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Posted by richswain in Oct 22, 2009, under News
IBM N series Release News 3 of 4
The past two days I have been writing about new technologies IBM released on October 20th. There was plenty of hardware to help IBM customers to get more bang for the buck but there was also an addition the SnapManager suite; SnapManager for Hyper-V.
One of the biggest chances in the data center has been the server virtualization of the data center. This new idea of consolidating the server farm from multiple 1 U servers to a larger server hosting multiple virtual machines posed new challenges. Backup, restores, IO bottle necks; all new things we had to work through.
For many years VMWare was the main player in the virtual server game. As the virtual movement caught more traction with customers, other vendors started coming out with their own virtual products. Microsoft released their virtual product codename Viridian, with their Windows 2008 OS and named it Hyper-V.
IBM SnapManager suite allows customers to take a consistent backups of databases and Hyper-V is no different. Built on snapshot technology, SMHV takes snapshots of the VM. Some of the terms used with Hyper –V is different than VMWare but the idea is pretty much the same.
SMHV uses a group of objects called datasets. These datasets can have certain retention policies set on the dataset. The dataset is backed up collectively but can be restored individually.
There is also Snapmirror integration that helps mirror the datasets to another N series set of disks. Reporting is also a feature that is included.
If you have some time to review the SMHV product, there are a few links you should take a look at:
Posted by richswain in Oct 20, 2009, under News
IBM today announced releases for the N series platform including the first IBM Storage product to offer FCoE support. The N series platform now includes
- Performance Accelerator Module – Second Generation
- SnapManager for Hyper-V 1.0
- Fiber Channel over Ethernet
- 10Gb Ethernet support
- EXN3000 SAS Expansion Disk
Over the next 4 days, I will be writing about these technologies and how they related to the IBM Smarter Planet initiative. With these technologies, you will be able to consolidate your data center infrastructure, use less power and cooling and make your solution more efficient.
With budgets getting tighter and CIOs asking to do more with less, companies are asking IBM to help them achieve this shift in the paradigm. The IT department is being not only to provide more services at a higher availability but some are asked to be revenue centers for the company.
The new Performance Accelerator Module II (aka PAMII) is an upgrade to its smaller brother the PAM I. The new flash memory card can be added to systems (both N6000 and N7000) in 256GB and 512 GB cards. Unlike Solid State Drives that accelerate data stored on the chip, the PAM II effectively extends the buffer cache for all data. By adding memory cache to the system, it reduces the total number of IOPS the disk subsystem has to perform across the entire dataset stored in the system.
Server virtualization has become a hot topic with many companies looking to consolidate the data center footprint. Now IBM is adding to the list of SnapManager software packages support for MS Hyper-V. SMHV is built on the SnapManger product line that cut it’s teeth on Exchange and Oracle many years ago. Much like those products, SMHV allows customers to backup and recover their virtual machines within the storage protection policies set by the backup administrator. Clients that use SMHV will find it easier to rapidly provision and clone their virtual machines and the ability to recover one virtual machine if needed.
Server virtualization has been a hot topic for a few years, and people have started looking at storage virtualization/consolidation within the last year. Something that was left out was the networking in the data center. The introduction of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10Gb Ethernet is allowing companies to save more money by consolidating older 1Gb lines into one or two lines. IBM N series is the first storage system to support FCoE hardware. We are very proud to have this honor and as customers look to IBM to provide an FCoE or a 10Gb product, we have a proven product that will help consolidate their network infrastructure.
The new announcement of the EXN3000 disk shelf is part of the IBM Smarter Planet goal. With a total capacity of 48TB raw disk in a 4 U footprint, we can reduce the number of watts consumed (per TB) more than 10% per shelf. The EXN3000 can use either SAS or SATA drives in 12 or 24 drive configurations. This equates to about 30% more dense storage than the EXN2000 or EXN4000 shelves. With a higher density storage footprint, less power and cooling is required for fewer spinning disks.
These technologies allow IBM customers to meet the tightening parameters that are changing the paradigm in IT. IBM is constantly building on the proven N series platform to enhance and simplify our customer’s environment while increasing efficiency with the world’s resources. Come back tomorrow for part 2 of 4 in the week long update on the IBM N series release.
A well written blog was posted today on the Netapp site about best practices with Hyper-V. Chaffie McKenna is an architect for Microsoft Solutions Engineering. The article goes into different parts of setting up the network and the vms.
If you are looking to deploy Hyper-V in your environment you need to read this article.