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Desktop Authority Desktop Authority 25
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Hotfixes vWorkspace 66
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KACE Blog KACE 143
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Statistica Statistica 24
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Latest Blog Posts
  • Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management

    Top 10 Ways that Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition can Help you (yes, you!)

    Are you looking for ways to maximize the resources of your physical servers? You could already have the right tool for the job - Foglight for Virtualization, Free edition can help you push your server utilization higher than ever before while still trying not to over-saturate your resources and cause application performance degradation. Here are the top 10 ways Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition can help:

          1. Easily manage snapshots
          2. Quickly identify memory limits
          3. Track infrastructure changes and assess the risk they pose
          4. Pinpoint wasted or constrained resources to perform virtual machine sizing
          5. Effortlessly measure virtual machine density
          6. Get insight into virtual infrastructure waste and how much you could save by addressing the problems
          7. Know how many VM's, hosts, resource pools, datacenters, vApps, templates, and snapshots you have and the status of each
          8. Visualize storage latency
          9. Determine how many more virtual machines can be added utilizing your current resources
          10. Prevent over-allocation of physical resources

    Read more about these tips in the Top 10 ways that Free Edition can help you maximize the resources of your physical servers and get the most out of your virtual environment white paper:

  • Dell TechCenter

    Transform Your Windows Desktops with a Flexible, Converged Active System Solution from Dell and VMware

    This blog was written by John Kelly, Solutions Architecture Consultant for Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions.

    By now most of you reading this blog will be familiar with a number of trends that are becoming very prevalent in the enterprise IT space at the moment. In the data center, there’s a move towards automated infrastructure deployment,
    end-to-end automation and converged networking; meanwhile in the end-user domain, we’ve seen the proliferation of BYOD, with users looking for access to their workspaces at any location and at any time. Desktop virtualization is the key technology that allows organizations to gain synergies these 2 technology trends and Dell and VMware have just released a reference architecture that is a real game changer in this space … so read on for some more information.

    Dell’s Active System 800v solution has been around for a few months now and it’s a pretty neat solution. A couple of highlights of the Active System 800v include:

    • Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator (with full IEEE Data Center Bridging compliance for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and enhanced iSCSI).
    • Active System Manager, providing functionality such as automated infrastructure deployment and end-to-end automation.
    • Solution is available to be racked, cabled, and delivered to your site to speed deployment.

    Not surprisingly, the compelling advantages offered by the above functionality (as well as numerous other features described here) have resulted in Dell creating reference architectures (RAs) for many use cases, including Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010; however one of the most interesting reference architectures for Active System 800v is the VMware View 5.1 RA that was published in late 2012 for the VMware View 5.1 release (extra marks if you recall that the View 5.1 release included some really valuable functionality such as View Storage Accelerator and integration with vCenter Operations (vCOps) Manager for View).

    So that’s where the new RA comes in – hot on the heels of the recent announcement on the release of VMware Horizon View 5.2 (yes, VMware has now changed the name slightly to signal the inclusion of View in the Horizon suite, where it is joined by Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace). The engineering team at Dell has just published an update RA for VMware Horizon View 5.2 on Active System 800v. To fully appreciate the significance of this RA, it is useful to describe some of
    the new features in Horizon View 5.2:

    • Innovative Mobile Desktop Experience
    • Improved Large-Scale Management
    • Improved Storage Capacity Efficiency and Utilization
    • Windows 8 Support
    • Hardware-Accelerated 3-D Graphics
    • VMware Horizon Suite Integration
    • VMware Horizon Workspace Integration
    • Enhanced Media Services for Unified Communications

    A quick analysis of the above list of features immediately shows that it’s quite an impressive feature-set, delivering some really important benefits from an end-user, IT and corporate perspective. End-users will love Windows 8 support and access to hardware-accelerated graphics; IT managers will be impressed with the improved large-scale management and everybody in the enterprise (yes, particularly the accountants) will be grateful for the improved storage capacity efficiency and utilization and for the enhanced unified communications support.

