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Eliminate complexity in the data center with ScaleIO when you are in an open virtualization environment.

 

No matter the country or how big is your organization, I have been working in small companies to large enterprise in several countries and in most of them the main concern is to find a balance between budget and demand. Datacenters are running out of space and they are struggling with operational expenses, nevertheless they have to provide agile solutions for business applications.

 

I spent many hours, often days, in customer’s datacenters helping with application migrations. I remember some customers with large numbers of traditional servers with different applications running individually with no SAN connectivity.

Those servers also needed to grow and provide more performance and capacity; direct attach (DAS) was the easy solution for most of them.

Connecting HBAs or other types of adapters to attach to SAN, NAS or SCSI arrays can be very complex and expensive. EMC ScaleIO will help you to solve this problem and leverage your current infrastructure with low cost, simplicity and elasticity.

 

ScaleIO is a software defined storage solution that supports HDDs, SSDs and PCIe flash cards to create virtual pool of block storage. ScaleIO converges storage and compute resources to single layer architecture to provide performance and capacity with simple management. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfXyFPHh7n4

 

Why did I decide to use ScaleIO?

I selected ScaleIO to solve my customer problems because it enabled me to deliver the customer:

 

1. Convergence

ScaleIO is hardware agnostic that converges storage and compute resources aggregating capacity, performance with simple management.

2. Scalability

ScaleIO provides a scalable solution from three to thousands of nodes. Compute and storage resources grow automatically when new servers are added.

3. Elasticity

The system balances data automatically adding new compute and storage resources reducing complexity

4. Performance

This solution enhances performance adding servers and storages resources to the application with minimum impact.

 

ScaleIO software is implemented at server level and communicates via local area network to handle the application I/O, this is a dynamic and elastic solution that enable administrator to add or remove nodes on the fly. Logical Raid Striped is implemented across all the servers to provide data protection.

Here we have the components of ScaleIO software:

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  • Meta Data Manager - MDM configures and monitors ScaleIO system
  • ScaleIO Data Client  - SDC is a device driver that shows ScaleIO volumes as Block devices to the application
  • ScaleIO Data Server - SDS  manages the capacity of a single server

 

The system scales linearly adding capacity and performance to the applications with minimal impact to end users.

The platform automatically rebalances when we add or remove a server, if a server is rebooted, the data is migrated to guarantee data protection, when the server comes up again, data is back to the original disk, moreover logical Raid Striped is implemented across all the servers.

 

We have recently tested a new solution with Microsoft applications; this is a reference architecture supporting Microsoft SQL, Exchange and SharePoint Server enabled by VMware 5.5 and ScaleIO 1.3 virtual SAN.

 

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This solution uses eight servers with ten SAS drives per each server and is supporting 2,500 Exchange seats, 10,000 SharePoint users and SQL Databases workload with more than 200 transactions per second.

 

Storage pools were created per each application, configuring different VMDK files for Databases and Logs. For each application, we have used different validation tools; Jetstress, Bulk Loader, LoadBulk2SP and a OLTP workload tool.

They generated enough workload to test the applications running on ScaleIO achieving the performance recommendations for Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 and SQL Server 2014.

Click here to access the complete white paper

 

Conclusion

ScaleIO is a software server-based SAN that converges compute and storage resources to deliver elastic storage and scalable performance on demand with the benefit of a very low operational cost.

 

For more information click here

sharepoint.pngMicrosoft SharePoint 2013 is a collaboration and content management platform that brings new capabilities to share knowledge, organize projects and discover people and information. This application is used by 80% of Fortune 500 companies.

SharePoint provides more control over the infrastructure with more efficiency managing multiple workloads, additionally with the benefit of virtualization technologies you can increase server consolidation reducing the amount of administrative effort and reducing costs.

 

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 provides new functionalities for Cloud and Office 365, Enterprise Social, Enterprise management and Mobile Apps. These new capabilities increase value protecting business application, reducing cost and management as part of IT Transformation.

SharePoint farm is a set of sites, lists, libraries and items stored in content databases. EMC offers a variety of Solutions to provide availability, protect, consolidate, and improve performance with low cost.

