Category Archives: equallogic

Mixed EqualLogic and MD3200i design for vSphere storage

Over the years, I have come across several SMB customers running vSphere on iSCSI.  While a majority of them opt for EqualLogic storage, some have existing MD3000i/MD3200i SANs that have been the workhorse Dell storage solution for years.  One question … Continue reading

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Recover a VM from the vm–flat.vmdk file

Last week I was onsite with a new customer, spending some time familiarizing myself with their existing infrastructure.  They are running vSphere 4.1 on Dell servers and EqualLogic storage.  While the hardware layout was solid and installed well, it quickly … Continue reading

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Hybrids are Bleeping Magic

I can’t state it enough.  When you are designing a virtual desktop environment, you need to correctly size the back end storage correctly.  I have been involved with several VDI deployments, VMware View in particular, and storage performance can make … Continue reading

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EqualLogic MEM and vStorage APIs

One of the major features that came out of the vSphere release 16 months ago was the rebuild of the IP stack and iSCSI initiators. With this change was the introduction of the concept of multiple vmkernel ports on the … Continue reading

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Lights Out

A customer recently asked me about power outages, and what she could do to prepare her virtual infrastructure for fluctuations in the power grid.  It is an interesting topic, as not everyone can afford generated power for the datacenter.  Most … Continue reading

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Changing up things for lunch

Many of you out there in the IT world have been invited to, and have attended a vendor-sponsored ‘lunch and learn’.  These typically take place at a high end steakhouse, such as Ruth Chris, Abe & Louie’s, Capital Grille, or … Continue reading

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