NetApp Joins the OVA

Hi folks,

I’m proud to announce that NetApp has formally joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) as a governing member, joining the founding member companies HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat. You’ll have to excuse me while I temporarily put down my “Captain KVM hat” and put on my “NetApp hat”.

I can already hear you ask, “what is the OVA, and why should I care?” (I won’t make you wait for the answer.) Continue reading “NetApp Joins the OVA”

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”

Providing High Availability for RHEV-M

Hi folks, in today’s post I’d like to cover something fairly elementary – providing HA for the RHEV-M application. To be honest, I can’t believe I haven’t written a post on it sooner. If you have power users, VDI users, and/or other services (via API/SDK) that depend on RHEV-M, it’s definitely critical. Besides, providing HA for RHEV-M is just downright convenient, even if it’s just virtualization administrators that need access. Continue reading “Providing High Availability for RHEV-M”

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”

Recap of the January 2013 oVirt Workshop

The first oVirt Workshop of 2013 was held this past week at NetApp headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. It was a great event and couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout as these workshops are critical to growing the oVirt community of developers and users. Before I get into why it was a success and some of my favorite highlights, I’d like to provide a little background as to what oVirt is as well as why it is important to NetApp. Continue reading “Recap of the January 2013 oVirt Workshop”

oVirt Workshop – January 2013 at NetApp HQ

Hi folks,

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about oVirt and how to get involved, here’s your chance! NetApp is hosting the next oVirt Workshop at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. This is a great opportunity to meet many of the movers and shakers in oVirt.

Additionally, if you’re already doing something in oVirt, the Call for Papers is open. We’d love to hear what you’re working on.

For the full details, including the CFP, agenda, travel info, and registration, please go to the oVirt site – oVirt Workshop.

Captain KVM

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