 

EMC VNX Unified Storage for Microsoft SharePoint

 

EMC provides different solutions to improve performance and availability in SharePoint environments to support business applications.

 

 

Data Protection

 

EMC Data Protection allows you to protect SharePoint environment in your recovery time and recovery objective requirements

This is a simple solution for Enterprise SharePoint farm for your Datacenter and remote offices.

 

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EMC Data Protection uses VSS interface to collect all the SharePoint farm information about servers and the location of the databases and files.This information will be use to recover the full farm or for a granular site level recover. The backup could be done to disks or to Data Domain system using deduplication technology.

 

EMC Data Protection provides item level Recovery via Ontrack PowerControl; this is a very efficient solution for small and large SharePoint Farms. We can recover SharePoint web applications, site collections, sites, lists, libraries and son on.

 

Metalogix and Ontrack PowerControl Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint BLOB Data

 

Microsoft SharePoint is growing very quickly during the last years relying on SharePoint as business critical application. Files, videos, office documents are an example of unstructured data that are stored in SharePoint content database with the associate metadata.  BLOB data can consume lots of space in the SQL database and would impact in the performance of some of the normal SharePoint daily tasks.

 

To improve performance, management and reduce costs we can store BLOB externally reducing SQL Database storage size. EMC and Metalogix have partnered to bring Enterprise solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Applications.

SharePoint BLOB Storage Solution with Metalogix and EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS Solution provides efficiency externalizing BLOB data outside the SQL Server database and increase performance with EMC Isilon scale-out NAS.

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  • Externalizing BLOB Data with Metalogix StoragePoint and SharePoint EBS/RBS provider shrink SQL Databases by up to 95%.
  • Transparent to end users
  • Increase efficiency with over 80% storage utilization for BLOB data with EMC Isilon scale-out NAS
  • Simplicity management with monitoring and reporting tools.

 

Isilon scale-out NAS is simple to install and use. EMC Isilon OneFS operating system distributes data uniformly across all the nodes in an Isilon Cluster, this feature reduces costs, complexity and risks for scaling storage.

 

Metalogix StoragePoint recognizes when multiples copies of the same BLOB are stored in SharePoint library and will maintain only one copy improving storage efficiency.

Microsoft SQL Server stores all the data in Tier 1 block storage, which is very expensive; externalizing BLOB data will reduce the size of your SQL Database and the space on Tier 1 storage. Metalogix and Isilon Solution enable SharePoint to store BLOBs on a cost effective Isilon scale-out. To optimize BLOB storage resources, Isilon SmartPools software helps to automate storage tiering infrastructure.

Attractive and Collaborative Business Intelligence with Microsoft Power BI and SharePoint

Rafal Lukawiecki, Irland

 

Rafal Lukawiecki  delivered a an exceptional keynote on on BI and SharePoint with some impressive online demos using some of the tools on Microsoft Excel and also some of the new functionalities of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Power BI

The main message is leverage BI for analyzing and processing data from multiple data sources, of course including SharePoint. We are involved in the data explosion and there is a transformation opportunity that it is ideal for technology and economics

 

The main purpose of Business analytics is extract knowledge from data, validate, simplify and visualize. Microsoft business analytics platform uses different tools to achieve this: Excel, Power BI and SharePoint and SQL Analytics Platform system PDW

The future of BI starts now using strategic hybrid cloud platforms to facilitate data processing and management Power BI SharePoint Online and Office 365 will help us to work in this environment.

 

Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 offers a collection of features to visualize, discover, process and manage data in a collaborative environment in your organization. Some of the Excel services available as Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View and Power Map along with new features as Power BI Sites, Power BI Windows Store App and Query and Data Management bring a complete collaborative online environment.

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I have attended to different sessions about Power BI and SharePoint Online with demos of collaboration between SharePoint and Yammer, creating reports after collecting and analyzing email data.

Very interesting to see how we can collect data from different tools like Twitter and how are processed, managed and visualized in a report for the final user using Analytics for Twitter and Office 2013.

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Making Sharepoint strategic delivered by Eric Riz, SharePoint MVP. Interesting vision about SharePoint as Enterprise System in an organization using as   productivity and collaboration tool.

