VSC for RHEV beta is live!

Hi folks,

I’m very happy to announce that the beta for the Virtual Storage Console for RHEV is officially available for 1 month, starting about an hour ago. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this as this integration has been a long time coming.

So, how do you get in on the beta program? Go to https://communities.netapp.com/groups/vsc4rhev, and either login or register (free) and then login.. (The register button is in the upper right hand corner.) Once logged in, click the button to request being added to the group. Once you are approved, you will see 2 PDF’s and 2 RPM’s. I strongly suggest grabbing all four. Peruse the Release Notes, then move to the Installation & Administration Guide to see how to deploy the 2 RPM’s and get going…

In the mean time, a HUGE shout out to Chris Morrissey, Dustin Schoenbrun, Ricky Hopper, Chris Suich, Rashid Nadaf, Praveena Palaniswamy, Troy Mangum, Patrick Strick, Greg Blaha of NetApp, and Vojtech Szocs, James Rankin, Andy Cathrow, and Ayal Baron of Red Hat. This was a fairly serious endeavor that took the time and efforts of many people in order to pull this together.

Can’t wait for the GA in November!!!!

Captain KVM

Virtual Storage Console for RHEV

If you saw me run this demo live at Red Hat Summit this week, I sincerely appreciate you coming to my session.  For those that were unable to make it to Red Hat Summit, you did in fact miss a great event.

The Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for RHEV is something that I’ve been pushing for some time now and we’ve (NetApp) made significant progress. It’s the kind of integration that really does make things easier for Virtualization Admins and even takes a little load off of a Storage Admin. So what exactly is it? Continue reading “Virtual Storage Console for RHEV”

Update to Red Hat Summit session

Hi all,

I have some updates on my Red Hat Summit session that I’d like to share. This will be my 3rd year in a row that I’ve presented, and I’m bringing friends from both NetApp and Red Hat to discuss “Scaling Out Tier-1 Applications with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization & Clustered ONTAP”.

So what exactly does that mean? Continue reading “Update to Red Hat Summit session”

oVirt 3.1 is Live and Kicking!

Yesterday, oVirt 3.1 was released and touts a number of new features and capabilities. When you’re done reading this quick article you can read about the rest here. There really is a bunch of great stuff. BUT, what I would like to focus on today is the “all-in-one” installation. The all-in-one, or single machine installation, allows for all of the tools and capabilities to be deployed on a single host.

Two words: rapid testing Continue reading “oVirt 3.1 is Live and Kicking!”

Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp

In the previous posts I showed how valuable the ability to offload cloning from the KVM hypervisor to the backend storage could be. Specifically, I was using NetApp FlexClone to create new VM’s for use on a RHEL 6 (KVM) hypervisor. The VM creation time was literally cut from minutes to seconds.

So, what about RHEV?

Continue reading “Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp”

Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage, pt2

Several months ago, I posted an article on how and why to offload cloning from KVM to the back-end storage. I’d like to take the opportunity to update this ever so slightly with a recorded demonstration. In the original posting, I was using Data ONTAP 7.3.x – this recorded demo utilizes Data ONTAP 8.1 Cluster-Mode.

So why update now with a demo? Simple. I can type all day, but sometimes watching the magic happen is much more effective than reading about it. Continue reading “Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage, pt2”

Captain KVM speaking at Red Hat Summit 2012

I’m happy to announce that I have been invited to speak at the 2012 Red Hat Summit in Boston!! Here are the details:

Deploying Oracle on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 & NetApp

Jon Benedict (Captain KVM) Senior Solutions Architect/TME, NetApp
Karthik Nagalingam Reference Architect, NetApp

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 ups the ante in enterprise-class virtualization and NetApp provides a flexible and high-performance storage platform. Combining these best-of-breed technologies makes for a compelling platform for tier-one applications.

One of the most prevalent tier-one applications is Oracle 11g. In this session, Jon Benedict and Karthik Nagalingam from NetApp will describe how to virtualize an Oracle database on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 and NetApp. They will demonstrate how to:

  • Effortlessly move a virtual instance to a physical server and back again to ease Oracle support requirements
  • Deploy Oracle in a manner that does not incur unnecessary license fees
  • Backup & Restore Oracle from the storage array

Summit Track: “In-Depth”
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Time: 4:50pm – 5:50pm

Hope to see you there!!

RHEL 6, KVM, & NetApp Storage – updated!!!

Hi folks,

I’m happy to report that my updated technical reports around RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp storage have been published. Whether you are looking for the best practices, how to deploy the best practices, or simply need something to get you to sleep (‘cuz the Ambien isn’t cutting it), these are for you!

TR-3848 RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp Storage: Best Practices

TR-4034 RHEL 6, KVM, and NetApp Storage: Deployment Guide

Thanks again for following!

CaptainKVM

Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage

A few weeks ago, I addressed the concept of using the back-end storage to clone RHEL boot LUNs as opposed to repeated Kickstarts.  The reasoning is simple enough – cloning on the backend is significantly faster that creating from scratch.  Work smarter, not harder.. Right?

So what happens when we apply the same logic to individual virtual machines? In a word?

“Magic”. Continue reading “Offload VM Cloning from KVM to the Back-end Storage”