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Virtualization Short Take #30

Welcome to Virtualization Short Take #30, my irregularly posted collection of links and thoughts on virtualization. I hope you find something useful here!

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Book Review: Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition

I recently had the opportunity to look through a copy of Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition, written by Michael W. Lucas and published by No Starch Press.

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Books or Blogs: My Perspective

A short while ago, I came across this article (I believe it was in a tweet posted by co-worker and fellow blogger Colin McNamara). In the article, the author asks this question: For technical folks interested in writing, what’s the best approach—books or blogs?

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I'm a Bad Student

As I mentioned a short while ago, I’m in the process of learning about EMC storage. To that end, I managed to get my hands on a copy of Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information (Wiley, 2009; available on Amazon). While general in nature, the book has a fair number of EMC-specific product examples.

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More on vSwitch Load Balancing

I had a customer contact me about scaling network throughput when using NFS datastores. Specifically, this customer was interested in knowing if it was possible to utilize more than 1 NIC with IP-based storage. The customer is currently using link aggregation (EtherChannel on a Cisco switch). I pointed the customer to my post on NIC utilization, in which I explain the prerequisites for utilizing more than 1 NIC in this sort of configuration. To refresh your memory, those prerequisites are:

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VMFS Isn't the Problem Here

I was reading this article by Eric Gray about CSV and followed his link to this ZDNet post about VMFS-3. I was a little taken aback.

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Learning About EMC Storage

Despite repeated incidences of being called a “storage expert,” I remain firmly convinced that I am far from being a storage expert. Case in point: I really don’t know that much about EMC storage, how to configure it, the caveats/gotchas/pitfalls when you’re setting it up, etc. Fortunately, I’ve recently been given the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with an EMC Celerra. Due to the Celerra’s architecture, this also means that I get some hands-on time with the EMC CLARiiON CX4 that sits behind the Celerra.

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Cleaning Out Some VMworld Info

VMworld is always a very busy time of year. Press releases, product announcements, new product or technology releases, companies emerging from stealth mode—it all happens around VMworld. Now that I’m back home again from VMworld, I thought I’d clear out my Inbox from all the various VMworld-related news items. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting or useful here!

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TA2384 - Deploying the Nexus 1000V

There is no Internet connectivity in this session, so I’ll have to publish this after the session has concluded.

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Some Additional VMworld Vendor Meetings

Earlier I posted some notes on meetings I’d had with Virsto and Xangati. In this post I’d like to discuss some additional meetings I’ve had with Virtual Instruments and Tranxition.

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