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IPExpo 2010

October 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

This year my trip to IPExpo started with a bloggers Q&A surrounding Microsoft Azure and the cloud, myself and a number of other bloggers were joined by Zane Adams general manager Microsoft Azure. I intend on doing a seperate blog post on the conent of this session, but from my point of view it was good to hear Microsoft’s vision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the bloggers event, @ChrisDearden lead the way to IPExpo. This was my second visit to IPExpo, I really enjoyed last year as I made lots of contacts and saw lots of interesting technology. This year for me it was about meeting up with people from the community and industry, making new contacts and identifying new technologies. As I was unable to attend VMworld that made this event more important for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 for me was about finding out about some key vendors I had identified previously, on the top of my list was RES Software and Vertensys. RES Software produces a dynamic desktop solution to assist with profile management, personalisation, printer management, virtual desktop management, it works across physical and virtual desktops. It was good to chat with the guys from RES and understand how this will fit in with VDI solutions and help move away from problematic roaming profiles. I’m looking forward to getting some hands on time with their software soon.

Vertensys offer a virtual IO solution similar in principle to Xsigo but it works by extending the standard PCIe bus from the servers. Why Vertensys was of particular interest to me is due to the better suitability to small infrastructures compared to Xsigo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the hall was SGI’s modular data centre, it was a large 40ft trailer container, designed to be wheeled into a large warehouse, power, network and water connected and your ready to go. These kind of containers are heart of the cloud and demonstrate how modular datacenter can work on a huge scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These containers have the ability to contain a maximum of 1920 U’s, 43,392 Cores and 16Pb of Data!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon I joined Simon Seagrave’s (www.techhead.co.uk) session titled “Building a successful virtualization lab environment” as always it’s good to hear idea’s surrounding lab setups and for me the demonstration of the EMC Uber VSA was fantastic. I had been aware of the Uber VSA but hadn’t had the chance to have a play with it yet! To find out about the Uber VSA visit the blog of Nicholas Weaver a EMC vSpecialist http://nickapedia.com

The last stop of the day before the vBeers was the Veeam stand, today was release day for Veeam Backup and Replication 5, I joined the Veeam team and some of the UK bloggers to celebrate with Veeam, in true Veeam fashion it was with shots of Vodka!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday evening was spent at the vBeers organised by Jane Rimmer (Thanks Jane!) it was good to have a natter with some of the vendors and fellow bloggers. After vBeers it was of to my hotel that was handily near by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My plan for the Thursday was to catch up with some people I missed on Wednesday, sit in on as many sessions as possible and discover some new technology.

My first stop of the day was the Xsigo stand where I caught up with Nick from Xsigo (@NDyerATXsigo) it was good to see the Xsigo IO virtualisation product in the flesh and have a good chat with Nick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was particularly impressed with the iPad app that could be used to manage all your virtual IO eviroment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I attended a number of sessions on VDI, most were the same old marketing message, a few had useful insights into virtualisation projects. It was interesting to hear about DoubleTakes product that works by booting the desktops from PXE then streams the desktop to the end devices. http://www.doubletake.com/english/products/double-take-flex/Pages/default.aspx

It was good to hear all the final features of Veeam Backup and Replication 5 by Doug Hazelman (@VMDoug)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of my day was meeting up with Simon Seagrave and having a walkthrough of the vBlock platform, a union of Cisco, EMC and VMware. I have heard lots about it previously but there is nothing like seeing it in flesh. As always it was great to talk all kinds of tech with Simon, typically we ended up talking about our iPad’s!

The most surprising tech of the show was the Fusion-IO’s products, it wasn’t a company I had heard of before. Fusion IO is a solid state storage product but isn’t an SSD. One fusion IO card in a server can power 100 VDI sessions, on the stand they had 1 ESX server with a Fusion IO card on board and from that they were able to power all the VDI sessions shown in the center of the video wall and all the videos shown below and above!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m looking forward to learning more about Fusion IO and hopefully getting to test it in a VDI enviorment! If someone from fusion is listening I would love to trial a card! 😉 for more information take a look at there website http://www.fusionio.com

So that was my IPExpo 2010 experience, all in all I had a fantastic time, great people and fantastic tech. I am looking forward to next year!

A quick blog post to point you in the direction of Veeam’s blog http://www.veeam.com/blog as you have probably already read, Veeam’s latest version of it’s backup and replication product that is due in Q3 this year has a number of new technologies, including indexing of backups, recovery verification, universal application item recovery (U-AIR), instant recovery and much more on top of the features we already have in v4 such as change block tracking, synthetic full backups and true VSS support.

On Veeam’s blog at the moment are a number of sneak peaks into these latest technologies, I personally can’t wait for this release. So many of my customers are already using and loving what Veeam can do for them now, with these latest additions it is going to mean we can stop using other applications for Exchange and AD granular recoveries and much more.

A few of the screenshots from their blog to wet you appetite.

Recovery Verification

U-AIR (Universal Application Item Recovery)

Restoring a granular item from AD

 

To view all the screenshots, videos and to get more information visit Veeam’s blog http://www.veeam.com/blog

I wonder if we may get a release date at VMworld this week?

If you like what you see you can download Veeam Reporter Free edition here >>

http://www.veeam.com/reporter-free-promo/virtualisedreality.com

This link will register against me for the Veeam Blogger Contest for which Veeam are offering charity donations via Charity Choice. As this is an American based site I will ask my readers to recommend a charity if I am lucky enough to win one of the prizes.

Veeam have today launched the free version of their reporter product. If you are not familier with Veeam Reportor, here’s a description in Veeam’s own words.

Veeam Reporter™ discovers, documents and analyzes your entire virtual infrastructure. It maintains a complete history of all objects, settings and changes. And it trends performance and utilization. So you can really understand your virtual infrastructure—past, present and future.

A full comparison between the free version and full version can be found here >> http://www.veeam.com/veeam_reporter_free_edition_wn.pdf as you would expect the free version is some what limited and some of the most useful features are heavily limited or not available such as change tracking is limited to 24 hours, there is no powershell access and no capacity planning. But it’s free!!! The good news is that if you find you like it so much that you would like to purchase the full version, it is easily upgraded by a simple license key, no re-installation needed.

I was lucky enough to have access to an early release as I am taking part in Veeam’s totally transparent bloggers contest.  >> http://www.veeam.com/blog/christmas-in-august-veeamrsquos-totally-transparent-blogger-contest.html

The installation is very simple, you probably want to do the initial installation on a server or workstation, as this will be where the web interface will run from. You will need .net framework 3.5.1 and the IIS role installed, ensure that you also have the windows authentication module installed under IIS. Veeam Reporter uses a SQL backend to store it’s data, you can either use an existing SQL server or SQL Express, note if you choose SQL Express this will be downloaded during the installation process, with my extremly slow home broadband this did take me over 1 hour!

Once you have ran through the installation you are able to access the reporter web interface via a shortcut installed in the Veeam folder on the start menu.

Configuration is accessed through a hyperlink in the top right corner

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You will want to create a new collection job, this will let Reporter know where to collect the information from

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Once you have created the collection job you will see an entry as follows

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(Note my job has failed above as my home lab is currently turned off)

As well as running the job on a schedule you are also able to manually start a collection using the Start button when highlighting your collection job. 

Once you have configured your collection job and have ran an initial collection you are able to access the workspace and start running reports.

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On the left hand side you are able to choose the components you wish to report on, whilst on the right you are able to choose the report and select the objects to include.

Note the download link to the Veeam Report Viewer, you will require this to process some of the report objects that don’t display on screen such as the Visio and Excel reports.

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Once you have selected your report and clicked the generate report button, a .vmr file will be downloaded that Veeam Viewer can process.

Here are some examples of the Visio reports

Configuration Report (Microsoft Visio)_8-17-2010

Storage Report (Microsoft Visio)_8-17-2010

 Storage Report VMS (Microsoft Visio)_8-17-2010

and an exmaple of the Infrastructure Report, there is 124 pages of information for my small home lab!!!

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 https://virtualisedreality.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/inventory-report-pdf_8-17-2010.pdf

For a free product it is amazing the amount of information you can get out of it, it will be especially useful during a new installation for documentation etc. If you are using VMware Essentials or Essentials + you may wish to consider Veeam Essentials as not only does this include Reporter, but monitor and backup as well.

If you like what you see you can download Veeam Reporter Free edition here >>

http://www.veeam.com/reporter-free-promo/virtualisedreality.com

This link will register against me for the Veeam Blogger Contest for which Veeam are offering charity donations via Charity Choice. As this is an American based site I will ask my readers to recommend a charity if I am lucky enough to win one of the prizes.