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Fundamentals of Datacenter Management

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Managing a datacenter is harder than ever. There are new requirements from virtualization, on-demand computing, and video & voice make real-time monitoring, systems analysis and capacity planning increasingly difficult, but critical for business continuity. Got datacenter management questions? Need help? This webcast is for you.

We’ll cover the basics of data center management as well some of the hot topics today, like virtualization and cloud computing.

• Analyzing datacenter network, systems, and storage performance
• Capacity planning in an environment of physical and virtual infrastructures
• The impact of the cloud - Do you need it and why you should care?
• Strategies for virtual machine management
• Network configuration management in the datacenter

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  • What is significant about virtualization? It’s not just the server, but also other components that you have to account for like switches and storage. The ecosystem is no longer static, it’s very dynamic and interdependent.Years ago you may have dealt with a relatively simple architecture.Most of the storage was in the server or directly attached. There was a line of site – application A is running on server 1. And this was static – it didn’t change much.Today, datacenters are highly virtualized. It used to be the storage was in the server. Today the server is in the storage!
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    • 1.
    • 2. A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds®
      based in Austin, Texas
      Josh Stephens- VP of Technology & Head Geek
      Brian Radovich – Product Manager, Storage and Virtualization
      Today’s Topic:
      Fundamentals of Datacenter Management
      Who is SolarWinds?
      What we do…
      Who are our customers?
      The SolarWinds community…
      Introduction
    • 3. Agenda
      • Introductions & Housekeeping
      • 4. Analyzing datacenter performance
      • 5. Trivia and T-shirt Giveaways
      • 6. Capacity planning
      • 7. Strategies for VM Management
      • 8. Network Configuration Management in the Datacenter
      • 9. Cloud impact
      • 10. Demonstration of ideas discussed using SolarWinds applications
      • 11. Summary and Q&A
    • A Few Notes about Today’s Session
      • Today’s content will be fairly high-level
      • 12. We only have an hour
      • 13. No attendee left behind…
      • 14. Ask questions!!!
      • 15. Don’t be afraid to ask deeper questions
      • 16. Don’t wait ‘till the end – ask away
      • 17. Today’s session is being recorded
      • 18. Recorded session on SolarWinds.com
      • 19. Slides available on slideshare.com
      J0sher2014
    • 20. The most basic question of all…
      What is a Datacenter?
      J0sher2014
    • 21. How are datacenters changing?
      Internet
      Internet
      Datacenter Consolidation & Virtualization Shift
      Virtual Network
      Network
      • Management complexity increases
      • 22. Dependence on the network
      • 23. Networked storage growth
      • 24. Interdependence of network, storage, server
      ESX Server
      VM
      VM
      VM
      Server
      Storage Network
      VM
      VM
      VM
      Shared Storage
    • 25. Analyzing Datacenter Performance
      • Key areas for datacenter performance monitoring:
      • 26. SAN IOPS
      • 27. Virtual server load
      • 28. High-speed LAN
      J0sher2014
    • 29. Analyzing Datacenter Performance Cont’d
      • Areas you should focus on that are usually overlooked…
      • 30. WAN and internet connection performance
      • 31. Firewall performance
      • 32. DNS performance
      J0sher2014
    • 33. Capacity Planning in the Datacenter
      • Key areas of focus for capacity planning:
      • 34. Storage
      • 35. Capacity (space)
      • 36. Capacity (IOPS)
      • 37. Physical, Virtual Server Infrastructure
      • 38. WAN and LAN Bandwidth
      • 39. IP Address Management
      J0sher2014
    • 40. SCP Trivia Question #1
      SolarWinds Certified Professional Quiz
      The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
      • Question – How many different severity levels are there within the standard syslog message format?
      Answer – 8
    • 41. Virtualization Management Strategies
      • With datacenter consolidation comes virtualization…
      • 42. End-to-end mapping of virtualization leveraged resources
      • 43. Performance monitoring of key hardware:
      • 44. Virtual Servers
      • 45. SANs
      • 46. High-speed LANs
      J0sher2014
    • 47. VM Management Strategies Cont’d
      • Automated discovery and monitoring of virtual environments
      • 48. Best-in-class virtual switches for enhanced network monitoring
      • 49. Identification and monitoring of virtual storage
    • NCCM for the Datacenter
      Network Configuration & Change Management
      • Areas to focus on for the datacenter
      • 50. Compliance
      • 51. Automation
      • 52. Recovery
      J0sher2014
    • 53. The Impact of Cloud
      • What you absolutely should know about cloud computing today…
      • 54. Public cloud
      • 55. Private cloud
      • 56. The impact on network infrastructure
      • 57. How private clouds and datacenters differ
      J0sher2014
    • 58. SCP Trivia Question #2
      SolarWinds Certified Professional Quiz
      The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
      • Question – What is an orphaned VMDK?
      Answer – A Virtual Machine Disk Kernel (VMDK) that exists even though the VM has been deleted.
    • 59. - Slide 16 -
      SolarWinds Orion Demonstration
    • 60. Summary and Q&A
      Thank you for attending!
      To learn more or to download free 30-day trials
      ofSolarWindsproducts visit:
      www.SolarWinds.com
      Contact information
      Josh Stephens, Head Geek
      headgeek@solarwinds.com
      twitter: sw_headgeek
      Blog: http://solarwinds.com/geek
      p.s. Remember to renew your maintenance!!!