VeeamOn Forum 2015 – June 11 – The truth about availability

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Veeam, famous for Backup and Replication, brings us the first of many forums to be held throughout Europe giving audiences a showcase of modern availability solutions for the datacenter and beyond. These 1 day events are designed to focus on solutions that Veeam can assist with and as an avid follower I will be attending the conference as a guest blogger courtesy of Veeam.

Head on over to this page to register to attend the event in London.

The event is free and if you wish to claim a free prize mention the name of my blog at the registration desk or mention you heard about the event at ‘Amit’s Technology Blog’ and you should get something pretty neat.

Hope to see some familiar faces there and if you see me feel free to come over and have a chat with me.

 

Opvizor Update – Kill those snapshots !!

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Opvizor is a product that is aimed at proactively addressing any critical errors in your vSphere environment and fixing them. Its unique turnkey solution is built on the premise that it proactively health checks and provides solutions to your vSphere Admin so they can concentrate on other work.

Today sees the release of a new free beta tool called ‘Snapwatcher‘.

You can finally say goodbye to those sneaky broken and invalid snapshots hiding in your VMware environment !!!!

Snapshots are almost a prerequisite in virtualisation, as they give virtual machine administrators the ability to return to previous stages if problems occur inside virtual environments. Unfortunately these same snapshots can quickly hog your disk space if you don’t regularly monitor and manage your virtual environment. Many invalid snapshots occur automatically when backup solutions trigger snapshot creation and deletion; whenever VMware struggles to delete a snapshot, an invalid snapshot is born. Broken snapshots can grow like wildfire if you’re not keeping track of them, and quickly balloon to consume most of your free disk space.

 

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The team at Opvizor noticed hundreds of terabytes of wasted broken or invalid snapshots in their customer environments and had a real passion to attack this head on. The problem with these snapshots are that a single Snapshot’s Delta-file is able to grow to the same size of the original file. Broken snapshots are a common problem and affect 81% of all VMware vSphere environments. If left undetected, they can easily amass and cause space shortages in datastores.

Snapwatcher is designed to be simple to use. With a single click, anyone can find and fix old, broken or invalid snapshots. Through system wide monitoring of the VMware vCenter systems, Snapwatcher monitors all VMware snapshots and sends progress reports to notify you of how much space it was able to free by repairing or removing the snapshots.

 

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You can download and try Snapwatcher here on the opvizor website by clicking “Try Snapwatcher by opvizor.”

If you’d like a video walkthrough please follow this Link

Simplivity and the proliferation of Hyperconvergence – VFD4

In a first of series of blog posts covering some of the vendors that caught my eye at VFD4, I’d like to introduce you all to Simplivity.

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Hyperconvergence, Convergence, Modular, Traditional – Lots of buzz words used in I.T. covering a multitude of offerings but for the purpose of this post I’d like to define hyperconvergence. Simply put, this involves collapsing several I.T. building blocks such as Compute, Storage, Networking & Apps into a single building block that can be deployed to a datacenter with minimal fuss. Simplivity have taken this a step further by intelligently adding capabilities such as Backup with Dedupe, D.R., WAN acceleration and Cloud Gateway. The diagram below (taken from Simplivity) highlights the journey from the traditional stack to a Hyperconveged stack. This truly simplifies the method of deploying virtualisation stacks to a datacenter and encompasses several technologies aiming to make this a lean and cost effective approach to companies wanting to go down the road of virtualisation. Simplivity uses its patented Omnistack technology on commodity x86 hardware to give you its building block known as the Omnicube.

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The company is led by its charismatic CEO – Doron Kempel. This is a man I admire for his tenacity and ambition and moving from a very different life outside I.T. to his MBA and onwards to work for some large I.T companies has helped him to develop his vision and understanding for where Simplivity can deliver value in a simplistic fashion. » Read more

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