Attend VeeamON, because community

Attend VeeamON, because community

In the pre-VMworld buzz, it’s not hard to forget other virtualization-related conferences. VeeamON, however, is a new kid on the block, and I have high expectations for this conference. Why attend VeeamON? I tend to choose to attend conferences based on the ‘community’ aspect of the conference. Does the event attract a big virtualization community, does it have community events and gatherings (parties, white boarding sessions, blogger space, stuff like vBrownBag and of course User …

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Separate ISO datastore and VSAN? Use Veeam vPower NFS!

Separate ISO datastore and VSAN? Use Veeam vPower NFS!

Recently, I have had a design challenge for my non-profit unmanaged VPS hosting project, klauwd.com. The challenge basically comes down to offering ISO files to the platform’s tenants. In earlier design iterations, I’ve always had a separate datastore on shared storage with separate tenant rights assigned to the datastore. I’ve used products like Nexenta, FreeNAS and HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand OS) virtual appliances to transform local storage to shared storage and carve up multiple datastore from there. This has worked …

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Running a Dell PERC with high latency? Check the LSI SMI-S vib!

Running a Dell PERC with high latency?  Check the LSI SMI-S vib!

I’ve been having a lot of latency issues lately with two Dell PowerEdge R310s. These 1U boxes have a low end controller, an PERC H200. I’ve been having latency spikes in the range of 500-600ms, which is high enough to have the Linux VMs remount their filesystems in read-only mode continuously. This basically happens any time any of the VMs does moderate (say, 25+) iops, and causes the controller to lock up and take down multiple other VMs along the …

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Can’t delete a Nutanix datastore?

Can’t delete a Nutanix datastore?

During some performance and configuration testing of a Nutanix cluster, I came across an issue where I couldn’t delete a Nutanix datastore (container) from the cluster. I could successfully unmount it from all hosts in the cluster, but I couldn’t actually delete it. Now, you won’t run into this issue very often, but a clear case where you would is when performing the Nutanix Diagnostics test. This test involves creating a container, mounting it on …

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Nutanix and Dell to team up to deliver the new XC-series appliances

So remember when I talked about Nutanix going into the software-only market? Today, they’re taking another step in that direction by signing an OEM deal with Dell. Not only are they combining technical powers (running Dell PowerEdge hardware with the Nutanix secret software sauce on top), they’re also joining forces in “sales, marketing, support and service investments, as well as alignment of product roadmaps“. I think this is very smart for both parties, since Nutanix can leverage …

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For the home lab: free toolkit from Veeam, Starwind and 5nine!

For the home lab: free toolkit from Veeam, Starwind and 5nine!

This is a little cool gem I discovered today: a free toolkit made available by Veeam, Starwind and 5nine software. This toolkit enables anyone to get started with virtualization, completely free. And even better, it’s very well known and high-quality stuff, too. The most affordable toolkit to meet your goals! There is no better way to start virtualizing than with a FREE Microsoft Hyper-V environment, free backup, free virtual storage and free management software! With …

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Nutanix NOS Software Editions

Nutanix NOS Software Editions

In my previous post ‘Nutanix NOS v4.0: a technical preview‘ on Nutanix NOS v4, I left out a huge change in the product portfolio: software editions. I wanted to wait until I got my facts straight and be able to give you the full story. Instead of a single SKU for hardware + software, Nutanix is going to take a first step to a software-only portfolio by decoupling the software features from the underlying hardware appliance …

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Nutanix NOS v4.0: a technical preview

Nutanix NOS v4.0: a technical preview

So today, Nutanix has released version 4 of their ‘Nutanix OS’. NOS is the heart of the Nutanix solution, and is the software that enables all the goodies. It’s what makes Nutanix, well, Nutanix, and does all the distributin’ and all that. So, what’s new? Let’s do a play-by-play of new and improved features. Better Performance, Availability and Scale First up, the data fabric (or data services). Integrated Data Protection This feature is all about …

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Workstation 10 winners | vExpert 2014

Workstation 10 The Workstation 10 license winners are: Jerome Maury Harold Schoofs Craig Miller Congratulations! I will contact you shortly to hand over the license keys. vExpert 2014 In a very punctual and timely fashion, Corey Romero posted the vExpert 2014 announcement online yesterday. It is with great pleasure to see that I’ve once again been elected for the VMware vExpert title! Together with many of my Dutch and international friends, the vExpert community has …

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VMware Fusion 6 Pro winners | Workstation 10 license giveaway

VMware Fusion 6 Pro winners | Workstation 10 license giveaway

Fusion 6 Pro The Fusion 6 Pro license winners are: Jonathan Stewart Michel Keus Congratulations! I will contact you both to hand over the license keys. Workstation 10 But wait! After publishing the Fusion giveaway, William Myrhang and Bo Fu from the Workstation team reached out to me. I guess they felt left out and offered a couple of VMware Workstation licenses to give away, too. Big thanks to William and Bo for arranging this! This time, …

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