Archive for the ‘Storage’ Category

Hyper-Converged with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL Hyper-Converged Solution
There’s a lot of interesting things going on in the industry with servers, storage, and networking: SDN (software defined networking), SDS (software defined storage), NFV (network function virtualization), SD-WAN (software defined WAN), hyper-convergence, and more and more focus on private / public / hybrid cloud just to name a few. I’ve written several prior posts on VMware NSX and SDN. In this short blog, I’ll focus on hyper-convergence specifically with the Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL solution. If you haven’t already, checkout the Dell Networking Dell-EVO:RAIL Reference Architecture for more detailed information. (more…)

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Dell Networking with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL ApplianceCheckout the Dell Networking with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL Reference Architecture available here on Dell.com. In this
white paper, I discuss the details of the network connectivity at the ToR for the Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL appliance, reference architecture and respective network configuration required, and scale-out scenarios. (more…)

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VMware NSX Service Composer: Advanced Security & Micro-segmentation

Monday, March 16th, 2015

NSX Security Groups
In a prior blog, Firewalling & Micro-segmentation with VMware NSX, I discussed some of the basics of firewalls and micro-segmentation with VMware NSX. In this blog, I’ll introduce how security groups via NSX Service Composer can be used with VMware NSX to further enhance the micro-segmentation and security capabilities. (more…)

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Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX [Video]

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Check out my latest Dell Networking video on Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX. You can view it on the Dell VMware wiki site, the Dell YouTube channel, or see the video embedded below via direct link. (more…)

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EMEA DEF HOL Labs – Get Hands-on Experience with Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

EMEA DEF HOLs for Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

EMEA DEF HOLs for Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

EMEA Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) kicked off this week in Frankfurt, Germany. Great venue with tons of information and training for Dell customers and partners. Make sure to stop by the Hands-on labs in the Skyloft. I will be there for Dell Networking along with other experts from Servers and Storage. Some of the labs for Dell Networking in-particular include: (more…)

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FCoE with Dell S5000 Converged Switch and Dell MXL Blade Switch [Video]

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Check out the latest Dell S5000 converged switch video which demonstrates FCoE with the Dell S5000 converged switch and the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis w/ MXL blade switch. The Dell S5000 switch is configured in NPIV Proxy Gateway mode and the Dell MXL blade switch is configured for FCoE Transit. Additionally, the FCoE and LAN connectivity is tested by sending LAN and SAN traffic from the Dell PowerEdge M620 blade server. Multipathing over dual fabrics is also demonstrated by logging into the Fibre Channel switches and observing the FC traffic passing over both fabrics. Just see the second video posted on the following page on Dell’s website here, Dell Tech Center YouTube channel here, or just see the video directly below. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000 – FCoE Configuration [Video]

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

In my prior blog posts, I discussed Dell’s new converged switch, the Dell S5000, and provided links to two Dell S5000 whitepapers I recently published. Now you can see the Dell S5000 converged switch in action within a converged infrastructure employing FCoE. Just visit the following page on Dell’s website here, Dell Tech Center YouTube channel here, or just see the video directly below. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000: Deployment of a Converged Infrastructure with FCoE

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Checkout my latest Dell Networking document and learn how to deploy FCoE using the Dell S5000 converged switch: “Dell Networking S5000: Deployment of a Converged Infrastructure with FCoE“. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000: The Building Blocks of Unified Fabric and LAN/SAN Convergence

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Check out my latest Dell Networking whitepaper: Dell Networking S5000: The Building Blocks of Unified Fabric and LAN/SAN Convergence. The whitepaper demonstrates and explains the movement from a traditional non-converged LAN/SAN network to a converged LAN/SAN infrastructure and how the Dell S5000 switch is an ideal solution for this transition. The whitepaper focuses on deploying a converged solution with FCoE using a Dell S5000 switch. The building blocks of Unified Fabric with FCoE are discussed in detail. In addition, benefits of moving to a converged infrastructure such as less maintenance and considerable cost savings are discussed. (more…)

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Using Dell EqualLogic iSCSI Arrays for Remote Storage

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Dell EqualLogic storage can provide an easy and cost effective solution for adding remote storage to your virtualized environment. The PS Series Storage arrays can be a great solution as you can easily expand storage by combining multiple PS Series storage arrays into a single storage area network (SAN). For instance, the PS6100XS is a 2U chassis which provides 13TB of storage using 2.5” disks (7 hot-pluggable solid state disk (SSD) drives and 17 hot-pluggable serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives). (more…)

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