Flexibility In The Remote Branch Office VMware Mini Forum Calgary


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VMware Mini Forum Calgary Afternoon Keynote Presentation, February 18, 2010. Overview on how Virtualization Technologies can provide flexibility and additional value in the Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO). Topics discussed: Centralized vs. Distributed Deployment Models, Backup, Data Replication, Disaster Recovery, vSphere features, Site Recovery Manager, Virtual Desktop, WAN Acceleration.

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Flexibility In The Remote Branch Office VMware Mini Forum Calgary

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  2. 2. Simplify the Branch Office using Virtualization Technologies James Charter, Sr. Virtualization Consultant
  3. 3. Agenda  About Long View Systems  Branch Office Challenges  Opportunities for Change  Centralized vs. Distributed  Backup  Data Replication  Disaster Recovery  Q&A Slide 3
  4. 4. About Long View Systems  Focused on end-to-end IT Infrastructure Operations & Procurement Services  Extensive Client Successes with (complete lifecycle) in SMB to enterprise corporations  Established in 1999, with US operations established in 2004 with extensive growth and investment from 2006 to current Slide 4
  5. 5. Manufacturers  VMware Premier Enterprise Partner (Canada/US)  VMware Authorized Consulting Partner (1 of the first 4 VACP in the world)  A white label virtualization resource and delivery sub- contractor for VMware, HP, NetApp, EMC, Ingram and Avnet Slide 5
  6. 6. Branch Office Challenges  Lack of Standardization  Every server is different and configured in a unique way  Limited Space & Budget  Limited room, power and cooling  Cost constraints often mean: • Fewer servers are deployed • Additional roles are required per server (AD, File, SQL, Exchange) • Server hardware configurations may be non-redundant Slide 6
  7. 7. Branch Office Challenges (continued)  Remote Support  Lack of onsite IT resources (phone, quarterly visits, ship to site)  Deploying a new desktop may require a site visit  Geographic location may not qualify for 4 Hour Onsite Warranty service and may only be Next Business Day.  Backup & Recovery  Tape changed by office personnel, backups unreliable  Where are the tapes being kept? Slide 7
  8. 8. Opportunities for Change Virtualization! You’ve already proven it’s benefits in the Datacenter, it’s time to virtualize the remote branch office. Slide 8
  9. 9. Benefits Standardization with templates  Rapid provisioning based on your ‘gold master’ installation Reduce your costs  Consolidate servers onto less hardware to reduce power and cooling requirements. Do more with less!  Reduce desktop support and deployment costs Encapsulation & Isolation  Split application and service roles into separate virtual machines; reduce the impact of application outages when changing one virtual machine.  Virtual Machines are isolated and the stability of one virtual machine does not impact the others. Slide 9
  10. 10. Benefits (continued) Centralized Management  Manage the environment with a remote connection Backup & Recovery  Hardware independence for Virtual Machines makes restores more flexible  Backup entire Virtual Machines for quick ‘bare metal’ restores Slide 10
  11. 11. VMware Solutions Protection against hardware failures Planned maintenance with zero downtime Protection against unplanned downtime and disasters Site Recovery VMware Fault Tolerance, Manager High Availability, Storage DRS Maintenance Mode, VMotion VMotion NIC Teaming, Multipathing VMware Data Recovery, VMware Ready Data Protection solutions from third-party partners Component Server Storage Data Site Slide 11
  12. 12. High Availability HA – High Availability provides quick recovery from hardware failure Slide 12
  13. 13. Deployment Models Centralized vs. Distributed Centralized - All services are consolidated centrally, may include desktops Distributed – Branch Office services available locally, may include desktops What makes sense for your environment? What are the main determining factors?  WAN connectivity  Data Locality Slide 13
  14. 14. Centralized Deployment Model All services are consolidated centrally  Reliable WAN links are required for connecting the branch office to centralized resources  High bandwidth with low latency may be required for a centralized model - WAN acceleration products can reduce bandwidth requirements and improve user experience  Virtual desktops can be used to minimize remote site support requirements  Data protection and backup are performed centrally Slide 14
  15. 15. Centralized Example Virtual Servers Virtual Desktops WAN Head Office Datacenter Branch Office WAN Acceleration (IT Operations) Slide 15
  16. 16. Distributed Deployment Model Core services in central location, local services based on use case.  Suitable for sites with unreliable or non-redundant WAN links  Less bandwidth may be required compared to a centralized solution  Suitable for sites that have a requirement for local data  Remotely managed from a central location  Virtual desktops can be used to minimize remote site support requirements  Data replication for centralized backup and disaster recovery Slide 16
  17. 17. Distributed Example Virtual Servers (Core Services) Virtual Servers Virtual Desktops WAN Head Office Datacenter WAN Acceleration (IT Operations) Branch Office Slide 17
  18. 18. Backup Options Backup Agents in the Operating System  Traditional agent based backup (same as physical servers) Image or File level backups with VMware Data Recovery Image or file level backups with VCB & Backup Product  Backup the Virtual Machine to your backup product (disk, tape)  Backup files in the Windows Virtual Machine to your backup product Snapshot based backups with replication  Leverage storage array snapshots and application integration Use De-duplication to minimize storage requirements! Slide 18
  19. 19. Backup with VMware Data Recovery Slide 19
  20. 20. Backup with VCB Slide 20
  21. 21. Data Replication Data Replication Application Operating System Virtual Machine Storage Volume Enables centralized backup Use WAN Acceleration to lower bandwidth requirements Use De-duplication to lower storage requirements Storage Array based replication enables more flexibility Slide 21
  22. 22. Disaster Recovery - Manual Data Replication Data Replication of Virtual Machine to Recovery Site Make storage volume writable (re-signature, rescan) Register Virtual Machine Adjust Virtual Machine Networking Power On and Virtual Machine Customization (IP addresses, DNS, etc) Follow Run Book Slide 22
  23. 23. Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager Site Recovery Manager leverages VMware vSphere to deliver advanced disaster recovery management and automation  Simplifies and automates disaster recovery workflows:  Setup, testing, failover  Turns manual recovery runbooks into automated recovery plans  Provides central management of recovery plans from the VMware vSphere Client Works with VMware vSphere to make disaster recovery rapid, reliable, manageable, affordable Slide 23
  24. 24. SRM Topologies Standard Deployment: Shared Recovery Sites: 1:1 mapping between each Multiple sites can be protected by a protected site and its recovery site single, shared recovery site Leverage for remote office/branch office topologies Slide 24
  25. 25. Summary – Remote Office Big Wins Use Storage Replication for the most flexibility  Scalability & Simplicity over VM, App, or OS replication Use De-duplication  Less data to move, less bandwidth required, less $/GB Use WAN Acceleration to maximize links & user experience  More efficient data transfer = less $/link, more /user Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity  Build a framework that will scale to DR/BC when your business needs it. Centralize to Simplify when you can  Does Virtual Desktop fit? What can you move back to the core? Slide 25
  26. 26. Thank You Questions? Contact: James Charter james.charter@lvs1.com 403.515.6900