This post takes a high-level look at the FlexPod solutions NetApp offers today and provides the basic fundamentals:  what comprises a FlexPod, the unique benefits FlexPod delivers, how to identify a FlexPod opportunity, standard configurations, etc. If you’re new to FlexPod, this should get you off to a great start. FlexPod Architecture What is FlexPod? Shared infrastructure for a wide range of environments and applications. •       Validated, standardised, shared infrastructure •       Flexibility and scalability within a single rack •       Centralised management of pooled resources •       Deployment guides with step-by-step instructions •       Solution guides pre-define multiple workloads •       Multiple sizing tools Minimum requirements for a “FlexPod”Read More →

This post will provide a high level overview of the capabilities that Veeam can offer with the NetApp portfolio, providing Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, from utilising storage snapshots to create application consistent backups to fast SAN/NAS based repositories. Orchestration Veeam’s Integration allows Veeam Backup & Replication to sit on top of the FAS storage systems and control application consistent Snapshots for local fast Recovery Point Objectives. Veeam also enables the ability to orchestrate and schedule those application aware snapshots to be sent to a secondary NetApp FAS array. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots This feature allows Veeam the ability to see within existing historicalRead More →

I sent an email out this morning to the team containing some NetApp & VMware updates, although I don’t write too much on my own site I do try and update the team with as much interesting stuff that is happening out in our little world as possible. This may be things I have picked up during the course of the week over twitter, other blog sites or fellow advocate program emails. Which tend to actually promote me into sending the info out? NetApp Some news on ADP which was released with 8.3 and very much focused around the SMB market namely the FAS25** seriesRead More →

Yesterday i took the plunge and took the VCP550-DCV exam, this was the recertification exam to my already acquired VCP5-DCV with the newly added expiry date this was going to expire come March 2015. But what prompted me to take the exam this week was the offer of being able to take the exam online and not having to go into a testing centre. Yes you heard correct a VMware open book exam…. So of course i thought i will have a go at that one. The Delta exam consists of 65 questions with a scoring scale of 100-500, 300 is the pass mark. YouRead More →