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Biggest Game Changer Since Server Virtualization

Link : Storage Optimization Software for the Virtual Data Center.

Atlantis ILIO USX—Biggest Game Changer Since Server Virtualization

Deploy Up to 5X More VMs on Any Storage, Lower Costs by Up to 50%

Atlantis ILIO USX™ is a significant breakthrough in virtualization technology, delivering a solution that unlocks the underutilized capacity of over $50 billion of deployed enterprise storage, similar to what VMware did for server virtualization.

Atlantis ILIO USX software gives IT the flexibility to get more out of their existing storage, even their older arrays, and to create new software-defined storage hybrid arrays, hyper-converged systems, and all-flash arrays by aggregating and pooling existing server SSDs, SAS, flash, and RAM together with shared SAN/NAS arrays.

Architecture

Atlantis ILIO USX pools and optimizes server RAM, SAS, and/or Flash to create a highly scalable, hyper-converged platform using existing servers. Atlantis ILIO USX provides the flexibility to pool commodity local storage with RAM and/or flash across multiple server farms. By doing so, customers can seamlessly scale out their architecture to create a hyper-converged infrastructure and manage their applications without having to rip out their existing infrastructure.

Atlantis ILIO USX optimizes how storage is consumed by the application or VM by inserting a transparent software layer between the application and storage. The Atlantis ILIO USX software resides on the hypervisor platform as a set of virtual machines that can abstract any storage hardware into pools of virtual storage that can be combined together to form an Application Defined Storage Volume (ADS Volume). There are two types of storage pools:

  1. Capacity Pool: Any type of storage is pooled together to provide capacity for ADS Volumes. SAN, NAS, and local storage including SSD and Flash can be pooled in any combination to provide the underlying capacity required by applications and VMs.
  2. Memory Pool: High-performance server resources such as flash, RAM or even flash on DIMM are pooled and optimized to provide the performance required by the application storage volume. The memory pool can be used either as an optimization and acceleration tier or as primary storage for applications and VMs.

These Capacity and Memory pools are combined together automatically to create Application Defined Storage Volumes (ADS Volume) with policy-based controls that apply the ideal combination of storage capacity, performance and availability for the application. The ADS Volume provides enterprise-class storage functionality including high-availability, data protection, thin provisioning and cloning. Multiple ADS Volumes can be created from a single Capacity and Performance Pool, enabling true application-centric storage for the first time.

The Atlantis ILIO USX platform applies multiple storage optimization technologies to boost the performance and increase the available storage capacity provided to the application. At the same time, Atlantis ILIO USX dramatically reduces the impact of application IO traffic on storage resource utilization (disk, storage controller, network).

Use with existing Shared Storage

Use Local SAS or SATA

Use RAM as Primary Storage

Optimized All-Flash Arrays

In-Memory Architecture — Atlantis ILIO USX can run VMs completely in server RAM to deliver high-speed, low latency runtime storage without re-architecting applications

IO Processing — Atlantis ILIO USX processes IO operations in real-time at the compute layer to lower latency and reduce network traffic

Inline De-duplication — Atlantis ILIO USX performs inline de-duplication in real-time on-the-wire with microsecond latency, eliminating up to 90% of storage IO traffic

Real-Time Compression — Atlantis ILIO USX compresses the optimized blocks In-Memory with microsecond latency

IO Blender Fix — Atlantis ILIO USX coalesces small random blocks generated by the hypervisor into larger sequential blocks, greatly improving storage access and efficiency

High Availability — Atlantis ILIO USX provides integrated high-availability and data protection to prevent application downtime.

Thin Provisioning — All Atlantis ILIO USX storage volumes are automatically thin provisioned with up to 10:1 consolidation.

Fast Clone — Atlantis ILIO USX can clone full VMs in as little as 4 seconds with no network or storage traffic.

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What is Diskless VDI?

Diskless Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the concept of using local server memory in combination with storage optimization software to store virtual desktop images instead of shared SAN/NAS or local SAS/SSD storage.

By storing virtual desktop images on the local memory of the hypervisor where the desktops execute, response time are faster than even the most expensive local SSD drives (MLC or SLC), cost less when combined with Atlantis ILIO, and increase reliability.

With existing VDI architectures, virtual desktop images are stored on either shared SAN/NAS storage or local SSD disks, which are costly, have limited IOPS for write-intensive VDI workloads, can have a limited lifespan and consume more power than memory.

