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511, 2012

Dell Storage Forum Sydney a massive success

By |November 5th, 2012|AppAssure, Compellent, DSF, EqualLogic|0 Comments

Those following me on twitter would have been sick to death of hearing me talk about it but the Aussie Dell Storage Forum (DSF) has come and gone and it was a bloody good day .. very long, but good. It was the best opportunity we have had to showcase Dell’s growing storage solutions and portfolio in Australia and the feedback so far has been very positive :).

Imma let me keep this post short, but @PenguinPunk has one of the best event overviews of all time (cause it saves me lots of time)

The keynote was the same style as the Boston DSF with the whiteboard and talking about where Fluid Data is heading, especially around Fluid Cache and AppAssure. It was a bit different to Carter George’s slow and steady wins the race style Brett Roscoe lead it well and was really funny. The room was so packed that I heard there were 50 – 80 people outside the room watching on the big screen.

There there were four main session tracks, Compellent, EqualLogic, Powervault and “everything else” :). I was in the everything else stream presenting the first two AppAssure sessions with Andrew Diamond. I was handling the live demo .. yes .. live demo, danger, and it was running on the worlds largest laptop – a  Precision M6700 – it had more guts than my R710 PowerEdge server but after lugging it around for two days I am now an inch and a half shorter (In height, mind out of gutter please). It all went well and no one asked me to repeat myself because of mumbling so I consider that a win!

For those who don’t know Andrew, I am like the Robin to his Batman for Dell Storage in Queensland and NT … because being from QLD, we love hanging out in our undies (thanks Dave). Not a whole lot that boy doesn’t know. I help him out with things like cranking up the the twitter machine and which meme is appropriate where :)

On the floor was where most of the action was with two racks full of kit and a bunch of the storage specialists answering questions and doing live demos. It had a bunch of new kit including:

  • The new EQL M4110 blade
  • SC8000 Compellent array
  • FS8600 Compellent FluidFS NAS box
  • The 60 drive “RoadKing” PowerVault MD3 array

Lunch for the masses apparently was good, I got to have fancy lunch with all the media dudes because I am a “blogger”. I think I’m going to rock up to other tech or fashion shows and say “I’m a blogger, food please”. One feedback I had about the public lunch was that the salmon was the driest they had ever eaten. I just assumed there was a salmon walking around cracking jokes like:

What are the two sexiest animals in the barn yard? “Brown chicken brown cow”.

So some stats if you care:

  • 411 customers, 4 were mine :)
  • 31 breakout sessions, 23 hours of content and 19 speakers and 1 sub woofa mate

We topped it off with a few tasty beverages at the end of the day including these blue Fluid Cocktails – they had some kick – and Prinnie from the Voice singing some tunes, the girl can sing.

It doesn’t just stop there, here is a list of all the sessions that were run during the day. If there is something that interests you and you want to find out more about it, contact your Dell sales team and we’ll help you out. If you’re not currently a customer all good, either contact me through the blog or on twitter and we can go from there. Don’t forget to ask about DPACK assessment as well.

One of the highlights of the day is that this tweet made it on the big board :)

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Finally, here are a few photos from the day on Facebook.

The day was a great success and was exceptionally run, I can’t wait for next year, it will be huge.

2210, 2012

New Dell Storage products just released in time for DSF Sydney

By |October 22nd, 2012|AppAssure, Compellent, DSF, EqualLogic|0 Comments

The good thing about trade shows is new stuff, and DSF Sydney is no exception. Actually there are a few so I will keep this to the point.

  • Hybrid EqualLogic storage array – SSD and NLSAS in the same shelf.
  • Compellent FS8600 – Unified NAS for Compellent
  • AppAssure 5.3 with Linux support
  • FluidFS support for Quest SharePoint Maximizer
  • Dell Active Infrastructure

Hybrid EqualLogic storage array

EqualLogic PS6510 iSCSI ArrayThe PS65x0ES is a pretty nifty box. It is based on the 48 drive sumo form factor but with 7 SSD drives and 41 NLSAS drives. The array acts as one pool of storage and tiers data automatically, giving you the SSD punch with the NLSAS fat capacity. It would suit apps like VDI, some databases and high bandwidth media.

