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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:
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:
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:
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 ofthe new features in Horizon View 5.2:
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.
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.
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:
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
Upgrading Sites from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013
Migrating lists from SharePoint 2007 to 2013
Migrating lists from SharePoint 2010 to 2013
Migrating documents from SharePoint 2007 to 2013
Migrating documents from SharePoint 2010 to 2013
Upgrading site collections from SharePoint 2007 to 2013
Upgrading site collections from SharePoint 2010 to 2013
Metadata mapping for SharePoint 2007 to 2013 migrations
Metadata mapping for SharePoint 2010 to 2013 migrations
Migrating Windows file shares to SharePoint 2013
Promoting SharePoint 2007 sites to SharePoint 2013 site collections
We hope you will find them beneficial!
We look forward to further engaging with you to better understand your concerns and to help you achieve your goals.
by Dianne Roman, Enterprise Customer Loyalty
In February 2012, Enterprise Customer Loyalty posted a blog titled “Firmware Upgrade and Software Quality: Minimizing Network Downtime” highlighting the importance of proactive knowledge sharing and new product testing and validation to improve our customers’ networking experience. Shortly thereafter, the Enterprise Solutions Networking team rolled out a plan to drive and track 18 key End-to-End (E2E) ‘customer experience’ initiatives to improve easy access to critical information and resources around our PowerConnect products. Specifically,
Between July and November 2012, 15 of 18 initiatives have been implemented.
Key wins include:
Also, industry data (Source: HBR July 2010) indicate customers are twice as likely to be promoters when their effort to resolve a technical support issue is low therefore continued emphasis on educating our customers and providing them with tools to become self-sufficient in troubleshooting issues is vital to improving overall perception of our Network product quality. We will continue to accelerate our pace to deliver reference architecture, configuration guides, and training videos that align with our customers’ IT needs and expectations.
If you have any suggestions on how we can improve your networking or PowerConnect experience, let us know or post your idea on Ideastorm.com.
Congratulations to the Dell ANZ team members, who delivered great customer experiences and were duly recognized for their efforts. Dell won VMware's Award for Renewals in APJ. The award was given at VMware PEX 2013. Accepting on behalf of the Dell ANZ team was Bharath Vasudevan, Dell Director of Dev and Strategy Global Alliances.
Authored by Bruce Wagner, Solutions Performance Analysis
Did you know that the 2U, four-socket PowerEdge R820 server delivers superior power efficiency over its direct competitor, the IBM System x3750 M4?
The Dell Solutions Performance Analysis team configured both systems just how many datacenter customers might order them. We used the identicalIntel Xeon processors, and similar memory, network interfaces and storage RAID controllers. The IBM eXFlash storage option was pitted against Dell’s industrystandard 2.5” SSD storage with its similar power consumption specifications and in order to highlight any advantage IBM’s proprietary storage held.
In summary, our testing showed that the PowerEdge R820 has 15% better overall power efficiency than the System x3750 M4. The x3750 M4 consumed significantly more input power at all workload levels. There was no measurable benefit from IBM’s eXFlash storage option since the SPECpower_ssj2008 server efficiency benchmark principally exercises the processor and memory subsystems.
See the full whitepaper for the detailed test configuration, methodology and findings.
Customers frequently plan for a system utilization level of 70% in order to accommodate any spikes in workload demand. At that level, the R820 drew 69 fewer watts than the System x3750 M4.
In even a small to medium-sized datacenter, that 69 watts of server power plus the associated extra cooling really adds up in energy cost. This power and cooling double benefit is one reason why Dell continually invests in power efficient server design.
Simply comparing each system’s online store advertised pricing shows the R820’s cost is 18% less than the x3750 M4. Combining that with its higher power efficiency, the Dell PowerEdge R820 is a 22% lower total cost of ownership solution compared to the IBM System x3750 M4.
Required SPEC disclosure information: R820 scores: (2,853,822 ssj_ops and 568 W) @ 100% target load and 4617 overall ssj_ops/watt vs. x3750 M4: (2,906,948 ssj_ops and 604W) @ 100% and 4009 overall ssj_ops/watt. Comparison based on results by Dell Labs Feb 2013. SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECpower_ssj® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information about SPECpower, see www.spec.org/power_ssj2008/.
New Features and Updates for the Dell PowerVault DL4000, Powered by AppAssure.
The Dell DL4000 features the latest version of AppAssure. Product expert Joe Hand talks about the benefits of the software. For more information go to dell.com
Intel announced today a new distribution for Apache Hadoop Software ""built from the silicon up to deliver industry leading performance and security to better access and use big data." Dell is pleased to be a significant part of this announcement as our award winning PowerEdge R720xd server and cloud enabled PowerEdge C8000 series servers are particularly well suited for customer environments running Hadoop.
"People and machines are producing valuable information that could enrich our lives in so many ways, from pinpoint accuracy in predicting severe weather to developing customized treatments for terminal diseases," said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Datacenter Software Division. "Intel is committed to contributing its enhancements made to use all of the computing horsepower available to the open source community to provide the industry with a better foundation from which it can push the limits of innovation and realize the transformational opportunity of big data."
Direct2Dell Announcement from Joseph George
Intel Press Release
It is my pleasure to announce the release of the Dell vWorkspace Connector for iOS version 2.0. size: 10pt;">The Connector for iOS allows users to access a Windows or Linux virtual desktop from their iOS device using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol; extending the productivity potential of your people. We have upgraded our platform support and improved performance features to this version of the Connector for iOS. See below for a complete list of what has been added.
The vWorkspace Connector for iOS can be obtained from Apple's AppStore here, and installation is a breeze. From the AppStore search for "vWorkspace", click install/update on the vWorkspace object, and enter your credentials, if required.
The Connector's documentation includes the following and can be found at http://support.quest.com/.
Lastly, to discover the resolved issues in this release please see the release notes.