Simplify VMware Storage Management


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Virtualisation is a critical component within today’s IT infrastructure. This presentation will illustrate how, by
implementing Overland’s SnapServer SAN S2000, users will never need to learn an additional storage management tool, provisioning is easy and important data protection features like mirroring and replication are simple to implement and manage.

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Simplify VMware Storage Management

  1. 1. 20 October 2010<br />Simplify VMware Storage Management<br />Andy Walsky<br />Vice President EMEA and APAC Sales<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />The Drivers and Benefits of Virtualisation<br />Problems to Avoid<br />The Impact and Challenges of Storage<br />The Overland Storage Solution<br />The Key to Successful Implementation<br />Demonstration of SnapSAN S2000<br />
  3. 3. Reasons For Adopting Virtualisation<br />Virtualisation leads to great benefits, including: <br />Server Consolidation<br />Consolidate multiple servers into one single physical server for improved operational performance<br />Reduced Business Costs<br />As physical servers decrease, so do costs of infrastructure, space, etc. <br />Improved Application Security<br />Separate applications in each virtual machine segregates vulnerability so to not affect other applications<br />Reduced Maintenance<br />Virtual servers can easily be relocated and migrated, maintenance of hardware and software can be done with minimal downtime. <br />Enhanced Scalability<br />The ease with which virtual servers can be deployed will result in improved scalability of IT implementation.<br />
  4. 4. Business Benefits of Consolidation<br />The management of servers, storage and network devices can be greatly simplified<br />Energy costs can be reduced <br />License fees and maintenance costs can be brought under control <br />Less data center space<br />Server and Storage consolidation results in reduced software and equipment costs, improved productivity, and lower operating costs. <br />
  5. 5. Adoption Of Virtualisation<br />
  6. 6. Problems To Avoid<br />Taking the piecemeal approach to infrastructure build-out <br />Beware of the headaches that can come from an overly complex infrastructure.<br />Keeping with outdated processes<br />Processes used with physical servers may not translate to the new environment<br />Keeping physical server processes can ignore the unique benefits of a virtual environment<br />A longer learning curve translates into slower gains<br />Poor or little knowledge transfer or training prior to or during deployment<br />Struggling through product compatibility headaches<br />
  7. 7. Top Drivers for Virtualization<br />Get more out of your existing resources<br /> Consolidate servers to gain resource efficiency<br />Reduce your physical infrastructure<br /> Fewer servers and related IT hardware means reduced real estate, power and cooling, and personnel requirements<br />Increase availability of hardware and applications<br /> Improve business continuity by securely backing up and migrating entire virtual environments with no interruption in service<br />Gain operational flexibility<br /> Respond to market changes with dynamic resource management, faster server provisioning and improved desktop and application deployment<br />Applications<br />App<br />App<br />App<br />App<br />App<br />Virtualization Platform<br />Scalability<br />Availability<br />Security<br />Application Services<br />Compute<br />Storage<br />Network<br />Infrastructure Services<br />Datacenter Resources<br />Source: VMware<br />
  8. 8. Virtualization’s Impact on Storage<br />Storage<br />Consolidation<br />Physical server reduction has led to an increased dependence on scalable networked storage arrays<br />Increased Performance Requirements<br />As storage is consolidated, each array must process more difficult, unpredictable workloads and sustain higher levels of I/O<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />Virtualization Platform<br />Scalable Datastore<br />(SAN, NAS)<br />
  9. 9. Challenges for IT Managers<br />Managing storage and protecting data in a virtualized environment presents new challenges to IT managers…<br /><ul><li>How complex is provisioning?
  10. 10. Will you need to learn an additional storage management tool?
  11. 11. What will it take to implement and manage important data protection features like mirroring and replication?</li></li></ul><li>Purpose-Built Storage for Virtualization<br />The S2000 enables rapid provisioning of VMware Datastores and Hyper-V physical disk.<br /><ul><li>Designed from the ground up for virtual workloads
  12. 12. Utilizes the native MS and vCenter consoles for creation, management, and data protection tasks
  13. 13. No additional storage management tools or training required</li></li></ul><li>VMware vCenter Integration<br /><ul><li>S2000 vSphere Plugin allows administrators to manage their ESX environment natively from within the VMware vCenter Server
  14. 14. Ability to effortlessly integrate the S2000 with VMware storage configuration within the native vSphere Manager
  15. 15. Active-active failover for ESX Datastores
  16. 16. Single interface configuration for S2000 targets, VMware Datastores and VMware High Availability options such as DRS, HA, Vmotion and Fault Tolerance</li></ul>VMware Certifications<br />ESX 3.5 Update 5 | ESX 4.0 Update 1<br />
  17. 17. Microsoft Hyper-V Integration<br /><ul><li>Single-Click Volume Creation
  18. 18. Automated capacity expansion
  19. 19. Full SnapSAN management interface SnapSAN with support for Microsoft MPIO, VSS and VDS
  20. 20. Supports Hyper-V VSS Writer for direct replications and backup
  21. 21. Enables application consistency utilizing VSS for replications and backups
  22. 22. Provides access for guest VM’s to iSCSI targets directly without having to expose the Hyper-V host
  23. 23. Active-active failover supported for clustered Hyper-V servers</li></ul>Microsoft Certifications<br />
  24. 24. High Availability for VMware<br />The S2000 can be configured to enable Active-Active Failover for ESX Datastores.<br />With the single interface configuration for S2000 targets, VMware Datastores and VMware High Availability options (such as DRS, HA, VMotion, and Fault Tolerance) allow administrators to create a resource efficient and cost-effective HA solution that is simple to both manage and maintain.<br />VMware Certifications<br />ESX 3.5 Update 5 | ESX 4.0 Update 1<br />
  25. 25. The Key To A Successful Implementation<br />Plan Ahea<br />d<br />