Microsoft SQL Server

Dell and VMware: A match made in heaven

by dave on June 3, 2009


#helpnick

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).

Note: you can get to the static picture set here.

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I’m typically in the position of designing storage solutions for external customers based upon established protocols and best practices here at EMC.  We design based on our work with Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, etc. and the solutions development that happens with these partners.  It’s definitely an exciting challenge to take a customer’s needs and wrap them into a solution set that allows for performance, capacity, and future growth.  What’s even more exciting, however, is getting the chance to design and implement a storage solution for an internal “customer.”  I figured this would be a good chance to lay out the work that goes on in designing a storage solution coupled with a VMware host solution as well.

I’ll break this journey into several parts and include the appropriate Visios (as permitted).  So, without further ado, let’s get started!!!

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Search Term Tuesday: June 17th Edition

by dave on June 17, 2008


Typical RAID 10 setup.

Image via Wikipedia

Having missed last weeks Search Term post (which actually was a good thing), I decided to delve deeper into the search term logs and see what the top reoccurring searches were for this week. Imagaine my suprise (or not) when I found that RAID and RAID group expandability was a consistent theme. To that end, let’s begin our overview.

Search Term #1: RAID 1 Group Expansion

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