 

Think about IT strategy in this transformation period, it is the key of a successful business application implementation. SharePoint is a pillar in your IT strategy but is not your strategy.

 

Meet with your internal departments and discuss business strategic with the application owners: HR, Marketing, IT, Business apps, etc..

 

  • Define your principles and goals
  • Create value for your business
  • Classify business information
  • Develop an education strategy
  • Develop an ongoing plan with metrics after your analysis

 

Defining and creating value for our business will be ono of the most important steps in our SharePoint implementations, we need to identify the pains, asks questions to the lead solutions, classify the needs and expectations and develop a success strategy. Setting metrics after our data content analysis based in the expectations will create impact in the results.

 

Data migration from On-Prem to the Cloud is not the answer, we have to analyze, and identify what are the most relevant data, if our data are not strategic, our SharePoint implementation will not be strategic.

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Communication is also very important in a strategic plan. We have a bunch of social tools that might help in create the value, analysis and process the relevant data content and communication.

 

  • Yammer
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • My Sites/Team Sites

Enterprise Social and Content Management

 

The topic for today has been Make Social successful, during the Keynote Christian Buckley, Metalogix,US and Mark Kashman, Microsoft, US have been delivering an interesting session talking about the Social value in our companies.

 

People, Collaboration and Technology make possible a successful Social environment, which increase productivity and reduce cost.

SharePoint and Yammer working in different scenarios: on-premises, in a cloud or in a hybrid environment facilitate our Enterprise Social Collaboration solution creating a social network in our company.

 

IT transformation brings new challenges and opportunities. IT has to drive the business process to increase revenue with advance innovation.

Social deployments are very important to improve our internal communications. Many companies are working to deploy different process internally to find the best influencers; this methodology brings the value of the best people using social collaboration technology in the internal network. Of course this can be used for external communication and enterprise collaboration.

 

They introduced the newest member of Office 365: codename Oslo and Office Graph that allows you to connect people, documents and conversations.

Oslo is a search solution that enables teams to work together as a network; you can see information that is associated with your current work and people in your work network.

Oslo highlights key information based in your work and the people in your work network.

 

With Oslo you can find everything in your network easily just typing the name of the person who was working on it.

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What is New with SharePoint 2013 SP1

 

This Service Pack includes performance, reliability and security fixes. It also brings new features to help migrations to the cloud. It includes:

  • Hybrid connection to OneDrive for Business in Office 365
  • Support for Yammer
  • Support for JSON Light in OData v3 request

 

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Files and content

 

Deliver lower TCO and increase agility with the flexibility of OneDrive and Sites to Office 365 while retaining on-premises investments

Simple coexistence

Redirect Ondrive Pro and Sites to Office 365

 

Social

SP1 will make easy for IT to replace Yammer newsfeed

Configure Yammer as social experience, easy configuration with SharePoint 2013 Central Administration

 

 

Tomorrow sessions for Solutions and Devices

I have been attending during this week (6-8 May 2014) to the European SharePoint Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

 

This is the largest European event covering Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office 365 and other cloud and social technologies, it is a great opportunity to meet with different IT Professionals.

More than 1200 people coming from almost 50 countries, over 100 technical sessions, provided by 80 of the most expert and recognized speakers of the Worldwide SharePoint Community.

 

 

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There are three main topics: Cloud and Microsoft Office 365 on Tuesday, Enterprise Social&Enterprise Management on Wednesday and Solution Devices on Thursday

 

During first day I have been attending to the Keynotes and different breakout sessions focus on SharePoint in the Cloud and Office 365.

 

Keynote. Simon Skaria, Microsoft Program Manager. He was talking about new capabilities and features of Office 365, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

They show some demos about Office 365 productivity and workflows using different devices as iPad and Windows Phone.

 

They highlighted some the new features of OneDrive

 

  • 1TB
  • Standalone Subscription
  • Office Online
  • Mobile Apps
  • Yammer integration
  • Sharing documents

 

 

Keynote. Dan Holme,MVP, IT Unity. He was presenting IT transformation, how everything is changing and how we have to adopt and transform to the new technologies. Migration plans and business decisions will be the key to have a successful transformation.

