Strategy for Utilizing Scale Out Storage for Cloud & Virtualization Platforms

Hi folks,

I’m finishing up my week at Red Hat Summit, sitting in a coffee shop in downtown San Francisco. I spent the week in customer meetings, pulling booth duty, showing demos, and presenting a handful of sessions.. And here I am with my laptop, and my coffee, writing about my laptop and coffee.. I’ve officially become a walking (sitting?) cliché.

Anyway, as the title suggests this time, I want to cover a great strategy for taking advantage of scale-out storage for virtualization and/or cloud. It’s certainly not the only way, but it works very well. Don’t let the NetApp visuals scare you away – some of what I’m sharing will apply regardless of the scale-out platform you’re utilizing. I’ll point out the things that are likely unique to NetApp. Continue reading “Strategy for Utilizing Scale Out Storage for Cloud & Virtualization Platforms”

See you at Red Hat Summit!

Hi folks,

Once again, I’m behind in posting and once again Red Hat Summit is upon us!! The truth is that I’m behind in writing not because there isn’t anything to write about, but because there has been so much going on – including Summit! Continue reading “See you at Red Hat Summit!”

VSC for RHEV is GA Today!!!

Hi folks,

I’m incredibly happy to announce that after a very long wait and some unexpected delays, the Virtual Storage Console for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has officially achieved General Availability status as of today! Continue reading “VSC for RHEV is GA Today!!!”

Live Migration of Storage and Storage Connections for KVM & OpenStack

In this most current post, I wanted to cover 2 of the core features of NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and tie it specifically to how it really helps KVM (and OpenStack) scale. While this is meant to be a tech discussion, not a sales pitch, I can’t help but point out that this article shows you some things you can do with NetApp that you can’t do with any other storage, be it “enterprise” or “commodity”. Continue reading “Live Migration of Storage and Storage Connections for KVM & OpenStack”

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”

pNFS – This is where the rubber meets the road..

Hi folks,

In October of 2012, I wrote a blog post on using pNFS as a means of scaling out your KVM-based virtualization environment. I kept it mostly high level as I wanted it to be more academic than hands on. Today, I’d like to switch that around and make this post more hands on in order to show you how to attach your pNFS client to a pNFS server. Continue reading “pNFS – This is where the rubber meets the road..”

Mounting NetApp Clustered ONTAP NFS exports in RHEV 3.1

Hi folks,

Just thought I’d update you on something you may need to throw in your bag of tricks. This one has to do with getting a NetApp NFS export mounted and initialized properly in RHEV 3.1. I’m putting this out there as it seems to be just a little different than before and without this little tip you might get frustrated enough to put a pen through your monitor… Continue reading “Mounting NetApp Clustered ONTAP NFS exports in RHEV 3.1”