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ClearSky Data launches service for VMware Cloud on AWS

ClearSky Data launched a new service that will enable VMware Cloud on AWS customers to protect their data in inexpensive object storage.

The new ClearSky Data service gives VMware Cloud on AWS customers the chance to keep their existing backup applications and use Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) as the back-end storage repository. The startup’s software can transform the block- and file-based data from the certified backup applications to an object format to enable data protection and archiving in Amazon S3, according to Laz Vekiarides, CTO and co-founder of ClearSky Data.

VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS users can choose certified backup options from vendors such as Commvault, Dell EMC, Druva and Veeam. But those vendors typically offer repositories in Amazon’s Elastic Block Store (EBS). Commvault is the only certified VMC option to back up natively to Amazon’s more economical object-based S3, according to Bryan Young, a group product manager of vSphere external storage at VMware.

“Customers are generally wed to their particular backup vendor. And they do not like to change because they want a common backup application across the enterprise,” Young said. “But they also want the lowest cost storage for their long-term backups.”

Extends on-premises virtual server environments

The VMware Cloud on AWS on-demand service lets customers extend their on-premises server virtualization environments to Amazon’s cloud. The service is based on VMware Cloud Foundation, which integrates vSphere server virtualization, vSAN software-defined storage, NSX software-defined networking and security, and vCenter management software.

VMware Cloud customers create a virtual private cloud (VPC) to run their application workloads on vSphere VMs in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) bare-metal infrastructure. VMware’s vSAN creates the local storage on SSDs in the host server cluster to keep the data.

“Part of the issue with the cloud inside of Amazon EC2 is that at any given point in time, if you decide to shut any of these [servers] down, all the data that’s inside of them gets lost,” Vekiarides said. “So, obviously, you need a place to keep all of your data when you’re not using your VMware cluster.”

ClearSky Data service for VMware Cloud on AWS
ClearSky Data service for VMware Cloud on AWS architectural diagram.

A third-party backup proxy runs in a VMware Cloud on AWS software-defined data center and copies data using the vSphere Storage APIs for data protection (VADP). The backup proxy copies data to an EC2-based backup repository that typically uses Amazon’s EBS.

Cache 64 TB per backup volume

ClearSky’s Cloud Edge appliance can connect to the backup application and cache up to 64 TB of data per VM guest-attached volume to enable fast access to frequently accessed data. Vekiarides said ClearSky can have many such volumes online, up to 4 PB total. On the back end, the Cloud Edge appliance connects to the ClearSky Data Network’s Amazon S3 storage via AWS Direct Connect to protect and archive all the data.

ClearSky supports a recovery point objective of less than 10 minutes for point-in-time snapshots and a recovery time objective of less than a minute once the customer’s applications are running.

In addition to the cloud-based deployment option, customers could run VMware virtual servers, third-party backup applications and ClearSky Edge Cache appliances on premises. The Edge Cache appliance’s software would deduplicate and compress the data and convert it to object format for archiving in ClearSky Network’s Amazon S3. The data from the on-premises Edge Cache and off-site Cloud Edge appliances would be stored in a common Amazon S3 repository.

ClearSky Data used the VMware Cloud on AWS service to build out a server cluster to test its new service. Vekiarides said ClearSky engineers made minor changes to the deployment software to ensure it works and meets performance targets in the AWS cloud environment.

Pricing for the ClearSky Data service ranges from 6 cents to 20 cents per GB, per month depending on the use case, quality of service and data capacity.

ClearSky Data does not charge fees for replication and customers do not incur AWS egress charges to restore their data, according to Vekiarides. He said egress charges generally do not apply because nearly all of the data is cached either inside AWS’ cloud or somewhere in ClearSky’s network.

Hyper-V Quick Tip: How to Enable Nested Virtualization

Q: How Do I Enable Nested Virtualization for Hyper-V Virtual Machines

A: Pass $true for Set-VMProcessor’s “ExposeVirtualizationExtensions” parameter

In its absolute simplest form:

Set-VMProcessor has several other parameters which you can view in its online help.

As shown above, the first parameter is positional, meaning that it guesses that I supplied a virtual machine’s name because it’s in the first slot and I didn’t tell it otherwise. For interactive work, that’s fine. In scripting, try to always fully-qualify every parameter so that you and other maintainers don’t need to guess:

The Set-VMProcessor cmdlet also accepts pipeline input. Therefore, you can do things like:

Requirements for Nested Virtualization

In order for nested virtualization to work, you must meet all of the following:

  • The Hyper-V host must be at least the Anniversary Edition version of Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V Server 2016, or Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel
  • The Hyper-V host must be using Intel CPUs. AMD is not yet supported
  • A virtual machine must be off to have its processor extensions changed

No configuration changes are necessary for the host.