 

Moving to the Cloud bring us new opportunities and challenges:

 

  • Increase value and decrease risk
  • Define Business requirement
  • Governance and Compliance concerns
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Security
  • Data sovereignty
  • Data availability and data loss

 

 

This is one of the most interesting sessions I have been attending today.

 

SharePoint Online Vs On-Premise Vs Hosted Making the Right choice

Rene Modery, MVP, Switzerland

 

During this session we learned the benefits and drawbacks for the different platforms: On-line, On-Premises and Hosted SharePoint.

 

Moving to the Cloud will impact in our business, it is crucial to evaluate the risks and choose the right model depending our business and applications. Of course, IT will drive analyzing the current infrastructure and taking the next step to get the best flexible architecture reducing cost and improving the user experience.

 

We have mentioned before some of them but here we have a list of the most important concerns when we are moving to the Cloud.

 

  • Security
  • Availability
  • Stability
  • Compliance constrains
  • Accessible from anywhere from any devices
  • Governance
  • Simplicity
  • Low cost

 

Choosing the best model for our Business applications. Depending our business and applications we have to evaluate which model will fit with our requirements. Sometimes we are not migrating all the applications, we have to consider the business benefits moving to the Cloud

 

On-Premise

  • With great power comes great responsibility
  • Hardware and Software maintenance
  • Management
  • Big investment
  • Knowledge and skills

           

Hosted SharePoint

  • Low of upfront costs
  • Reliable
  • Perceived loss of security and control
  • Integration possible?
  • Still need internal resources for support the environment

 

Office 365

  • Innovate and flexible
  • Little control
  • Simple price model
  • Difficult governance
  • Security by MS

 

What should you look out for?

 

Functionality

  • Business requirement, think if your applications are in the right platform.
  • Respond business demands quickly

 

SLA

  • You must guarantee the required availability
  • Plan for disaster recovery
  • Which one is more likely to go off line, your own server or the cloud?

 

Security

  • You must to fulfill security requirements
  • In your data more security in-house than somewhere outside?

 

Company readiness

  • Can your company keep up with the pace of SharePoint Online?
  • Do you want to have complete control of your environment?
  • Do you have the internal knowledge to run or support the preferred environment

 

Consider Hybrid environment to keep legacy applications reduce costs, minimize maintenance efforts and leverage the latest technology from Microsoft.

Include IT and Business in your evaluation, prioritize your requirements and verify different options.

 

I will continue tomorrow with Enterprise Social and Enterprise Management sessions

This document describe step by step "How to create Exchange mailbox databases using ESI PowerShell Toolkit".

 

Open a desktop connection to the Exchange server. Launch an administrative PowerShell console session by right clicking the PS icon in the task bar and selecting “Run as Administrator”.

 

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An Administrative PowerShell command interface will launch. In order to utilize the ESI PowerShell cmdlets, we need to load the ESIPSToolKit module. You could enter this into a PS profile so that it loads during boot.

We can see the list of PowerShell commands available in this module. We can see we have the modules for Exchange, here we have some of the mailbox commands.

 

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We can see the list of PowerShell commands available in this module. We can see we have the modules for Exchange, here we have some of the mailbox commands.

Get-Command -Module ESIPSToolKit|Format-Wide

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Since ESI has already been made aware of the VNX, we can simply query it in PS to see its properties. If you were not already connected, you could enter Get-EmcStorageSystemCredential | Connect-EmcSystem and you would be prompted to enter array information to add the VNX to ESI.

Get-EMCStorageSystem

 

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Now get back to the PowerShell console on ESI.vlab.local. The host EXCHDAG01.vlab.local is already present in ESI as a host so we don’t need to add it to the system. If we wanted to add it via PowerShell we would do the following:

Get-EmcHostSystemCredential | Connect-EmcSystem

 

An interactive window will pop up and you could enter your credentials there as seen below. If you entered the commands above, you would get an error message saying the host was already connected.

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Now we can prepare to build the luns for the Exchange Dabatase and Log. First set the host we are going to use, then select the StoragePool on the VNX. We will go with Pool 00 here. Note the wildcards “*” surrounding the string “00” in the pool command. This is just to make locating the relevant pool easier.

