VMworld 2017 Sessions Open for Voting

Yep!! VMworld 2017 is upon us and its coming fast. Now that all the industry vendors and virtualization enthusiast in the community have submitted their sessions, its time for everyone to take a look at the content catalog and vote for what you want to see this year’s conference.

I submitted a couple of sessions that I hope are of interest to all VMware and Cohesity customers and everyone in the community. If any of my proposed topics are of interest, Please feel free to vote for any or all of them. Let’s hope I can get at least one accepted and I hope to see everyone at the event. Take a minute read the titles and identify the session ID and vote!.

Summited VMworld 2017 Session – Vote!

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For future updates about Cohesity, Data Management, Primary and Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol), vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA), and anything in our wonderful world of technology be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

Cohesity 2017 World Tour – Starting in EMEA

Get ready EMEA because in two weeks the Cohesity 2017 World Tour begins in Nordics. It has been a long time since my last visit to the Nordics, and I’m extremely excited to get back to the North Atlantic once again to participate in the Nordic VMUGs. It will be great to see the Cohesity Vikings Paul Schatteles and Frank Brix in their native habitat. We will be attending a couple of VMUG community events, and visiting Cohesity customers.

Get your calendars ready and save the dates for the following VMUG events:

Paul, Frank, and I will be present at the events listed above ready and eager to discussing all topics about Cohesity and all of the technology and solutions changes that are driving the data center transformation. Attend the events for an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about Cohesity technologies, solutions and capabilities that exceed the data protection domain in order to make your data productive. Traditional data protection solutions only provide an expensive insurance policy. Organizations data is deemed unproductive until disaster strikes.  Cohesity takes a completely different approach.  Data is valuable, and Cohesity puts backup data to productive use.  Once the data is protected on Cohesity, it can be used to support multiple use cases.

We will be covering a range of critical topics such as converged data protection, data retention, analytics, copy data management, vSphere, automation, business critical applications, public and private cloud integration, along with the challenges Cohesity is helping to solve in the enterprise and the way the companies solutions and innovations are redefining the industry’s definition of secondary storage and being much more than just another backup solution.

Make the time and join us we guaranteed to be a fun learning experience. We hope to see everyone there! 😀👍

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For future updates about Cohesity, Data Management, Primary and Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol), vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA), and anything in our wonderful world of technology be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

Backup is Easy Kids, Restore on the other Hand…

I was inspired to write this by something one of my good buddies Tom Hollingsworth (@networkingnerd) said on Twitter. “Backup is easy, kids. Restore, on the other hand…” Tom’s quote immediately got me thinking about one of Cohesity’s data protection and recovery capabilities that for some reason it isn’t frequently discussed. Data recovery capabilities should be closely evaluated and considered as a critical function of an organization’s business continuity plans and procedures. After all, many data protection solutions can very efficiently perform backup tasks, but when it comes to recovery, that is not that case. As the industry is currently plagued with data protection and recovery solutions that are based on outdated architectures and capabilities, most the available legacy data protection solutions available in the industry today, are incapable of performing recovery functions suitable to the business demands of enterprise organizations. While failures are, a given in modern network infrastructures, lengthy outages are conditions that most modern businesses cannot tolerate in today’s economies.

Data recovery capabilities should be closely evaluated and considered as critical functions of an organization’s business continuity plans and procedures. After all, many of the legacy data protection solutions can very efficiently perform backup tasks, but when it comes to recovery, that is not that case. As the industry is currently plagued with data protection and recovery solutions that are based on outdated architectures and capabilities, most the available legacy data protection solutions available in the industry today, are incapable of performing recovery functions suitable to the business demands of enterprise organizations. While failures are, a given in modern network infrastructures, lengthy outages are conditions that most modern businesses cannot tolerate in today’s economies.

Legacy solutions aren’t able to recover large amounts of data quickly enough in the event of an outage or failure. The inability to perform data recovery functions fast enough to satisfy recovery time objectives (RTO) can result in an adverse financial or development impact to an organization. Today, when qualifying a data protection solutions, enterprise organizations should pay close attention and evaluate the recovery capabilities and characteristics of the solution before acquiring it.

Here are some example characteristics that should be considered and evaluated:

  • Management – integrated converged, or individually managed (siloed)
  • Procedures – recovery workflows, recovery complexities, interoperability
  • Speed – recovery speeds based on performance
  • Targets or Endpoints – recovery flexibility – same or different systems
  • Recovery Tasks – recovery tasks are performed in serial or simultaneous actions

The characteristics above should be included as part of the evaluation when considering a modern enterprise data protection solution. Some of the listed characteristics, as well as others, have a direct impact on an organization’s business continuity plans with regards to recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.

In today’s highly virtualized infrastructures, enterprise organizations must deal with extremely high volumes of information and data being generated that requires efficient and fast protection as well as fast recovery.

Recovering individual files of unstructured data can be considered trivial depending on the size or the capacity of data that needs to be restored and recovered. Restoring virtual machines can be potentially much more involved process than it is recovering single files or database. Business critical applications are often composed of a multitude of distributed components, those being a multitude of virtual machines with a variety of operating systems, access gateways, load balancers, web servers, databases, files, and more. Each of these components is individually generating and storing large quantities of data, but they all work together to provide a service. In the event of a complete service failure, recovering a single component of that application at a time may not meet the recovery time objectives required by the business. This is where enterprise organizations need to pay close attention to one of the valuable capability provided by Cohesity.

