12 April 2010
Changing the IP addresses on an EMC Celerra unified storage array is generally a pretty straightforward process. EMC supplies a script called
clariion_mgmt that you can use to change the IP addresses on the back-end CLARiiON storage processors (SPs). In the large majority of cases, the process for changing the IP addresses on an EMC Celerra using this script looks something like this:
6 April 2010
Just last week VMware wrapped up its Script-O-Mania contest; the winners of the contest are announced here. I had the privilege—and the responsibility—of being a judge for the contest. It wasn’t an easy task; all the entries submitted were very good, and it was difficult picking only three to be the winners.
3 April 2010
Steve Chambers at ViewYonder recently published an article countering the common “all my eggs in one basket” argument that is so frequently used as an argument against virtualization. Apparently, a comment in my Virtualization Short Take #37 post led him to believe that I am not, in his words, “fully on board yet”. So, I thought it might be helpful to discuss the view from the other side—from the perspective of those who aren’t “fully on board yet”.
24 March 2010
It’s that time again: time for another Virtualization Short Take! My Virtualization Short Takes are quick glances at various news bytes, announcements, useful blog posts, or other items of interest. (By the way, the “short” in “Short Take” does not imply that my post is going to be short, in case anyone was wondering. I’m still long-winded, and I have a lot of things that I find interesting.)
21 March 2010
Last year, I wrote a piece about multi-hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and some of the various reasons why—at the time—multi-hop FCoE was not a practical reality. Some things have changed since I last discussed multi-hop FCoE, and today I’d like to take a quick look at the interaction between network interface virtualization (NIV) and FCoE and see how this plays into multi-hop FCoE.
17 March 2010
I’ll start this off with a disclaimer: this post is really more for my own benefit than the benefit of anyone else.
16 March 2010
In late November 2009, I published a post on understanding NPIV (N_Port ID Virtualization) and NPV (N_Port Virtualization); you can read the full post here. In that post, I described a pair of virtualization technologies—NPV and NPIV—for Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs). This time around, I’d like to discuss a related technology on the Ethernet networking side called network interface virtualization (NIV). This technology, by the way, is currently undergoing IEEE standardization as part of the 802.1Qbh standard under the name “Bridge Port Extension”.
11 March 2010
This is just a quick post about a potential fix for some timeout issues when using EMC Replication Manager (RM). An e-mail sent to an internal distribution list described a situation in which a user was using RM but was getting an error when trying to take a VMware snapshot. The error reported was a fairly generic error:
9 March 2010
It’s been a busy couple of weeks! I was in Vienna, Austria, all last week, and I’m on the US West Coast this week. Even though I’ve been on the go, I’ve still been collecting various virtualization-related posts and tidbits. Here they are for you in Virtualization Short Take #36! I hope you find something useful.
5 March 2010
I was browsing through an EMC technical document titled “EMC CLARiiON Integration with VMware ESX Server” (download it here) a little while ago and I came across a phrase in the document that caught my attention: