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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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Designing Storage for Microsoft SQL

by dave on May 19, 2008


It’s no secret that Microsoft’s SQL database environment is immensely popular in the market. To that end, EMC and Microsoft have developed “Best Practices” for laying out SQL databases, logs, quorums (for clustering), and TempDb on our arrays. For this entry, I thought I’d provide you with a quick overview of two different disk layouts.

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