Server virtualization has become the standard technology that is deployed in today’s software defined data-centres. VMware NSX was pioneered on the same line with massive software capabilities for the networking and security layer. In VMware NSX, virtual networks can be provisioned within a few seconds and can be managed independently. VTEP basically maps physical ports and VLANs on those ports to logical networks so that any physical device can participate in a given logical network; communicating with the virtual machines that are also connected to that logical network. NSX HW VTEP integration gives application owners the ability to bridge the logical L2 networking layer i.e. NSX Logical Switches with VLANs.
The textbook definition of Software Defined Storage is that the storage would be done by a software; it’s not that the software that is actually storing but the software is defining where to store. So the bottom line is that the hardware remain the same, but the controller or the processor of that physical storage would be done by a software. SDS architecture shifts the control plane from the data plane which means traditionally packaged storage features like data replication, deduplication etc. are included in a SDS offering along with a centralized management platform. This podcast delves into the details of the evolution of the need of SDS and the adoption path.
For communicating with I/O devices, a bunch of protocols termed SCSI are required. iSCSI is the SCSI protocol mapped to TCP/IP and run over standard Ethernet technologies. In the process of developing the traditional bus structure into a TCP/IP networking SCSI structure, a great amount of complexity was added to iSCSI. Conformance testing is needed to assess whether a system meets iSCSI specified standards. iSCI PCTS is a protocol testing and analyzing tool which allows users to confirm and validate the SCSI/iSCSI target for SCSI/iSCSI protocol and its related standards. SAN PCTS provides Storage Area Network (SAN) developers a mode for testing target behaviour in an IP based SAN environment.
For automation to be conducted in a multi-client environment, one has to write separate code for connecting to different clients. With automation taking precedence in aspects other than regression in a build environment, it was imperative to find a middle ground between multiple clients. With Python being the most widely adopted language for automation, some modules are written for Linux clients and some are for windows clients. Paramiko (Python Module) works on SSHv2 protocol. It provides both client and server functionality and the module can be used if the SSH server is running on the target machine, that being be Linux or Windows.
The podcast sheds light on metrics and terminologies used in Performance testing or benchmarking. It also helps identify tools and methodologies for testing block, file and object storage pertaining to SAN and NAS storage solutions. There has been a special focus on understanding intricacies of working of OS internals, storage configurations and network configurations to arrive at the correct evaluation of the storage performance and analyzing it for reporting them in Marketing collaterals and technical white papers or submission to vendor neutral agencies for customer education.
Users today need to access applications and data from their home computers and mobile devices just as much as they need to from their office computers. The desktop has evolved into an end-user environment that needs to be accessible around the clock and from any place. The challenge for IT administrators lies in fulfilling these requirements without compromising control and security.
It is imperative to enhance your storage product to be integration ready to work with automation platforms. Be in a position to easily offer game changing capabilities like automated storage provisioning, storage as a service and self service capabilities to the IT admins. To this effect, integrate your storage array with vRealize Automation(vRA) and vRealize Orchestrator(vRO) products from VMware. This will empower the users to design and consume your storage offerings to best fulfill their business case. Listen to this podcast to discover the abundant opportunities to innovate, gain thought leadership and competitive advantage in the storage domain.
vStorage API for Array Integration or VAAI is the storage hardware certification for vSphere and it is a set of APIs that offload specific storage operations to compliant storage hardware for improved performance and efficiency. Virtual machines management operations and deployment can be performed faster, using less ESXi CPU, memory and bandwidth. VAAI provides cost-effective and high-performance storage solutions for meeting the needs of virtualization. VMware’s certification program ensures that customers can utilize these benefits when they’re using VMware-certified storage or be VMware Ready.
Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) is one of the important practices of DevOps. It helps organization to easily and responsibly manage infrastructures and make changes to it, with low risk. IaC removes risk associated with manual configurations, which help in decreasing downtime and increasing reliability. This podcast talks about IaC, tools that are used for it, mainly Ansible and Puppet, and how IaaC can help organization move towards implementing a culture of DevOps.
