VSAN-DTECHLABS-LOGOHyper-converged solutions continue to rise in the data centers as the architecture of choice and the preferred building block to build a Software-Defined Data Center. VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) is making significant progress with the modernization of data centers powered by vSphere. VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software solution delivers a combination of practical and simplified management functionality along with advanced and sophisticated compute and storage technologies. The broad spectrum of hardware compatibility for VMware Hyper-Converged Software allows for the design of highly customized and creative solutions for unique use cases.

VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software solution delivers a combination of practical and simplified management functionality along with advanced and sophisticated compute and storage technologies. The broad spectrum of hardware compatibility for VMware Hyper-Converged Software allows for the design of highly customized and creative solutions for unique use cases.

VMware’s Hyper-Converged Software solution delivers a combination of practical and simplified management functionality along with advanced and sophisticated compute and storage technologies. The broad spectrum of hardware compatibility for VMware HCS allows for the design of highly customized and creative solutions for unique use cases.

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Data centers are traditionally thought of as large facilities that are used to house computer systems and their associated components. Today’s modern data centers come in many different shapes, and sizes, and are deployed dynamically in non-traditional locations.To meet the diverse demands of these non-traditional data center locations such as the ones required by the military, government, emergency services/first responders, and civilian/commercial customer of any size.

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DTECH LABS is a CUBIC company that designs, manufactures, and integrates deployable and tactical communications productsdtechlabs-logo and solutions for military, government, emergency services/first responders, and civilian/commercial customer base. Working with VMware, DTECH LABS along with other leading government partners created an integrated, deployable, and tactical communications family of devices designed to embrace strategic computing innovations with VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS). The M3-SE-VSVR-P and M3-SE-VSAN-P are the FIRST devices to provide VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS) with VMware Virtual SAN, Data Center Virtualization, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure capabilities to the tactical edge, in the ruggedized small form factor communications industry. The M3-SE product line provides ruggedized, portable, shallow depth servers and communications equipment designed for austere operational environments. All designed with 12Gb/s SAS RAID and HBA controllers, respectively, and have 100% component compatibility with the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

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roloThe spring season is here, and so is the beginning of all the vendor and industry technology conference season. There is a lot of excitement in the industry today, ranging from new products, solutions, technology advancements, mergers, and acquisitions, and much more. You can expect to hear a lot of announcements and news on many of most relevant and buzzing topics in the industry today.
You can expect coverage around emerging data center hardware and software technologies and architectures ranging from:

  • Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
  • Hyper-Converged infrastructures (HCI)
  • Hyper-Converged-Software (HCS)
  • Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Clouds (Hybrid, Public, Private)
  • Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) and Containers

I will be attending many of the upcoming industry and user conferences, and I will also be participating as a keynote or general breakout session speaker. I will be hosting discussions on many of the topics listed above and here are a few already scheduled events:

VMUG

San Diego VMUG USERCON – http://www.vmug.com
Event Date: April 24, 10:20 AM
Session: Virtual SAN 6.2 Technical What’s New
Category: Software Defined, Converged Infrastructure
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: Virtual SAN 6.2 is simple, enterprise-class, software-defined storage and is a key component of VMware Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS). This session covers all of the new features and capabilities introduced in the latest release and how these new features and capability impact the consumption of resources in the data center.

EMC World 2016 – http://www.emcworld.comEMC World
Event Date: May 2, 3 PM, May 3, 8:30 AM
Session: VMware Virtual SAN: Enterprise-Grade Storage For Hyper-Converged Infrastructures
Category: Storage Automation & Management, Software Defined, Converged Infrastructure
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: This session provides detailed insights into the technical facts and value proposition of Virtual SAN as a storage platform for hyper-covered infrastructures (HCI). It covers the scalable architecture and capabilities of the platform. It focuses on the new data services such deduplication, compression, erasure coding and QoS, which are aimed at today’s enterprise use cases. The session concludes with a technology roadmap that goes beyond traditional vSphere use cases. We make the case for HCI and Virtual SAN as a platform architecture for Cloud-Native Applications.

DataCore Seminar – http://info.datacore.com/breakfastinvegas DataCore
Event Date: May 4, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session: Join VMware and DataCore Software for an informal but informative breakfast seminar discussing the benefits of a universal control plane and Storage Policy Based Management in a virtualized heterogeneous storage infrastructure. Learn about DataCore’s storage software abstraction with vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) support, where operational efficiency is manifested across heterogeneous storage no matter the workload characteristics and demands.

Interop Las Vegas – http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/ Interior Las Vegas
Event Date: May 4, 3 PM
Session: The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence: Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software
Category: Storage Automation & Management
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized data center into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN. We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high-performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.

Interop Las Vegas – http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/ Interior Las Vegas
Event Date: May 5, 3:15 PM
Session: Tearing Down the Storage Silo: Managing Storage with Code VMware Hyper-Converged Software
Category: Storage Automation & Management
Technical Level: Advanced Panel
Abstract: As IT organizations embrace virtualization and cloud technologies to more rapidly address the business needs of their organizations the storage team is too frequently viewed as an anchor holding back progress. By shifting the day-to-day provisioning and management of storage from a the storage team to the system, or cloud, managing storage with code, rather than humans clicking through GUIs and arcane CLIs is a key to an agile infrastructure. With the storage team relieved of the drudgery of day-to-day provisioning, they can turn their appropriately paranoid minds to more strategic architectural issues such like multi-site replication or how to store the data from all those new video cameras.

If you are attending any of the conferences listed above and the topics are of interest, mark the time and date on your calendars. Feel free to stop by and say hello and potentially engage in conversations on different topics.

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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.

