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!


Ethernet Storage vs Fibre Channel Storage

If you’ve followed me at all via my blog, trade shows, or industry whitepapers then you know I work for the storage company with the big blue “N” for a logo. You probably also know how much enjoy working at the the big blue “N”. That being said, I’m about to step away from the party line. And I’ll give you a hint – this article is heavily slanted towards Ethernet.

People ask us all the time, which protocol is best for virtualization? The official answer is “The one(s) that you feel comfortable with, Mr. Customer.” It’s really not a cop out, as we’re actually comfortable with all of them. The truth is that the protocol is not the solution, it’s only the conduit to the goodness that is contained within the storage with the big blue “N”. Here’s where I break from the party.

I don’t like Fibre Channel.

Continue reading “Ethernet Storage vs Fibre Channel Storage”

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”