In the following steps, we are going to use variable assignments in PowerShell to define values to certain things we will use in subsequent commands. For example, in the two commands below we are assigning ‘h’ the value of the Exchange host (EXCHDAG01.vlab.local) and we are assigning ‘p’ to the storage pool object that matches the wildcarded string *00*, respectively.

$h = Get-EmcHostSystem EXCHDAG01

$p = Get-EmcStoragePool *00*

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Now we have to create the LUNs

$DB = New-EmcLun -Pool $p -name DB_LUN -Capacity 2048mb

$LOG = New-EmcLun -Pool $p -name LOG_LUN -Capacity 1024mb

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Now we have to unmask the two Luns to the Host

Set-EmcLunAccess -Lun $DB -HostSystem $h -Available

Set-EmcLunAccess -Lun $LOG -HostSystem $h -Available

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We need to to make them usable on the host. We will identify the Disks on the host.

$hdb = Find-EmcHostDisk -HostSystem $h -Lun $DB

$hdl = Find-EmcHostDisk -HostSystem $h -Lun $LOG

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Initialize the disks

Initialize-EmcHostDisk -HostDisk $hdb -HostSystem $h

Initialize-EmcHostDisk -HostDisk $hdl -HostSystem $h

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Create a volume on the Disks and assign a drive letter for both volumes.

$v1 = New-EmcVolume -HostSystem $h -HostDisk $hdb -Label Exchange_DB

Set-EmcVolumeMountPoint -HostSystem $h -Volume $v1 -DriveLetter K

$v2 = New-EmcVolume -HostSystem $h -HostDisk $hdl -Label Exchange_LOG

Set-EmcVolumeMountPoint -HostSystem $h -Volume $v2 -DriveLetter L

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Now we have the two volumes ready to work with them. We can check on the EXCHDAG01 server that the volumes are created. I have used mRemote to connect to EXCHDAG01 server.

Click on Server Manager and Disk Management to see the new volumes.

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Now we will create a Exchange Database and Log on the Volumes we have created in the previous step using PowerShell.

We will continue working from EXCHDAG01 server PowerShell session.

Connect to Exchange Server

$ms = Get-EmcMailboxServer EXCHDAG01

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We can create the new Database "Database_PS" on EXCHDAG01 server. Also specifies where to create the .edb datadase file and log files.

New-EmcMailboxDatabase -Name Database_PS -MailboxServer $ms -EdbFilePath "K:\DatabaseFiles\Database_PS.edb" -LogFolderPath "L:\LogFiles"

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At the end of the screen we can see the details of the new Database

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In the next step we have to mount the database. The database is ready to use in Exchange Server

$mailboxdatabase = Get-EmcMailboxdatabase Database_PS

Mount-EmcMailboxDatabase -MailboxDatabase $mailboxdatabase

Type "Y" to mount the database

Click exit to close this PowerShell session

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NOw we can connect to Exchange Admin Server to see we have a new Database created.

Click on databases and database availability groups to discover the Databases on server EXCHDAG01. We can see the information of the Database we created in Lab1 and the new Database created with PowerShell Database_PS

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Francisco Blasco

Microsoft Summit 2013

Posted by Francisco Blasco Oct 27, 2013

I like this season of the year when we have our Microsoft Summit. This year has been hold at EMC facilities in Santa Clara. This is a great location in Silicon Valley between all the most important technologies companies.

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It is time to meet with a lot of colleagues from different countries with the same interest and passion, learn about Microsoft and EMC Technologies.

 

This year we had around 85 people in the room from 19 countries and 22 states, some of them from presales, MSpecialist, engineering, marketing, etc. Additionally this year we count with the presence of some partners in the room and his feedback was very positive.

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During the sessions we enjoyed seeing the latest EMC products, new EMC technologies features, Microsoft integration capabilities and more.

These are some of the topics we saw during the week.

 

  • MSpecialist program update\
  • ESI Update
  • Microsoft Cloud Solutions
  • Appsync
  • Microsoft applications with new VNX
  • Xtrem Flash
  • Windows Failover Cluster with VMware
  • Stretch Clustering with VPLEX and RecoverPoint
  • EMC Backup for Microsoft applications     
  • Kroll Ontrack
  • VSPEX sizing tools and scenarios
  • Exchange 2013, SOAP and ODX implications
  • Cisco & System Center integration

 

Also we had a Customer showcase “xtremSW with SQL 2008” by KM Gan. During the session KM Gan showed us the great work they did with xtremSW and SQL2008 during a POC in a customer.