Microsoft only guarantees that you can run Hyper-V nested within Hyper-V. Other hypervisors may work, but you will not receive support either way. You may have mixed results trying to run different versions of Hyper-V. I am unaware of any support statement on this, but I’ve had problems running mismatched levels of major versions.

Memory Changes for Nested Virtual Machines

Be aware that a virtual machine with virtualization extensions exposed will always use its configured value for Startup memory. You cannot use Dynamic Memory, nor can you change the virtual machine’s fixed memory while it is running.

Remember, as always, I’m here to help, so send me any questions you have on this topic using the question form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

More Hyper-V Quick Tips from Eric:

Hyper-V Quick Tip: How to Choose a Live Migration Performance Solution

Hyper-V Quick Tip: How Many Cluster Networks Should I Use?

4 steps to engage employees with new live events in Microsoft 365 – Microsoft 365 Blog

Earlier this month, we announced new intelligent event capabilities in Microsoft 365 that enable anyone to create live and on-demand events for teams and across the organization. Today, we invite you to use the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365 and discover new ways to foster connection and engagement between leaders and employees at every level in your organization.

More than ever before, employees in the modern workplace seek work environments that unlock creativity, make their lives more productive and fulfilling, and foster a sense of connection with their organization’s mission and purpose.

A critical first step for your organization to thrive in this new culture of work is to drive alignment of your people around shared purpose and goals. Leaders realize that organizations who do this well have an advantage in attracting and retaining an engaged workforce.

Here are four ways your organization can enable leaders and employees to connect with new live events in Microsoft 365:

1—Use live events to kickstart interactive discussions across your organization

Today, executives at Microsoft—including CEO Satya Nadella—use Microsoft 365 to connect and communicate with employees around the globe. Now, any company or organization with Microsoft 365 can create these moments of high engagement, where people are focused on leaders and their messages and ask questions to clarify or reinforce conversations in the community.

Using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer, you can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides. Attendees receive notifications and can participate in real-time, with high-definition video and interactive discussion using web, mobile, or desktop.

Following an event, it’s easy to make the recording available on an event page, allowing you to watch the event on your own schedule and catch up quickly with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording. The recording is automatically transcribed and detects changes in speakers—making it simple to search for content later.

For employees who are in different time zones or unable to attend live, the conversation keeps going, so they still feel connected to leaders and peers—helping to overcome geographical or organizational boundaries.

The event and recordings are powered by Microsoft Stream, the intelligent video service in Office 365.

Image of a laptop open to display a live event in Microsoft 365.

2—Foster sustained dialogue in open communities

Give everyone a voice—before, during, and after a live event in Microsoft 365—with Yammer communities that span functions or the entire organization. Providing a forum for employees to be heard is an important piece of transforming a culture. These communities are where people can come any time to raise ideas, concerns, or questions, and where leaders can reply in an authentic way.

An active Yammer community builds trust and a sense of connection and belonging. And it provides a forum where employees who might not feel comfortable speaking out during a live event can connect directly with leaders.

With inline message translation, live events in Microsoft 365 empowers people to express themselves in their own language.

3—Create an intranet site for leaders to share events, blogs, video, news, and resources

Communicate at scale as a leader with a continuous, online presence using content, conversation, and video channels within a SharePoint communications site. You can optimize for news distribution and blogs, and deepen engagement with related content, polls and surveys, and readership analytics.

This is also a great spot to share recorded events for later viewing. Simply create a dedicated page for each event where employees can submit questions and comments in advance. Leaders and organizers can then use this input to craft the messaging and content of the events.

4—Plan corporate communications and measure impact

Executive and internal communications may be managed by a team of one or a team of many—but it takes careful planning and execution to ensure success. Microsoft Teams—the hub for teamwork in Office 365—is ideally suited to work together in the creation and production of events and other executive communications. It provides an effective backstage for your live event, giving you a shared space to work with speakers and approve content before sharing with a broader audience.

Once you have begun engaging your audience, every message within a Yammer community has a visible count of how many people your post has reached. This helps both community organizers and employees understand what is being read. Group insights demonstrate how the knowledge and information created in the community benefit people—regardless of their membership status in the group. For example, passive visitors may gain value from group conversations and apply the information elsewhere in their daily work. You can also see the number of views for an event recording and across a channel, and how many people liked the video. Pages and news articles also have statistics to understand readership.

Empowering all leaders across an organization

Leadership, of course, does not just refer to organizational leaders. Leaders of communities may be subject matter experts, functional managers, or passionate individuals who are leading areas of expertise, practices, or interest groups. These same capabilities in Microsoft 365 can enable leaders at any level to create and sustain connection with their communities.

Patrick Yates, manager of Diversity and Inclusion at TDS Telecom, considers community connections and engagement an important part of the employee experience, and a boon to recruiting talent. “Younger generations entering the workforce especially want a modern, inclusive environment—to be part of something that’s larger than themselves.”

