Sessions in Detail

The Virtual System Storage Syndrome in 2013

Presenter
Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

In the first session, Howard Marks will discuss how virtual systems present unique challenges to storage administrators and the storage systems they manage. These start, of course, with the fact that many hypervisor features require shared storage. Even in SAN environments, virtual systems challenge storage system features from snapshots and replication to read-ahead and other performance features tuned for physical systems.

Howard will then explore several options for connecting host servers to storage. Part one will conclude with a look at how virtual systems affect backup architecture.

Topics covered will also include:

  • How virtual system storage is different
    • The I/O blender and the randomization of I/O
    • VDI boot storms and other challenges
  • Choosing storage interconnects for management and performance
    • NAS and SAN NFS, SMB, iSCSI, FC and FCoE
    • VM storage patterns for servers and VDI
  • How virtualization changes the backup landscape
    • When VM specific backup applications make sense and when they don’t

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Choosing and Tuning Storage for Virtual Systems

Presenter
Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

While the first session explored the issues facing storage and virtualization administrators, session two is all about solutions. Now that virtualization has gone mainstream, storage hardware and software vendors have been addressing the problems we discussed in part one in their latest products.

In this final session, Howard will first walk through storage and hypervisor integration through management plug-ins and extended APIs that give the VM administrator visibility into and some control over the storage system. Then, he’ll discuss what IT pros can add to their VM environments to improve the storage-VM connection, such as SSDs to speed performance. Howard will also provide coverage on some of the products vendors claim are the “perfect” storage solution for VMware or Hyper-V.

He’ll conclude with a look at the future of storage for virtual systems along with the enhancements of hypervisor and what storage vendors are promising.

Topics covered will also include:

  • How hypervisors including vSphere and Hyper-V interact with storage through ODX, VASA and VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration)
  • Managing storage through the hypervisor console (vCenter, SCCM)
  • How you can use solid-state storage to boost performance at reasonable cost
    • Server side or storage flash
    • Hybrid and all solid state systems
  • How dedupe and thin provisioning work in a virtual server or virtual desktop environment and what you should look out for
  • The evolution of Software Defined Storage Virtualizing storage for easier management and capacity efficiency
  • Storage systems designed specifically for virtual environments—what makes them different, are they really better, and do you sacrifice anything?
  • The future of storage for virtual systems
    • A look at VMware’s vVols, vFlash and other storage plans
    • The rise of software defined storage

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