Cloud Integrated Storage or CIS was one such innovation that helps manage data remotely with a full access control from the comfort of your workbench. But does the rapid use of CIS spell the death knell for traditional storage? And how are we to achieve “Green Storage“?
For product companies to display the “VMware Ready” logo forms a major part of their strategy. Enterprises look to deploy storage products that are VMware certified into their ecosystem. storage API for Array Integration or VAAI is the storage hardware certification for vSphere. This podcast throws light on the in-depth process to plan and execute the certification to make the storage product ready for deployment in the VMware ecosystem.
Cloud-integrated storage (CIS) is a traditional SAN, NAS or unified storage system that tiers and/or caches the most active data to local storage for faster access.
CIS plays an instrumental role for efficient backups, disaster recovery and reducing hardware investment by organizations. There has been an exponential growth in cloud integrated storage and the adoption is on the rise. The use of CIS has tangible benefits with regards to time, costs and even helps achieve a greener data center.
Calsoft’s latest podcast talks about Docker’s native networking capabilities and the technologies involved. With the added functionality of Docker v1.9, product companies would not be able to turn a blind eye to it. Listen in if you want to know more about the Docker bridge network, the Container Network Model (CNM) and the new multi-host connectivity support using overlay networks.
The cloud ecosystem is ruling the roost at the moment and it is only set to grow. Organizations are using a mix of cloud ecosystems and deployments are on the rise. And that’s changed a lot for cloud vendors; automated orchestration, networking at scale with overlays and storage provisioning to name a few.
Business leaders are in a tough spot to roll out products in a timely fashion with high quality or risk losing market share. Technology ever changing has simultaneously enforced a change in product development methods.
Calsoft’s latest podcast talks about automation techniques and when, where and how is automation used. With the brisk pace of product development, quality being imperative and go-to-market strategies become more cut throat, time saved is money earned in product development.
Calsoft’s latest podcast talks about the finer nuances of the Agile way of software development testing and the matrices that can be derived from it. Since the Agile method of software development has taken precedence over the more traditional, waterfall model, users are more interested in how to successfully deliver an end product through the scrum methodology. Creating the right team and generating the right kinds of reports is important on a day-to-day basis and also to the decision makers who judge the dexterity and the success of a project. This podcast throws light on:
The world moving away from the traditional waterfall model to the Agile model was more of a necessity than a want. ISV’s have had to evolve their development processes to match the breakneck speed of high quality products getting to the market.
Calsoft’s latest podcast on the SAN Storage Roadmap talks about the technological advancements that storage vendors have made but the implementations by end customers that have been rather legacy based. Are you facing the same issues with RDMA implementation? The podcast speaks about that and much more:
Calsoft’s latest podcast gives a broad overview on the various testing aspects of flash based arrays and the right approach of testing/evaluating flash based arrays (All flash arrays & hybrid flash arrays) from a basic FTL up till Application layer/testing.
Calsoft’s latest podcast gives a broad overview on Change Block Tracking (CBT) and its functionality in taking incremental snapshots with regards to the traditional way of backup applications using snapshot technologies.
Change Block Tracking (CBT) is a great feature that really improves the efficiency and speed of virtual machines’ backup, restore and replication operations in vSphere. It is advantageous since it greatly improves incremental backup times and reduces the load on production systems during backup.
The storage industry is moving towards the flash based array (AFA & HFA)) systems, and there is an increase in demand of evaluations/testing such solutions. Testing a traditional storage is tough enough but flash evaluations/testing are even more complicated. This webinar aims at various testing aspects of flash based arrays and the right approach of testing/evaluating AFAs from a basic FTL up till Application layer/testing.
Forward thinking storage companies have been resorting to newer approaches in design and architecture while building data centers for businesses. Gone are the days when one could think of server, storage and networking in silos. This webinar aims at highlighting the importance of being virtualization aware for storage arrays and enable benefits for Enterprise-class Datacenters by simplifying provisioning, monitoring and management functions of storage.