  • PS6500ES is the 1Gbit version
  • PS6510ES is the 10Gbit version

Another bonus is that the new VMware HIT kit will be released. The HIT kit version is 3.5 and supports ESX 5.1 now and the new EqualLogic v6 firmware. I wrote it like that because a lot of the marketing material says HIT/VMware 3.5 which confuses everyone cause this think it’s for VMware version 3.5.

http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/d/campaigns/nextbigthing 

Compellent FS8600

Being a NAS guy at heart, I was personally very happy to see the FS8600 get released. It’s high performance, scale-out NAS for Compellent. The FS8600 runs the same FluidFS system that the NX3600 and FS7600 uses but it is fully integrated in the Compellent management systems.

It tweaked to maximise the thin-all-day-everyday-ness of Compellent as well as taking full advantage of the automatic tiering benefits that made Compellent famous in the first place.

It’s a 2U box that contains two clustered controllers, so they are active-active with mirrored write cache. We can get up to 4 x FS8600’s to act as a single namespace serving out a single share up to 1PB in size. That’s the figures but no one I know needs a filesystem that big at the moment, at least not in Australia. On the sister FS7500/FS7600 systems I am more commonly seeing shares about the 50 – 100TB mark.

It supports replication, AV, quotas etc, but I think it’s main advantage is that because it front ends Compellent, Compellent will auto tier your NAS data, so the new and hot data is on tier 1, and the old stuff no one is using gets moved to cheap tier 3 disk.

I intend on doing a more in depth techo post in the next couple of weeks.

http://www.compellent.com/Products/FS8600.aspx 

AppAssure 5.3 with Linux support

AppAssure is another product I have been meaning to write about but time and sleep have gotten in the way. It’s a next gen backup system that Dell bought a few months ago. It uses snapshots and deltas to trickle feed backups over the course of the day, forever incremental style. Instead of the nightly big bang backups that smash the system, it’s spread over the course of the day and sent to a centralised core system to minimise impact to prod systems. It’s a great way of looking at backups and I have been treating it like my little baby since it came out. It doesn’t fit everywhere but for a lot of customers I meet it’s a great fit, and quite affordable too.

Again, I intend on adding much more content about AppAssure ..  promise. In the mean time, its free for a 14 day trial and takes about 30 mins to setup … pieceofpissmate

The big addition is Linux support but the bulk deploy features will save a lot of admins a fair chunk of time. Here are the main updates in AppAssure Software (V5.3.1)

  • Capability to protect Linux servers

      Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.3 (32 and 64 bit)
      CentOS 6.3 (32 and 64 bit)
      Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (32 and 64 bit)
      SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 (32 and 64 bit)

  • Bulk Deploy and Bulk Protect using Active Directory or vCenter
  • Command Line and GUI Usability Enhancements
  • Updated Reporting and Embedded Help

http://www.appassure.com/server-backup-replication-and-recovery/linux-backup-and-recovery/

    FluidFS support for Quest SharePoint Maximizer

    sharepointmaximizerIf you didn’t know, Dell acquired Quest Software last month which added about 42000* new products to the Dell Software offerings (*slight exaggeration).

    One of those products is the Quest Storage Maximizer for SharePoint which now supports Dell’s FluidFS platform.

    “Quest Storage Maximizer (SMAX) is the most efficient and lightest weight external storage solution for SharePoint on the market. Files that are typically housed within SQL can be externalized and stored on a Fluid File System (Fluid FS) thus reducing the burden on SQL and increasing SharePoint performance.”

    What that is saying is that  using the Quest tool, we can use FluidFS as the storage for all your SharePoint data, instead of messy blobs inside a SQL database. Not only does SharePoint go quicker, but it can scale a hell of a lot easier.

    http://www.quest.com/storage-maximizer-for-sharepoint/

    Dell Active Infrastructure

    This one I’m still catching up with. Dell vStart all in one solutions have been around for a while, this now adds converged infrastructure directly in the blade chassis with a new IO Aggregator and unified management across the system. Dell is also offering these systems will pre-integrated, optimised software and solutions like SharePoint out of the box which will be fantastic. I am picturing a situation where a customer tells me they are looking at implementing SharePoint 2013 and will need to buy some more storage and compute as we as come services to set it all up. Instead I give them one product number and the new system arrives in a few weeks, already racked, already cabled with SharePoint installed and running and ready for production. Tres sexy.

    It’s only just been announced so not a lot of in-depth info yet, lets hope what I am thinking is right! Smile And I also hope you can customise those stickers on the rack, like this.

    That’s it

    DSF is going to be a great day, it’s not too late to register and come along and remember, use the #DellSFau tag and if you are leaving your computer don’t forget to http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/lockthetaskbah.swf

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