Dell and VMware: A match made in heaven

by dave on June 3, 2009


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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More Symmetrix V-Max Coverage

by dave on April 15, 2009


Here are some additional links to Symmetrix V-Max coverage.  I’m trying to go for a healthy blend of EMC insiders, customers, external bloggers.  If you see something that should be here, let me know. (customer)

  1. A Response to Tony’s V-Max Questions

Brian Henderson – Power Windows (EMC)

  1. EMC Symmetrix V-Max in Use at Microsoft adCenter
  2. EMC Symmetrix V-Max and Mixed Microsoft Workloads
  3. Video: Microsoft AdCenter Using V-Max

    Len Devanna – Confessions of an E-Biz Junkie (EMC)

    1. A Social Launch – Introducing Symmetrix V-Max

      I’ll add more in later as time permits.  These guys were left out of the mix yesterday. 😉

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      Symmetrix V-Max Coverage

      by dave on April 14, 2009


      Some of this list is mirrored over at The Storage Anarchist but I figured you’d want to stay on top of things. He’ll be posting updates to his list as well. I’m trying to collect some other bits and pieces. These are the particular articles that I liked. 

      Updated: 115pm EST

      FriendFeed listing for EMC Corporation:

      Twitter Feed (using #V-Max and #VMax hashtags):

      Barry Burke – the storage anarchist (highly recommended reading!):

      1. 1.055: symmetrix v-max – a revolutionary evolution
      2. 1.056: inside the virtual matrix architecture 
      3. 1.057: symmetrix v-max – scale up, scale out, scale away!
      4. 1.058: v-max does what hi-star can’t?

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