CaptainVSANPowerCLIAs a follow-up to my previous post on the topic of Virtual SAN automation, VMware Virtual SAN Automated Deployments with PowerCLI, I want to continue the Virtual SAN automation theme and share another automated demonstration example.

This time, I want to highlight one of the primary use cases for Virtual SAN with the focus on availability and business continuity. Using PowerCLI, you can quickly perform the deployment and configuration of all of the necessary settings and artifacts required in a virtual infrastructure to configure a Virtual SAN cluster across multiple data centers. In this example, I have chosen one of the most complicated Virtua SAN deployment options from an implementation and maintenance perspective which is a Stretched Cluster between multiple data centers over layer 3 networks.

This type of Virtual SAN deployment is highly dependent on the physical network infrastructure and on the adequate configuration required to allow Virtual SAN communication over Layer 2 networks (Multicast) as well as routed networks (PIM). The preparation and configuration of the physical network infrastructure is typically the responsibility of a dedicated team of network engineers and

This type of Virtual SAN deployment is highly dependent on the physical network infrastructure and on the adequate configuration required to allow Virtual SAN communication over Layer 2 networks (Multicast) as well as routed networks (PIM). The preparation and configuration of the physical network infrastructure is typically the responsibility of a dedicated team of network engineers and therefore it is not something I’m trying to address here with PowerCLI. The assumption is that the physical network infrastructure has been configured and prepared to satisfy the networking requirements for Virtual SAN communication.

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CaptainVSANPowerCLIWith the new release of Virtual SAN 6.2, the engineering teams have made significant efforts on increasing the product’s interoperability with Command Line tools, and deliver accessible APIs for just about everything on the product.

There is an effort to make the Virtual SAN experience friendly for the DevOps audience. As we’re preparing the platform to support use cases for the VMware Photon Platform, it makes sense to become a bit more proactive with Virtual SAN CLI tools that are supported on different types of operating systems and development platforms. I’m working on a few projects that revolve around some of those use cases and I will be sharing a couple of examples in a series of blogs.

I will start with one of the most useful and powerful command line interface tools for windows and vSphere, PowerCLI. I’ve been working with Alan Renouf for some time now on the automation of all types of things with regards to the deployments of Virtual SAN. Alan who is our PowerCLI and all things APIs master and now product manager in case you didn’t know because you went to Mars and just got back from that trip.

Alan and I have been spending time working on a couple of efforts developing automated solution for the complete deployment of Virtual SAN at a data center level with the minimum amount interaction and touches with the vSphere Web Client. The idea is for anyone to get in front of their computer and very easily deploy and destroy a Virtual SAN infrastructure for any use case at any point in time if needed. You know the sorta things folks in DevOps do all the time.

So, I wanted to share the code for a PowerCLI script we have created that delivers the exact experience mentioned above. The code includes automated configuration procedures of the following vSphere and Virtual SAN artifacts:

  • Virtual Datacenter
  • Cluster
  • Adding Hosts to Cluster
  • Host Configuration (DNS, NTP, VMkernel interfaces for Virtual SAN, vMotion, VLANs, iSCSI Targets)SOLID-VSAN_logo_logo_color
  • iSCSI Software Initiator – for access to external storage
  • Distributed Switch, Distributed Port Groups
  • DVUplinks (Based on Virtual SAN recommended configurations)
  • NIC teaming policy
  • Enable Virtual SAN
  • Claim Storage devices – Flash – Caching/Write Buffer and Capacity
  • Disk Groups
  • Space Efficiency features – Sparse Swap

Note that some of the Virtual SAN features being enabled here are only available in the 6.2 release. If this is not the version you are working with, you can remove those lines of code and not include them in your script in order to avoid the ugly PowerCLI red error text on your screen.

There are a couple of new Virtual SAN features which haven’t been exposed to PowerCLI cmdlets yet and they have to be enabled from the UI at the moment. The necessary fixes for this are already in the works. The features I’m referring to are Virtual SAN’s Deduplication and Compression cluster settings as well as the Performance Services.

I used the latest version of PowerCLI which was released last week I recommend getting – PowerCLI 6.3 Release 1. I’ve included a demonstration of the script at work below to see it all working. I recommend watching the video in full screen more to clearly see the actions performed by the script just in case the font on the windows is too small to see.


You can copy the code below and use it as much as you like. I hope everyone finds this useful and for those PowerCLI pros out there feel free to provide comments and improvements. This script is great for all types of proof of concepts with minimal changes required. All you need to know and change is the IP addresses and settings to match the network settings relevant to the infrastructures where deploying Virtual SAN.

I would like to thank the folks at Micron for being generous and providing the flash devices for the Virtual SAN infrastructure used for the creation of the demo.

-Enjoy

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+NSX LogoTomorrow morning VMware will be hosting a webcast event where I will be discussing VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX interoperability. The webcast is a primer to a frequently discussed topic around the compatibility and interoperability of Virtual SAN and NSX. Many VMware customers have asked: Are Virtual SAN and NSX compatible? If this is a topic you are interested in take a brief moment from your busy day and attend the webcast and take a look at the information and examples I will presenting.

Learn how Virtual SAN and NSX can co-exist on the same vSphere infrastructure to provide all the advantages of network virtualization for hyper-converged infrastructure.
In this technical webinar we will have a detailed discussion of Virtual SAN deployment and network configurations, along with:

  • Virtual SAN and ESX networking communications
  • Virtual SAN and NSX, including when and how to use Layer-2 and Layer-3 network topologies
  • Virtual SAN stretched cluster networking

Sign up for the webcast event from the link below:

A Primer in VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX Compatibility

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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. (edit)