Ahh, a brand new year. It smells fresh …

I’m not a New Years Resolution guy, because I always break them. I prefer nondescript dates, innocuous, inconsequential (I’m all out of big words). A good example is when I started the LCHF eating plan, I picked Sunday Nov 2nd 2014 for no other reason than it wasn’t a key date and it wasn’t a Monday to start :)

So, I’m breaking habits but like a lot of people I am making a resolution to post more and about more things, and what an easy start, a post about posting more.

Just before the Christmas break we got a bunch of the Queensland Dell specialists and solution consultants together in the boardroom and we brought in all our toys.

  • Dell XC Nutanix
  • Dell Networking running Cumulus
  • Dell Storage SC Series SCv2020 iSCSI array
  • “Cough” Supermicro Nutanix :)
  • Dell Storage PS Series PS6210XV
  • And a bunch of other bits, including my trusty 1G TP-LINK 16 port switch, which I call THE WORKHORSE

We may run out of ports here

Cumulus switch deployment and configuration with Ansible on a Dell Networking S4048-ON open networking switch.

Lots of playing around with the XC clusters, connecting SC storage into XC nodes. Pulling cables, failure scenarios. The networking team automated the deployment of Cumulus and configuration via Ansible which was pretty awesome. Cam from Nutanix testing replication from ESX to Acropolis and doing a restore. (I won’t steal his thunder here as he is going to do his own post about this atย http://invisibleinfra.com/).

One thing we did (sort-of) get working is the Cumulus integration into Prism. Very cool. Full doco on how to do that is here.

We learnt a lot, especially that we tried to do too much at once which slowed us down a bit. We will be looking to run these once a quarter and if we get better at it we’ll get customers involved as well. I was using the hashtag #bnedellplugfest but I think that was a bit long and it would have been more interesting if it wasn’t just me tweeting :)

As you can see, fodder for a few interesting blog posts. Now to follow through …

I hope everyone has a great year, I know as a Storage guy in Dell this year is going to be VERY interesting.

Cheers Daniel