VSAN-BROCADE-SC3New and hot of the press white paper just in time for VMworld, New Virtual SAN Enterprise Routed Networking deployments with Brocade.

Designing an implementing Virtual SAN across layer 3 networks require adequate planning and understanding of both the scalable capabilities of Virtual SAN and the network infrastructure, in order to be designed and implemented in the most flexible, efficient  way  in real scale-out fashion. This paper contains a reference design and all the implementation details for deploying and configuring Virtual SAN across large and scalable network infrastructure powered by Brocade.

Download the paper directly from the link below:

Virtual SAN Routed Network Deployment Brocade – Update

For more on Brocade’s Data Center IP Fabric and their networking devices use the link below:

Brocade Data Center Fabrics

For more on the Greatest Storage Platform Ever Created visit the Virtual SAN product page on vmware.com.

VMware Virtual SAN

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For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) and other Storage and Availability technologies, as well as vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

VSAN+vRA+CHLast week Cohesity unveiled a new integrated solution for Virtual SAN and vSphere. This solution is based on a plugin for vRealize Automation that provides vSphere, Virtual SAN, and Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect customers the ability to configure data protection configuration settings and requirements to virtual machines from the vRealized Automation service catalog.

Customers can leverage the full power of policy-based automation for both Virtual SAN and Cohesity DataPlatform. As a result, enterprises simplify operations and now also include their infrastructure data protection requirements with instant recovery and more efficient provisioning with automation and all while reducing infrastructure management operational risks and lowering the overall cost of operations.

We have built a plugin that is used to expose data protection policies in vRealize Automation.  Application owners using vRealize Automation to provision VMs as a self-service catalog can now select both primary storage policies (supported through VMware SPBM) and data protection policies (supported through Cohesity policies).  It all looks very integrated and seamless to application owners in vRealized Automation and its another step towards achieving full policy-based automation in the Software-Defined Datacenter.

If attending VMworld this week, sign up for session Cohesity & VMware: Simplifying data protection for vSphere [STO8204]. Wednesday August 31, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm where we’ll be showcasing the vRealize Automation plugin solution I have been collaborating with Cohesity for vSphere and Virtual SAN. Come see the solution in action!.

vRA-CH

For more information about Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect with Virtual SAN, You can also download the Cohesity and Virtual SAN white paper below:

Simplifying Data Protection For VMware Virtual SAN with Cohesity DataPlatform

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For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) and other Storage and Availability technologies, as well as vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

VSAN+BrocadeAs the growth and adoption of Virtual SAN continues to expand in enterprise data centers, the demand for designs and deployments across routed (L3) networks has increased. One of the fundamental components of the software-defined data center is Virtual SAN designs and deployments which must adhere to the same requirements and demands as the other software-defined data center components.

Designing an implementation of Virtual SAN across layer 3 networks require adequate planning and understanding of both the scalable capabilities of Virtual SAN and the network infrastructure, in order to be designed and implemented in the most flexible, efficient  way  in real scale-out fashion.

Virtual SAN extends upon the software-defined datacenter concept by pooling together distributed resources (storage devices) and manage them as a single entity (one datastore), this is achieved with the dependency of suitable network infrastructures to provide seamless inter-connectivity between the Virtual SAN cluster nodes.

When developing enterprise grade, Hyper-converged Infrastructure designs for Virtual SAN capable of supporting the deployments of similar component (hosts) it is critical to have a network infrastructure that can meet the connectivity requirements and be able to provide interconnectivity up to 100,000’s of hosts. At the time the network infrastructure must be flexible and have the ability to support the move of Virtual SAN cluster components whenever necessary.

Imagine pulling down a network harness to connect the nodes
Visualize the statement above as having a network harness installed in every rack where you can just pull it down and attach the Virtual SAN hosts. This would need to be the type of network that is high-performing, predictable, massively scalable and resilient enough to support storage traffic together with all the other traffic in the SDDC. Read Full Article →

VSAN+IntelWOW!!! I just learned about an incredible piece of information with regards to Virtual SAN and some record breaking performance. This is something that current  and potential Virtual SAN customers should be able to love and appreciate.

Intel continues to push the boundaries of Virtual SAN with their technologies and flash devices. Last year they delivered the World’s first all-flash 64 node cluster (The BigDaddy as I called it). This was an impressive configuration that reached a total of 6.7 million IOPS delivering about 100K IOPS per node.

For VMworld, they decided to put together something nice and basically push things a bit more and showcase the very first all NVMe flash Virtual SAN 6.2 beast based on their new Intel SSD P3520 Series devices and the results are incredible. Below is cluster configuration:

Eight Supermicro* SuperServer 2028U-TN24R4T servers with

  • Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2687Wv4 (12 Core @ 3.0 Ghz)
  • 256 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Boot Drive – 1x Intel® SSD DC S3710 Series (200 GB, 2.5”)
  • Virtual SAN SSDs – 4 Disk Groups comprised of
    • 4x Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series (800 GB, 2.5” SFF)
    • 20x Intel® SSD DC P3520 Series (2 TB, 2.5” SFF)
  • Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X540-DA2

The new all NVMe flash Virtual SAN 6.2 cluster (BigDaddy+) realized an impressive 1.2M average IOPS from the eight nodes setting a new record of 150K IOPS per node, 50% higher than last years all-flash configuration and has totally smashed the previous performance record for all NVMe flash virtual SAN cluster.

Intel-VSAN-Results

If you are attending VMworld next week and want the gory details, the folks from Intel will presenting a session and covering all of the tests performed and configuration. I highly recommend attending the session. Here is the name and scheduled:

STO9396-SPO “Real World Guidance for Implementing VMware Virtual SAN from Ready Nodes to Build Your Own” on Monday August 29th 2:30-3:30PM

For more information and details please follow the link below to Intel’s Chuck Brown’s posting.

Virtual SAN 6.2 Sets New Record

To see it live, don’t forget to stop by the HCI Zone at VMworld, where my buddies Chuck Brown and John Hubbard of Intel will showcase the BigDaddy+.

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For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) and other Storage and Availability technologies, as well as vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.