In my first article on the Emulex E3S Gateway, I simply relayed a high-level look at the device as well as a sample diagram of how integration would look within a very simplistic block-based environment. Overall, it appears that the concept of a hardware “gateway” to the cloud is very well accepted as a mechanism for enterprise cloud integration but, it’s not without its fitment issues. In this particular post, I’m going to attempt to answer and evaluate why this approach is appropriate and where integration points could be somewhat sticky.
It’s not often that I get excited about technology within the storage space. There are notables, of course, mostly that take my love for high bandwidth interconnects (e.g. Infiniband, Rapid I/O) and mash them up with high-speed storage (EFDs, Fusion-IO). That being said, when it comes to the cloud, I’m absolutely estatic when off-the-shelf components can be utilized to get your data from the realm of block-based storage into the cloud-esque realm of object-based storage. Today, we’ll do a quick high level overview of one such technology gives you the freedom of moving from block to cloud (and back).
Cool new toy just landed in my lab for a production VMware vSphere implementation. This one is going to one of our internal groups that has a moderate load Microsoft SQL implementation. I’ve included a slideshow below so that you can see some of the absolutely fantastic features this Dell R610 (and even it’s bigger brother the R710) bring to the table for virtualization. There are also a couple of shots showing of some of the upcoming Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that will be coming down the road at some point from QLogic. I know, I know…this shows my relatively “geeky” side but honestly, when you get to do THIS for a living, how can you not get excited?!?!?! Enjoy. Shoot me any questions around the R610 and I’ll try to answer them. I’ll try to get a build document put together as well (no promises).