Cohesity’s DataPlatform delivers unprecedented data protection operational value and efficiency to enterprise data centers. With its integrated data protection solution DataProtect, Cohesity collapses the data protection management silos and procedures into an integrated data protection solution for applications, physical, virtualized, and cloud infrastructures that are second to none.

With Cohesity, enterprise organizations can perform recovery functions that can adhere to their recovery point objectives (RPO) requirements ranging from:

  • Near-instantaneous recovery of multi-tiered applications
  • Near-instantaneous recovery of infrastructure management stacks
  • Near-instantaneous recovery of virtual machine or files
  • Near-instantaneous recovery of unlimited virtual machines simultaneously

Cohesity’s near-instantaneous recovery capabilities are achieved by the DataPlatform’s ability to run clones of virtual machines and their files and applications directly on the Cohesity Data Platform.  The modern hyperconverged architecture (compute, storage, network, software) of the Cohesity DataPlatform ensures fast recovery points and near-instantaneous recovery times with the supports of highly scalable snapshots and clones.

Enterprise organizations can take many clones at any time interval with uncapped retention policies, without ever affecting performance or consuming additional space. Leveraging the Cohesity snapshots and fast, parallel data ingest, businesses can protect applications as often as desired and reduce RPOs to as low as 5 minutes.

Here is a recovery demonstration of a business critical multi-tiered application that is composed of 16 different virtual machines which are all running on an all-flash VMware vSAN hyperconverged cluster for optimal application performance. Watch how fast the application is quickly restored with all its virtual machines components and its ~2TB in capacity. In this demonstration, I showcase the ability to quickly restore the services provided by the application and then finally migrating all the components back to the primary storage platform which in this case is vSAN.

With Cohesity, virtual machines can be recovered instantly by creating a clone of the backup VM and running that clone directly on the Cohesity platform. If needed, the clone can be moved back to primary storage using Storage vMotion. Data protection is further enhanced through an indexing engine that rapidly indexes all the VMs being backed up, the files within the VMs, and all associated metadata. This has the benefit of easily mining backup data with a simple text-based search and restore to find VMs and files quickly. This restore can also place the file(s) in the source location further reducing the burden associated with managing restore processes.

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For future updates about Cohesity, Data Management, Primary and Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol), vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA), and anything in our wonderful world of technology be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

FlashStack with Cohesity Reference Architecture

The evolution and transformation of the data center has begun. As enterprise organizations continue to focus on the adoption of next generation products and solutions with updated capabilities and modernized architectures, the overall goal to continuously increase business value and agility while also reducing infrastructure related expenses and doing more with less. Today’s modern data center are all about optimization that is to be achieved by software-defined solutions capable of providing elastic resources for the core pillars of the data center (compute, storage, network, automation) that are backed by a performant and robust infrastructure backbone.

A new generation of products from some of the industry leaders in their respective domains are being combined into converged solutions that are capable of providing the increased value and agility sought out by enterprise organizations for their data centers. One of the modern converged solutions today comes from Pure Storage, Cisco, and VMware and its called FlashStack. FlashStack is a flexible all-flash converged infrastructure solution that combines the latest in compute, network, storage hardware and virtualization software, into a single, integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers overall IT costs and reduces deployment and operational risks.

Currently, FlashStack is composed of primary storage provided by Pure Storage FlashArray//m, compute and network provided Cisco UCS Blade Servers, Cisco Nexus Ethernet switches and Cisco MDS fibre channel switches and virtualization technology by VMware vSphere. Both hardware and software components are combined into a single integrated solution unit that facilitates faster and repeatable infrastructure deployments.

For organizations looking to complement the FlashStack with an adequate secondary storage solution, Cohesity can be used to satisfy the secondary storage layer functions and also for data protection and recovery. The combination of all of the components of the FlashStack with Cohesity provides the most complete and modern enterprise data center solution available today. While still delivering sought out values of agility, efficiency, and cost reduction in data centers.We have created a Cohesity reference architecture that is targeted towards storage and virtualization administrators, consulting data center architects, field engineers, and desktop specialists who want to implement a next-generation data center.

We have created a Cohesity reference architecture that is targeted towards storage and virtualization administrators, consulting data center architects, field engineers, and desktop specialists who want to implement a next-generation data center. Some of the key areas covered in this reference architecture include:

  • VMware vCenter and Horizon 7 Test Environment Overview and Setup
  • FlashStack with Cohesity Integration Setup
  • Pure Storage Flash Array//m Integration, Protection and Recovery
  • VMware vCenter and Horizon Integration, Protection and Recovery
  • Physical Server Integration, Backup, and Recovery
  • Microsoft SQL Integration, Protection and Recovery in VMware Environments

This reference architecture highlights how Pure Storage and Cohesity together deliver the best of both worlds: all-Flash performance for mission-critical applications and Flash-driven consolidation of secondary storage needs, including data protection with instant recovery and an agile method for repurposing data for test/dev and file services. This also presents a clear view and demonstration of how complementary Cohesity to primary storage platforms and how it is not just a backup solution.

For more information on this topic and future developments, visit the Cohesity Resource Center. You can download the reference architecture from the link below:

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For future updates about Cohesity, Data Management, Primary and Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol), vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA), and anything in our wonderful world of technology be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

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