 

Geek night driven by Karsten Bott our expert in Powershell. He demonstrated ESI Powershell functionalities to discover and manage EMC storage arrays. Additionally we spent some time with the new BRS2go lab, easy pack to install a lab in your
laptop with BRS products what you can use for training and customer demos… It is great!!!

 

As usual in this event in second day we enjoyed a Bowling activity during the night, we had good time with colleagues and friends.

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Now it is time to go back home and start a new week with all the knowledge acquired during the event.

 

Thanks to the team to do possible this event every year and looking forward for the next one.

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Last week we were attending to Microsoft TechEd in Madrid , over 5000 customers, partners and Microsoft staff enjoying very technical material and great stuff as Windows 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, System Center 2012 R2 and more...

 

 

EMC was Gold sponsor with a nice booth 6 x 6 m in a very good position in the Expo exhibitor hall. We had three workstations with different demos and presentations to show our customers how integrate Microsoft applications with EMC technology.

I was impressive of the number of customers asking for EMC new products, releases and how we can help them moving applications and business to the Cloud.

 

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EMC Specialist from different divisions were talking with the attendees about Flash, Cloud, BRS, USD and of course doing demonstrations of EMC Solutions in Microsoft environment.

 

These are the main topics we covered during the week:

 

Simplify Data Center & Cloud Management

 

  • System Center 2012 Integration
  • Support for Windows Server 2012
  • Simplify and Automate Management
  • Private Cloud Fast Track and EMC VSPEX

 

Ensure Application & Cloud Protection

  • Build a Trusted IT Infrastructure
  • Smarter Backup, Recovery and Archive
  • Deliver DVR-like Recovery to Any Point in Time
  • Easy and Automated Protection

 

Our MSpecialist from Germany Karsten Bott was delivering a great session talking about best practices and new features of Windows 2012. Around 200 people in the session interested in Windows 2012 Storage Technologies please visit TechEd Practical Implementation of Windows Server 2012 Storage Technologies | TechEd Europe 2013 | Channel 9 if you want to see or download the presentation, also I would recommend to you follow Karsten Bott up in his Blog to see EMC integration with System Center 2012 and Windows 2012  http://community.emc.com/blogs/bottk

 

 

Awesome!!


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Practical Implementation of Windows Server 2012 Storage Technologies

Speaker: Karsten Bott


         Learn best practices and demonstrations discussing new features in Windows Server 2012 such as Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX), SMB 3.0 and Thin Provisioning including practical implementation when using these features to improve performance and manageability in the Data Center.  System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and Orchestrator will also be discussed to show how to build and deploy an automated private cloud using Windows Server 2012, technologies such as virtual HBAs and using snapshot technology to rapidly deploy Hyper-V based virtual machines.  Proven solutions with performance data, application workloads and real-life scenarios also to be covered.

 

 

 

Looking forward to see you in next Tech-Ed and come to EMC booth to have a conversation with some of our MSpecialists and check new EMC products and integrations for Microsoft applications.

Windows 2012 introduces a lot of new features and capabilities helping IT organizations to lower cost when using these built-in
features. Last week, Michael Otey  posted a blog talking about new Windows 2012 Storage Features and I wanted to add
additional information regarding EMC capabilities and integrations with this new technology.

 

EMC is leading the Datacenter transformation and in Big Data and currently supports many of these new features and capabilities found in Windows 2012

 

One example is data deduplication, a new feature that performs data deduplication in the background without any performance impact to primary workloads and includes the option to schedule the process for the volume or files.

The best candidates for deduplication are file shares, software deployment shares and virtualization deployment shares such as VHD libraries. Applications which continue access like Microsoft SQL and Exchange Server are not good candidates for deduplication.

 

Deduplication also could be a great benefit for backup and restore process, Microsoft provides a VSS writer for data deduplication backup and restore process.  For customers who run data deduplication on Windows Server 2012 with supported EMC arrays, Windows will use the deduplication processes directly from the array extending the storage feature through to Windows.

