on How to Configure Storage Replication in Windows Server 2016, we covered an introduction into Storage Replica which is a new feature introduced in Windows Server 2016, and we covered step by step the implementation of Windows Volume Replication (Server-to-server). In this follow up post, we are going to cover the implementation of volume replication with stretch cluster. This type of cluster features uses Asymmetric storage, two sites, two sets of shared storage and uses volume replication to ensure that data is available to all nodes in the cluster.

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Posted by Jon Toigo on January 25, 2016
Hyper-Converged Needs to Get Beyond the Hype

It used to be that, when you bought a server with a NIC card and some internal or direct attached storage, it was simply called a server. If it had some tiered storage – different media with different performance characteristics and different capacities – and some intelligence for moving data across “tiers,” we called it an “enterprise server”. If the server and storage kit were clustered, we called it a high availability enterprise server. Over the past year, though, we have gone through a collective terminology refresh.

Today, you cobble together a server with some software-defined storage software, a hypervisor, and some internal or external flash and/or disk and the result is called “hyper-converged infrastructure.” Given the lack of consistency in what people mean when they say “hyper-converged,” we may be talking about any collection of gear and software that a vendor has “pre-integrated” before marking up the kit and selling it for a huge profit. Having recently requested information from so-called hyper-converged infrastructure vendors, I was amazed at some of the inquiries I received from would-be participants.

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Posted by Anton Kolomyeytsev on January 22, 2016
Hyper-V: Free “Shared Nothing” SMB3 Failover File Server

A part of a series, the research is dedicated to the capability of free Microsoft Hyper-V Server R2 to assume a file server role and cluster the resulting file server. Our last experiment on this matter showed that it’s possible to create SMB3 File Server on the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server R2 and now we’re about to go further and cluster it. The post shows a detailed instruction on the process and also the resulting setup. It appears to be fully working and usable, so the process may be called a success after all. Though it is absolutely real to do so, it is a violation of Microsoft’s license agreement, so StarWind urges everyone to refrain from repeating the experiment.

2 servers with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 added into domain and the client node with Windows Server 2012 R2

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