Category Archives: Converged Infrastructure

Server locality using Razor and LLDP

Recently I had a discussion with a great customer where they wondered if there was a smart and automated way of deploying operating systems together with applications. Of course, I said, you can use Razor and Puppet for those things. However, they wanted a … Continue reading

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Summary: High performance Splunk with VMware on top of EMC ScaleIO and Isilon

I recently did a project involving several moving parts, including Splunk, VMware vSphere, Cisco UCS servers, EMC XtremSF cards, ScaleIO and Isilon. The project goal was to verify the functionality and performance of EMC storage together with Splunk. The results of … Continue reading

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Splunk on VMware and EMC ScaleIO – A quick index performance test

The last few weeks I’ve been getting acquainted with Splunk, a powerful tool for searching, analysing and visualising logs and events that happen in your infrastructure, live application performance and any type of machine generated data. I read the performance blog … Continue reading

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Microsoft SQL server testing with ScaleIO on VMware

What ScaleIO is and how it works has been covered in earlier blog posts here, here, here and here, and this post is a follow-up with some of the performance testing we did with Microsoft SQL server on top of … Continue reading

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Increasing and measuring the performance of your ScaleIO environment

This post is a followup to the ScaleIO how to posts that have been posted here and here. Now that you have your ScaleIO environment up and running after following the posts above, of course you want to see what … Continue reading

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How to install ScaleIO in a VMware environment – Part 2

To continue our setup of ScaleIO, we’ll need to go through the full installation using the files and scripts you’ve already copied over to the ScaleIO VMs in the previous part of this how to. There are two common ways … Continue reading

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How to install ScaleIO in a VMware environment – Part 1

About a week ago, ScaleIO 1.2 was released and it’s been very well received by existing customers and curious newcomers. If you are of the latter, I think you’ll like this post as we’ll go through how to install ScaleIO … Continue reading

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EMC ScaleIO – The new kid on the Elastic Converged Storage Block

ScaleIO delivers something that’s all the rage right now, namely a highly scalable storage solution for things like web scale apps, databases and virtual desktops. ScaleIO ECS is software that uses application servers to create an elastic, scalable and resilient … Continue reading

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Summary of Cisco Live UK 2013 through the eyes of a vSpecialist

Hats off to Cisco for a great event last week, very well executed! I was lucky enough to be a part of this year’s event, and was there in the role of an “Expert Roamer” which meant I should pick … Continue reading

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Going to Cisco Live in London this week? Don’t miss out on all the cool stuff!

If you’re one of the lucky ~4000 people who’ll attend Cisco Live in London this week, I hope you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. Make sure you go to interesting sessions, attend cool vendor demos in the exhibition center, and … Continue reading

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