    So the deal is sealed, it’s been decided that we can wait no longer – Horizon View 5.2 means that my organization needs to move to virtual desktops. But wait … desktop virtualization – isn’t that difficult and expensive to deploy? Can we really afford to scale those hurdles? At Dell, our message has always been that this is not the case (and you may visit our Desktop Virtualization Solutions page to see why not). Now with our DVS Enterprise Active Systems 800 for Horizon View reference architecture, we’ve taken another step to simplifying your journey to the benefits that can be derived from desktop virtualization by delivering a converged infrastructure solution that has been designed and validated by Dell™ Engineering for desktop virtualization. It is available to be racked, cabled, and delivered to your site to speed deployment. Dell Services will deploy and configure the solution tailored for business needs, so that the solution is ready to be integrated into your datacenter.

    The DVS Enterprise Active Systems 800 for Horizon View reference architecture is available here, read it and take the first step to a technically robust, easily implemented solution that will deliver an excellent end-user experience to your users and a secure and easily-managed solution for your IT department.


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  • Dell TechCenter

    Getting the Right Mix for Hadoop

    This blog was written by Armando Acosta

    While Hadoop is designed to run on industry standard hardware, specific applications still require different CPU-to-memory-to-disk ratios to maximize application performance, and economy.

    So how can you get the right mix?

     The PowerEdge C8000 series allows the mixing and matching of compute, storage, and coprocessor/GPU sleds in one 4U shared infrastructure chassis. It holds up to eight single-wide compute PowerEdge C8220 server sleds, up to four double-wide PowerEdge C8220X compute/GPU sleds or PowerEdge C8000XD storage sleds; or a combination of those sleds, plus two power sleds.

    This design allows the right balance of CPU-to-memory-to-disk ratio and large-scale storage nodes requiring 24 or more hard drives to run big data applications faster. The flexible PowerEdge C8000 can run Master, Slave, and Edge Hadoop nodes and multiple workloads from the same chassis or across racks, allowing for better use of IT resources and more efficient use of space while increasing Hadoop POD compute/storage density and performance.

    The following diagram from Cloudera shows how servers can be optimally configured according to workload:

    For a storage-optimized configuration, connect a PowerEdge C8220 compute sled or the C8220X compute/GPU sled with an LSI® 9202 HBA, then connect it to one or more C8000XD storage sleds. Choose drive size, type, hot-plug/non-hot-plug capabilities and connections to reach up to 36TB per sled, with up to four sleds per chassis for 144TB. The PowerEdge C8000XD storage sled is available with up to 12 x 2.5” or 3.5” SAS/SATA or 24 x 2.5” SSD hot-plug drives. Up to four storage sleds can be cascaded via mini SAS ports to deliver up to 144TB of storage capacity.

    When workload needs change, simply re-mix the compute, storage, and coprocessor/GPU sleds inside one flexible building block - the C8000 chassis. The result: performance and economy delivered via data center efficiency per square foot, performance per watt, and power utilization per rack.

    Give your big data applications what they’re hungry for! Reference architectures, configuration and deployment guides are available for the Dell | Cloudera Solution.

  • SharePoint for All

    Migrating to #SharePoint 2013 and #Office365 with Migration Suite for SharePoint from @DellSoftware

    The SharePoint Systems Consultants group at Dell Software has been busy in the last couple of weeks preparing the Dell Software group SharePoint labs with the next generation of SharePoint.

    As you may know, Dell Software’s Migration Suite for SharePoint supports direct upgrades from SharePoint 2003, 2007, & 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

    Most of our customers use our solution as it overcomes some of the native upgrade challenges.

    Here are some examples of the benefits of using Dell Software Migration Suite:

    • Direct upgrades from SharePoint 2003 or 2007 to 2013 without staging servers
    • Gradual upgrades of site collections, sites, lists/libraries, or even items/documents
    • Content filtering so you only upgrade what is relevant and what you want to upgrade
    • Site re-templating to overcome some of the dropped SharePoint 2010 site templates
    • Delegation of upgrades to end users – no admin account required. (BTW, this is only an option)
    • Scheduling bulk, or scripted upgrades to better suit your migration plan and strategy
    • And last but definitely not least, metadata mapping and remapping of regular metadata, content types (nested or not), and managed metadata.

    In an effort to showcase how the Dell Migration Suite for SharePoint can address some of the above value adds to native upgrades and also to showcase the support for SharePoint 2013, we just published a series of short videos that walk through various upgrade scenarios from SharePoint 2007 & 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

    Upgrading Sites from SharePoint 2007 Directly to SharePoint 2013