Takeaway: There are no shortage of ways to design infrastructure to solve a specific problem. One popular new trend is the modular server, as Rick Vanover explains.
One of the things I enjoy in my professional capacity is that I constantly am exposed to different environments. Most of those environments are focused on delivering an optimized VMware or Hyper-V infrastructure, which makes sense today.
For midsize or larger organizations, I’m indeed a fan of the pod-based approach for data center provisioning techniques. But for smaller organizations, there is a great opportunity to deliver all of the features for a virtualized infrastructure; however, there are clear guardrails around price and complexity.
When Veeam released v6 of Veeam Backup & Replication there was one feature that honestly we didn’t know how to describe: Quick Migration.
First of all, what is Quick Migration? It officially is a VM migration technique to close the loop for task such as Instant VM Recovery (IVMR)). In VMware environments, it simply reproduces a VM from one location to another. In the case of IVMR, that would be from the vPower NFS datastore to a production datastore.
So, basically, what this task does is reproduce the VM on the target as needed. It can function cross-host and cross storage, so for environments who don’t have vMotion or Storage vMotion; this may be a great meet-in-the-middle solution.
The *BEST* part of Veeam Quick Migration is that it is included with Veeam Backup Free Edition. Hint, hint, if you don’t have migration capabilities, you can use this tool for a “good enough” solution.
The Quick Migration feature is visible in the Veeam Backup Interface as shown in the figure below:
If the system you are moving is the vCenter Server, you may want to inventory each host by IP address and do the migration tasks from one ESXi host to another ESXi host in terms of the host IP address.
Problems this solve:
- Migration without vMotion (or Storage vMotion)
- Migration without vCenter
- Migrate from IVMR
Good stuff. Share you comments below.
In this installment of the Content Roundup for April 2013, we have no shortage of things going on with the Veeam Teeam! This is a good time as we are really ramping up to v7 of Veeam Backup & Replication, but there are still a lot of other things going on. We’ve had a number of events, a release of the MP, awesome news and some great product and thought leadership content to share. Just recently we celebrated the 5th birthday of Veeam Backup & Replication on May 2, hence why this post is a bit after the end of the month. Nobody likes someone taking attention away from their birthday anyways, right?
On 7-May, Apcon announced new simple network management with new Titan EP series for multi-switch management. Here is a pre-release of their press release:
Wilsonville, Ore., May 7, 2013 – APCON, the industry leader in intelligent network monitoring and security support solutions, today announced at Interop Las Vegas 2013 the latest major release of TITAN EP, plus a first look at the application on a mobile platform. TITAN EP is the only multi-switch management system in the industry that allows enterprises to manage, share and monitor all APCON switches and devices across the entire network with a 360-degree view from a single point of control.
The new TITAN EP release ensures full compatibility with the recent APCON Firmware release which includes a new 40G inter-switch trunk solution to help enterprises support security and performance monitoring tools in the 40G network environment. TITAN EP upgrades and features include:
· Labeled ports and switches organized hierarchically for convenient management and tracking
· A range of connection configurations between switch ports, including filters
· Real-time status of each switch, simplifying management process and increasing productivity
· Customizable manual or automated connection paths, allowing the end-user more control of the network
· Customizable usage reports for convenient analysis
· Trunking support to ensure optimal bandwidth and traffic flow
“For large enterprise networks, packet aggregation switches have emerged as the new standard for sharing monitoring devices. TITAN EP goes further than any other offering — with a single point to manage every network monitoring switch in the network,” said Richard Rauch, President and CEO of APCON. “The level of sophistication we’ve achieved with TITAN is in large part due to working closely with our Fortune 500 customers to ensure a complete switch management solution that meets today’s network monitoring needs.”
Stop by the APCON booth #727 to learn more about TITAN EP and get a first glimpse of TITAN EP for mobile, or visit: http://www.apcon.com/products/titan-ep-multi-switch-management.
One of the great things about virtualization is that it is such a flexible platform that we can change our mind on almost anything. But, that’s not to say that there are some things that we just shouldn’t do — for examples, see my "5 Things To Not Do with vSphere." One of those areas is storage, and in a way I’m torn as to whether a broad recommendation makes sense for expanding VMFS volumes.
A few weeks ago, I sent out a Tweet that may end up being more work than I had planned! I simply said that I plan on using the vSphere Web Client for future blog posts that I do. The goal was to be more modern in the content I present around vSphere virtualization. I quickly got a number of replies from fellow bloggers, both encouraging me to do it and also warning me about some current limitations of the vSphere Web Client.