Connect your employees and leaders today

Experience the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365, and get started on connecting your leaders and employees today. We will be adding additional features and functionality based on your feedback in the Tech Community.

To create a live event, you will need an Office 365 E3 or E5 license and your admin must give you permission to do so. To attend a live event, you need an Office 365 license for authenticated users. Public (anonymous) access is possible in specific configurations.

For more information on the intelligent event capabilities, visit the Microsoft 365 live events post on Tech Community.

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Vexata fires up NVMe flash storage to tackle analytics

NVMe flash storage vendor Vexata has rewired its ignition to enable faster cognition of dense analytics.

The startup last week upgraded its VX-OS operating system for capacity and performance. VX-OS 3.5 allows customers to expand a VX array nondisruptively from 180 TB to nearly half a petabyte in 6U.

Vexata is among a handful of startups with NVMe flash array storage systems designed from scratch for nonvolatile memory express flash technologies. Its cut-through architecture offloads the data path on field programmable gate arrays. Vexata arrays store metadata in DRAM, and Vexata’s internal Ethernet fabric parallelizes all data in the system for distributed shared storage. 

NVMe is viewed as a faster alternative to the SCSI protocol. Most established array vendors allow customers to replace SAS and SATA SSDs with NVMe flash drives, although the market for rack-scale flash systems is evolving.

The next phase of development is a fully developed ecosystem for the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) specification. NVMe-oF enables NVMe message commands to be transferred between a host server and storage array via Ethernet, Fibre Channel or InfiniBand. Today, PCIe-connected NVMe drives require Remote Direct Memory Access for data transfer.

“We are targeting this (product) to cognitive computing, where we increasingly are finding a number of large opportunities. Customers want to talk about AI, machine learning

and
autonomous systems. These aren’t fringe applications. Organizations are mainstreaming this stuff,” Vexata CEO Zahid Hussain said.

VX-OS 3.5 was engineered for improved latency on mixed read-write random workloads. Hussain said Vexata storage now can ingest writes at about 1.5 TB per minute, bringing it closer in line with its 3 TB to 4 TB per minute ingest rate on reads.

Most vendors design their all-flash and hybrid arrays with a dedicated clutch of SSDs to cache hot data, plus either disk or flash as back-end storage. Caching speeds performance, but it also limits the size of the working data set. 

Hussain said using up all the NVMe SSDs provides storage for denser computations and can modify data as it is being read.

“The strategy before was to add more controllers, but that would only activate a smaller number of the total available SSDs in the array. We have GPU-

ified
the whole architecture to solve that problem,” Hussain said.

VX-100 NVMe blades double up on capacity

The first iteration of Vexata’s array hardware scaled capacity to 180 TB.  VX-OS 3.5 lets existing customers scale capacity up to 64 NVMe SSDs, without re-cabling. Each array can support 16 storage blades that connect directly into the Vexata Ethernet midplane.

The upgrade expands VX-100 arrays to 435 TB in 6U. The system does not use an SSD cache for acceleration or inline data reduction for capacity. All capacity in the system is presented as raw storage.

VX-100 arrays include 16 ports for 32 Gbps Fibre Channel, NVMe over Fibre Channel or NVMe over lossless Ethernet. Each storage blade consists of four SSDs and embedded processing for local scheduling and metadata operations. Vexata supports clones, erasure coding, data protection with RAID 5 and RAID 6 and thin provisioning.

Hussain said customers will be able to get 1 PB in the 6U form factor by the end of 2018 by swapping in 8 TB

SSDs
.

“Conventional arrays still use x86 controllers and I/O paths that slow down the performance,” said Tim Stammers, a senior storage analyst at 451 Research in New York City. “The key thing Vexata is doing is to streamline the SAN architecture to get the most performance possible out of the NVMe storage.”

Vexata chief marketing officer, Ashish Gupta, said customers gain about 4 GBs of throughput when a blade is added to the array.

“We’re giving you the ability to scale performance and capacity with a single blade addition,” Gupta said. “That means you can maintain your cost structure without increasing a whole bunch of controllers, stitching them together, with the operational and computational complexities that come with that.”

The VX-OS release adds a feature for managing multiple Vexata chassis with a single pane.

About two dozen customers are using Vexata’s NVMe flash storage in production, Hussain said. They include the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, payroll processing outfit Tata Consultancy Services, and Oath Inc., the digital media subsidiary of Verizon Communications.

“They have managed to get some production deployments already,” Stammers said. “There are quite a few types of application for very fast purpose-designed NVMe storage. The market isn’t moving at a rapid pace at the moment, but there is demand [growing] for this type of extremely fast, purpose-designed NVMe storage.”