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VDI

Benefits

  1. Software only – Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI is a purpose built storage layer to run virtual desktops with just CPU and RAM and no other storage or SSDs. Scale-out VDI infrastructure with just servers and software.
  2. Amazing user experience – 300+ IOPS/user* – faster than PC user experience  even with iPads.
  3. CAPEX below $200/user – infrastructure cost under £125 per desktop including the server hardware, RAM and Atlantis ILIO.
  4. Lower OPEX – Enable lower operating expenses by eliminating rack space, power consumption, cooling and repair costs, and daily operational tasks of maintaining disk-based storage.
  5. Automated multi-rack deployment – Automatically install and configure ILIO on hundreds of servers across dozens of racks. Creates and registers NFS data stores that are ready to use by the VDI broker to complete the provisioning process.
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Free virtual machine backup

Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

Veeam offers a free version of its award-winning Veeam Backup & Replication™ software. The
free version, Veeam Backup™ Free Edition, provides a subset of the functionality in the full (paid)
editions of Veeam Backup & Replication.

The free and full editions use the same download and install, with functionality controlled by the
presence of absence of a license key.

The software operates in free mode when no license key is present, or when an expired
license key is present. There is no limit on the number of hosts, sockets or virtual
machines (VMs).

The full editions require a valid (unexpired) license key, and are limited to the number of
host CPU sockets specified in the license key for each hypervisor (VMware or Hyper-V)

http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html

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VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform, Virtual Appliances for Mobile Phones

VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform, Virtual Appliances for Mobile Phones.

Enforce security and compliance policies, ease management, and reduce CAPEX while giving your employees the freedom to use their mobile device of choice.

  • Secure employee-owned devices accessing corporate resources.
  • Manage and provision all mobile end-points and desktop from a single interface.
  • Reduce costs and allow employees to use their own mobile device for work.
  • Safely support a wide variety of mobile phones connecting to company network.
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UBERAlign Tool for Identifying and Correcting VM Disk Alignment Issues

Free UBERAlign Tool for Identifying and Correcting VM Disk Alignment Issues.

So many posts on forums regarding aligning Virtual Disks. This tool will solve your alignment problems.

http://nickapedia.com/2011/11/03/straighten-up-with-a-new-uber-tool-presenting-uberalign/

 

VMware Workstation 8 Released

What’s New

This release of VMware Workstation adds the following new features and support.

Installation Changes and Enhanced Keyboards

The hardware requirements to install this version of Workstation have changed. Workstation now requires a relatively modern 64-bit CPU.

The keyboard filter driver is no longer installed by default.  When the driver is not installed, the enhanced keyboard functionality is
unavailable and you must press Ctrl-Alt-Ins instead of Ctrl-Alt-Del to send a Ctrl-Alt-Del keystroke to the guest.

Virtual Hardware Improvements

New display technology

VM can support up to 64GB RAM.

HD audio

USB 3.0

Bluetooth

Use Virtual VT-X/EPT or AMD-V/RVI for VM’s needing
64-bit OS.

New User Interface

Virtual Machine library

Folder summary page

Full screen toolbar

What Happened to Teams?

Team structure converted to folder of VM.

Power operations to multiple machines as same time.

Global preferences for delaying power on VM’s.

Shared Virtual Machines and AutoStart

You can share virtual machines with remote users in this version of Workstation.

You can use the new AutoStart feature to configure shared virtual machines to start with the host system

Remote Connections

You can use the new Connect to Server feature to connect to remote hosts running Workstation, ESX 4.x and later, and VMware vCenter Server.

Upload to vSphere

VMware OVF Tool is now integrated with Workstation so that you can upload a virtual machine from Workstation to a remote server running ESX, ESXi, or vCenter Server. After connecting to a remote server, you drag the virtual machine from the local My Computer section of the virtual machine library to the remote server. A wizard walks you through the process.

Installation Requirements

When you install Workstation, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a processor that meets the following requirements. You cannot install Workstation if the host system does not meet these requirements.

  • 64-bit x86 CPU
  • LAHF/SAHF support in long mode

You can use CPU-Z or a similar utility to determine if the host system CPU is 64-bit capable.

CPU-Z shows EM64T (Intel) or AMD64 (AMD) if the processor is 64-bit capable.

If you plan to install a 64-bit guest operating system in a virtual machine, the host system must have one of the following processors.

Workstation will not allow you to install a 64-bit guest operating system if the host system does not have one of these processors.

  • AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode.
  • Intel CPU that has VT-x support. VT-x support must be enabled in the host system BIOS.
  • The BIOS settings that must be enabled for VT-x support vary depending on the system vendor. See VMware KB article 1003944 for information on how to determine if VT-x support is enabled.

PXE Manager for vCenter

Neat tool to automate and provision new ESXi hosts.

Little bird tells me this feature set will be included in VSphere 5.0

PXE Manager for vCenter enables ESXi host state (firmware) management and provisioning. Specifically, it allows:

  • Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and stateful (no ESX)
  • ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention
  • ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)
  • ESXi Patch management
  • Multi vCenter support
  • Multi network support with agents (Linux CentOS virtual appliance will be available later)
  • Wake on Lan
  • Hosts memtest
  • vCenter plugin
  • Deploy directly to VMware Cloud Director
  • Deploy to Cisco UCS blades

Download from here :  PXE Manager for Vcenter

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