 

SMB 3.0 protocol is another feature that brings new capabilities  including performance and high availability improvements. This is great for new implementations and deployments and in the near future we will see applications such as Hyper-V and SQL Server be
implemented on SMB file shares in our Datacenters where EMC storage is present.

 

We can also expect to see different DR Solutions where we can leverage some of those functionalities, for instance latency reduction over WAN is an example of performance improvement in this new SMB version.

 

Overall the new features for Windows 2012 SMC protocol includes:

 

  • SMB Transparent Failover
  • SMB Scale Out
  • SMB Multichannel
  • SMB Direct
  • SMB Encryption
  • VSS for SMB file shares

 

These new features and capabilities provide flexibility and reliability to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V deployments with SMB-based storage on EMC storage arrays.  EMC fully supports SMB 3.0 within its unified storage platforms, such as EMC VNX.

 

For more information about Windows 2012 SMB please visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2709568

 

Thin Provisioning technology provides efficiency for storage provisioning and business applications. This new feature of Windows 2012 is integrated with EMC arrays, so that EMC virtual provisioning gives storage administrators flexibility in deploying storage to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V hosts.

 

Windows Server 2012 can detect thin-provisioned storage on EMC storage arrays and reclaim unused space, including when Windows Server 2012 is deployed within a Hyper-V virtual machine.

 

Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX).Is a  feature that enables you to be more efficient when you are moving data in a shared storage array.
This reduces CPU and network resources consumption on the physical host and increase data movement speed. This is a great functionality in virtual environments when we have to move Virtual Machines between different locations.

 

Windows Server 2012 and EMC intelligent arrays make ODX-enabled file functions transparent to applications, which means that Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V hosts that use EMC storage arrays automatically optimize file and move functions without
administrator intervention.

 

More information about ODX in this link http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh848056%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

 

EMC is excited to support these and many more new features found in Windows Server 2012!

For more information, be sure to visit the Everything Microsoft at EMC Community.

Last week was held the European SharePoint conference in Copenhague, EMC was Platinium sponsor and there was 1490 attendees.  This is the largest independent SharePoint conference in Europe, made up of a proactive and engaging community of SharePoint enthusiasts, industry experts, thought leaders, business decision makers and end users. Conference attendees share ideas and content and make lasting connections within the European SharePoint Community

 

EMC had a both of 18 m2 with a couple of workstation and the main focus was SharePoint Data Management, Performance Management and Rapid provisioning for SharePoint. The booth was the best looking and most professional of all exhibitors.

 

EMC messaging was IT Transformation and Big Data. How EMC enables you to transform your SharePoint infrastructure with EMC Cloud computing: Virtualization, Consolidation and Lower costs.

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We had specialists to talk about EMC Solutions for SharePoint associated with our Technology: VSPEX, VNX,VFCACHE, Isilon, etc..

 

Collateral:

  • Fast Search for SharePoint
  • Infrastructure Microsoft Private Cloud 
  • Backup Recovery MS Exchange SharePoint 
  • Mission Critical SQL Server 
  • Remote BLOB Storage SharePoint 
  • Metalogix SharePoint 
  • SharePoint Documentum Framework

 

James Baldwin Manager of EMC Microsoft Proven Solutions was presenting a SharePoint session:

 

SharePoint Infrastructure Advanced Management and Data Protection

SharePoint is a strategic application, delivering on quality of services requirements is imperative. Learn how to enable more self-service management for SharePoint environments by leveraging automated management tools and solutions to increase productivity and flexibility. Understand how to ensure optimal data protection for SharePoint by more effectively leveraging your infrastructure investments. 

 

Most of the attendees at this conference were SharePoint application specialists/developers/consultants with interest in the application and not so
much interest in infrastructure (availability, backup/recovery etc). Messaging was very focused on EMC products where names like SourceOne, Isilon, VSPEX, FAST Cache was highlighted on the booth walls.

 

A lot of people visited the booth and asked specifically for Documentum information and how we could integrate to SharePoint. Clearly there were lots of
customers who realizes the need to have an enterprise content platform behind SharePoint.

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