NSX News You can Use by Roger Fortier – 04/03/2017

Choosing a Backup Solution Platform

data-backupChoosing a Backup Solution Platform

Every Virtualization and System Administrator deals with having the ability to recover servers, files, etc. and having a Backup Solution to help with recovery will ease the burden. But how do you know which one is right for you? How would you go about choosing the right solution that will help you in your daily tasks?

Software Criteria

When choosing a backup solution there are many things to consider based on your physical/virtual environment. What hypervisor are you running, what storage is being used, etc.? The best way to choose the right solution for the job is through evaluation and the more you evaluate the easier it will be to pick the right one for you. During an evaluation process you should consider things such as:

  • Compatibility with your chosen Hypervisor
  • Ease of installation and setup
  • Program ease of use and navigation
  • Backup scheduling
  • Reporting – is the reporting sufficient enough
  • Popular within the industry
  • Support for Physical and Virtual servers
  • And so on…and so on….

There are many criteria you can use in the evaluation stage and the above examples are but just a few. Composing a list prior to starting to look at software would be the recommended approach, this way you are looking at software that will fit most of your criteria prior to the evaluation/PoC stage.

Comparison

When you have completed your criteria list and selected vendors for evaluation ensure to install all of them. Installing all of the products allows you to do a side-by-side comparison of the features you are looking for like job setup, ease of use, etc. Being able to see the products and how they work side-by-side gives you the best evaluation experience.

During the comparison stage look at something like ability to conduct SAN based backup versus LAN – how does each solution compare? Can the solution connect in to your SAN fabric allowing faster backups? If you cannot use SAN backups how will it affect the overall performance of the environment? After backups complete is there a reporting structure showing success/failure, length of time, amount of data, etc.? When working with the solution is navigation for job creation/modification simple? Is it cumbersome within the product and/or frustrating creating backups?

There are many things when comparing products to be aware of and answering questions as you go through the products is a great way to evaluate them.

Conclusion

Remember that there are many backup solutions out there for evaluation and choosing the right one can be a difficult decision. Evaluating the ones that appeal most to your organization is the best way to go and using a methodology for testing them is even better. In the end you will ensure your success by choosing the right solution for the job! Evaluate…..evaluate…..evaluate

Choosing a Virtualization Management Platform

Choosing a Virtualization Management Platform

QoS_Ultilization_Scale_small-minEvery Virtualization Administrator deals with frustrations daily and having a management platform to help with daily tasks will ease the burden. But how do you know which one is right for you? How would you go about choosing the right platform that will help you in your daily tasks?

Software Criteria

When choosing a management tool there are many things to consider based on your virtual environment. What hypervisor are you running, what storage is being used, etc.? The best way to choose the right tool for the job is through evaluation and the more tools you evaluate the easier it will be to pick the right one for you. During an evaluation process you should consider things such as:

  • Compatibility with your chosen Hypervisor
  • Ease of installation and setup
  • Program ease of use and navigation
  • Details – does the program give you what you need to see
  • Reporting – is the reporting sufficient enough
  • Automation
  • And so on…and so on….

There are many criteria you can use in the evaluation stage and the above examples are but just a few. Composing a list prior to starting to look at software would be the recommended approach, this way you are looking at software that will fit most of your criteria prior to the evaluation/PoC stage.

Comparison

When you have completed your criteria list and selected vendors for evaluation ensure to install all of them. Installing all of the products allows you to do a side-by-side comparison of the features you are looking for like navigation, reporting, etc.

Being able to see the products and how they work side-by-side gives you the best evaluation experience.
During the comparison stage look at something like a VM that uses too much RAM:

  • How does each tool recommend fixing the issue?
  • Can the fix be automated or is it a manual fix?
  • If you make the change to the VM how will it affect the overall performance of the VM or virtual environment? Are there reports that can be run to determine all VM recommendations and can you schedule them?
  • When viewing the issue in the product – how many clicks until you see the recommendation for a solution?
  • Is it cumbersome to get to the recommendation within the product and/or frustrating finding the answer?

There are many things when comparing products to be aware of and answering questions as you go through the products is a great way to evaluate them.

Conclusion

Remember that there are many products out there for evaluation and choosing the right one can be a difficult decision. Evaluating the ones that appeal most to your organization is the best way to go and using a methodology for testing them is even better.

In the end you will ensure your success by choosing the right platform for the job! Evaluate…..evaluate…..evaluate

opvizor – Leading VMware healthcheck solution

opvizor allows you to proactively diagnose and fix critical errors in your virtual environment.  Their rule base contains over 730+ known problems and misconfiguration issues and directs you on how to address the issue via PowerCLI, videos, VMware best practice documentation and more.

You can complete a free health check in 6 minutes.  There are many advantages to using opvizor –

Advantages of opvizor
• Presents valuable findings, without training in less than 30 minutes
• Analyzes the VMware vSphere infrastructure against more than 730 scenarios
• Offers detailed and validated solutions for each detected error
• Analyzes performance shortcuts, configuration errors and security leaks
• Points out Vendor and Community Best Practices for the environment
• Offers several reports to effectively use resources and document detected and resolved issues

Enterprise Edition highlights
• Change Management report as well as assignment of the VM configuration changes according to the corresponding configuration problems
• Application Optimizer, helps to optimize virtual machines for the usage of applications like Oracle data bases or a file server and to get the maximum performance out of VMware
• Reports on discovered errors within the VMware infrastructure, which lead to downtimes and performance loss

Free Edition – besides few functionality restrictions some analyses restrictions apply
• Limited to 1 VM ware Cluster
• Analyses every 48 hours
• Maximum of 10 Reports per month

Visit http://www.opvizor.com/ now to check your virtual infrastructure health.

(Data from opvizor website)

VCP-IaaS vs. VCP-Cloud: Cloud Exam Faceoff

Great article for those undecided on VCP-Cloud versus VCP-DCV + VCP-IaaS.

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Today VMware released the VCP-Cloud exam, which is in turn gives you the right to call yourself VCP-Cloud certified.

But there are two paths to the certification:

  1. If you have VCP-DV, you can take the VCP-IaaS exam and then be VCP-Cloud certified.
  2. If you complete one of the prerequisete courses you can take the VCP-Cloud exam and then be VCP-Cloud Certified.
    • The prerequisetes courses are vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage or VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware vCloud (v 1.5).

As you can see we have a VCP-Cloud and a VCP-IaaS exam to acquire VCP-Cloud certification.

Comparison:

If we compare the two exams they are similar on some levels, but the amount of sections on each of them to process is HUGELY different. Lets the comparing begin.

Lets start with amount of questions and time you have to complete them:

  • VCP-IaaS: 85 Question and 90 minutes (plus non-english minutes for those applicable)
  • VCP-Cloud: 240 questions and 225 minutes ( note: the…

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