Storage Field Day 3 is just one week away! #SFD3

Storage Field Day is an Gestalt IT event that brings together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. These independent thought leaders so called delegates are selected by the Field Day Delegate community. I'm so delighted to have been invited to attend another Storage Field Day Storage Field Day 3 Details The next event I’m attending is Storage Field Day 3  (April 24 thru 26 April). You can Join … [Read more...]

My take on Tintri, VM-Aware Storage

As a new Tintri Partner and Tintri Certified System Engineer number #101, I decided to take a closer look at Tintri Storage. Tintri granted me access to their partner lightning lab and I got some hours to spend on this amazing piece of storage hardware to play around and see first hand what it was all about. Being one of the first companies with VM-aware storage, Tintri is ahead of the game by far. VMware is also pushing the adoption of VM-aware storage with their upcoming virtual volumes API … [Read more...]

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Building my Nexenta VM using (NFS) best practices

I am currently using Nexentastor for my home lab. In my previous post I’ve explained how I build my low power 64Gb home lab. I’ve installed Nexentastor Community Edition on my virtual machine with the following specs: 2vCPU 8GB RAM 16Gb system disk on local SSD use VMXNET3 network adapter for better performance. I attached 7 disks as RDM (4 SATA + 3 SSD) If you got VT-d capable CPU you might want to attach your SATA controller directly to your Nexenta VM. Download the Nexentastor … [Read more...]

How to build a 64Gb Low Power and Fast ESXi Home Lab

Recently I decided it was time to move my current  home lab environment to some green low power hardware. After some research I’ve  stumbled upon a nice low power and small unit the Intel NUC. Not only is this system good enough for my new ESXi home lab; 16gb RAM, 2x Intel I3 Cores, 1x 1GB LAN. The Intel NUC is also very power friendly. It currently uses only 15W with 5 VM’s running on it (including this blog) The total system with 1NIC and 16GB ram comes down to 380 euro! I’ve compiled … [Read more...]

Tintri and VMware Horizon View Whiteboard

This video looks at a new VMware Horizon View 5.2 reference architecture with Tintri. This solution allows customers to go from power-on to first VMs in less than 30 minutes. Tintrí's flash-first hybrid architecture ensures that dedicated and floating pools of users have great performance and that IT can scale out VDI storage easily and cost-effectively. Together with VMware View. Tintri provides customers with a cost-effective and high-performance virtual desktop solution. … [Read more...]