Yesterday I posted the What is NetApp StorageGRID post and normally in true Simon Sinek fashion I would or maybe should have started with the Why… but 24 hours later here you go with the why. As Duncan Moore would say this is the best kept secret at NetApp. It is as described before their Object Storage offering. I first want to point out the obvious and something we hear in every vendor meeting or conference “business” breakout and that’s how about trends or about the challenge of data management. We are the same at Veeam we have a lovely slide that outlines this, andRead More →

What is NetApp StorageGRID WebScale? Well it is NetApp’s software-defined unstructured data management platform. Or from NetApp themselves “StorageGRID is a software-defined, object-based storage platform that provides intelligent policy-driven data management.” Deployment   NetApp StorageGRID can be deployed a number of ways, this is one of the biggest advantages of being software defined, the ability to be deployed as a Docker container, within VMware environments or as an engineered appliance is all possible. This also allows for a mix and match approach to where and what is deployed in each location, you can choose to deploy differently in each location.   Scale & Service  Read More →

Introduction On May 30th, 2019 a small update was released by Veeam for the product Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV 1.0. this update contains some bug fixes that will improve performance but also could improve your day to day management of the proxy appliance and your Nutanix AHV backups. The release notes can be found at the bottom of this post. Minor fixes You can see from the release notes linked below the detailed improvements that have been made but a summarised list of those are as follows: Update 2 includes: Improved backup performance and optimal operation In some cases, the proxy appliance would scheduleRead More →

Today Veeam made generally available 4 new updates for 4 of the major components of the Veeam Availability Platform. Veeam Availability Suite that consists of both Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE both have their 9.5 update 3 update that I will touch on further down in the post. The agents for both Windows and Linux also get an update release. This shortly after the GA of the Veeam Availability Console release a couple of weeks back. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 Touted as the “biggest release” in Veeam’s history, and it’s just an update release, Built-In Agent Management The much anticipatedRead More →

I kept a keen eye on AWS re:invent last week from afar, the event was held in Las Vegas and I have seen attendee totals of up to 45,000 that’s and incredible amount of people heading over there. Personally I am really interested in AWS, they seem to have a really exciting cadence on features and product release. I really like the fact that the mammoth amount of announcements they made most of them are available straight away. This is a new thing in our industry normally we have to wait months before we actually see the functionality. I am also really impressed with theRead More →

What’s great about the E2800? A good while ago now I put a post together about some great target storage repositories these included Cloud Integrated Storage, The Cisco C Class range which now the S3260 is a great “Appliance” one stop shop for compute and high density storage and the post regarding a SAN backup appliance. Each have their own use cases and rights and maybe if you are interested we can have a discussion on those use cases and where you would see one over the other etc. I am talking about the blog post I put together regarding the NetApp E2700 or inRead More →

I have seen many a post recently that dives into the IT professionals bag and divulges the secret travelling tech products or just the cant leave without amenities. I decided to jump on this and let you know what I carry around in my bag. The Bag I have a choice of two and this really depends where I am heading, if I am heading out for a conference I prefer a backpack, easier to march around airports and conference centres with a backpack but if I am rocking a suit or have a particular customer meeting then I would probably go for the messengerRead More →

Another year done here at vZilla and I would say a very successful one. Besides all the political melting pot either side of the Atlantic and the horrendous year for celebrity deaths. I personally have had a pretty good year. I started the year as a Systems Engineer with Veeam where I had started in the March of 2015. Kicking the year off with Cisco Live which was in Berlin and then heading over for the Annual ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) NetApp A Team symposium over in Sunnyvale. That’s when things started to change I have detailed the start and finish of that transitionRead More →

Introduction My initial use case for the NETGEAR 312 was for simple home usage, I wanted a NAS to store my documents, photo libraries and some other media. But given my profession I could also see a use case where I could leverage the iSCSI / NFS protocols to present storage to my virtual environment for both a production storage layer but also leverage as target backup storage. Throughout my review I will be touching on the SMB protocol for my documents & media and I will also be touching on the NFS and iSCSI for use in a VMware environment. Setup & Usage ImpressionsRead More →

Hello All, I have been blogging now since April 2013. I knew this was something that was going to help me and hopefully others, in the beginning I wasn’t sure how creative I could be, but over time I found my subjects and idea became a lot easier to discuss over a post. It is with that I have found myself in the Top vBlog 2016, it’s a great honour to be mentioned in this list amongst a lot of the veteran bloggers that I once read as part of my SysAdmin role picking up neat little short cut’s that they had found and sharedRead More →