For Sale – HP Gen7 N54L microserver

HP Gen7 N54L
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120GB SSD
BIOS mod to enable 6 SATA devices (4 front bays, 2 in the top)
Packed in original box
Key for drive bay lock
All drive screws and install tool
eSATA cable

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Salesforce Interaction Studio unveiled at Connections 2018

Salesforce Interaction Studio appears to be the latest major launch in the vendor’s push to enable users to capture a more complete picture of their customers — where they choose to spend their time online, how they like vendors to market to them and which ways they prefer to communicate.

Salesforce has spent billions of dollars on acquisitions, integrations and marketing to achieve that goal. And while it’s not there yet — the targets tend to move in the rapidly changing technology landscape — Salesforce is hoping its latest integrations and new products help its customers find a more complete customer journey.

Toward that end of more smoothly guiding customers through the stages of interacting with an organization, Salesforce unveiled several new product integrations, partner integrations and new applications, including Salesforce Interaction Studio. The CRM giant made the product announcements on June 13 at its Connections 2018 conference in Chicago.

Ray Wang, a Salesforce watcher and principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research Inc., said Salesforce Interaction Studio is an effective response to the fast-increasing importance of customer experience in CRM.

“CRM is actually dead. It’s about how can you craft mass personalization at scale,” Wang said. “It’s about building that experience and journey, which has become a lot more important than CRM.”

CRM vendors such as Salesforce are moving beyond customer management and working toward improving the customer experience and journey — the process of customers interacting with a company. That progression is where Salesforce Interaction Studio comes into play.

Built out of an OEM partnership with software company Thunderhead, Salesforce Interaction Studio enables companies to analyze and manage consumer experiences. Additionally, it can recommend the next-best action for customers, depending on how they interact with that brand.

“It allows you to look at cross-channel consumer insight and see next-best action and optimize customer journey,” Wang said.

Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360

Salesforce Interaction Studio was just one of the products unveiled at Connections, a conference focusing on marketing, commerce and service.

Building off a partnership announced at Dreamforce last year, Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 are generally available for integration for Marketing Cloud customers. According to Wang, the alliance is a blow to one of Salesforce’s chief competitors, Adobe.

“The battle of analytics has been Adobe Omniture versus Google Analytics,” Wang said. “As Microsoft and Adobe have come close together, it’s natural for Salesforce and Google to become allies.”

The partnership will enable customers to merge insight from Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 into a single dashboard within Marketing Cloud, while campaign data will be available within Google Analytics 360 to provide tailored web content.

Another feature, which won’t be available in beta until July, will allow users to create an audience in Google Analytics 360, activate it outside the Google platform and allow users to continue building that audience within Marketing Cloud.

While nothing prevented Marketing Cloud customers from using Google Analytics 360 to track web analytics, the lack of a deep integration with Marketing Cloud made it difficult for users of both to tie that information back to campaigns. By combining Google Analytics 360 with Salesforce’s inward-facing Einstein Analytics, a company can see a more holistic view of a customer’s data.

It’s not personalization — we haven’t gotten to that point yet. But it allows you to think about the type of journeys you’re creating for customers.
Ray Wangprincipal analyst and founder, Constellation Research

“Einstein takes the data inside the Salesforce platform and helps users find insights, while Google Analytics 360 component is based on web analytics,” Bobby Jania, vice president of product marketing for Marketing Cloud, said in a release. “It looks at how consumers are behaving, pages they visit [and] how long they are on there for.”

Combining those analytics insights to the insights from Salesforce Interaction Studio can go a long way in helping customers track consumers’ campaigns, according to Wang.

“It’s a huge void in Marketing Cloud and most other clouds,” Wang said. “It’s about crafting the right experience and understanding where a customer is — it takes context into account.”

While personalization is the ultimate goal for Salesforce and similar companies focused on customer journeys, that pie-in-the-sky objective is still off on the horizon.

“It’s not personalization — we haven’t gotten to that point yet,” Wang said. “But it allows you to think about the type of journeys you’re creating for customers.”

B2B Commerce Cloud

Beyond Marketing Cloud and Salesforce Interaction Studio, Salesforce officially released its B2B Commerce Cloud product, formerly known as CloudCraze. Salesforce acquired the B2B e-commerce product earlier this year, having been originally built on top of Salesforce software using Force.com.

“It will make it easier to see what a user is doing on a commerce site and connect it to Marketing Cloud,” Jania said. “B2B commerce for Salesforce will make that complex order have the same UI as B2C commerce.”

The Salesforce Interaction Studio release continues Salesforce’s long-term campaign to unify sales and marketing departments within organizations.

“You have a stack at Salesforce where marketing and commerce are a lot tighter than they were before,” Wang said.

Salesforce also unveiled Integrations between Commerce Cloud and Service Cloud, allowing service reps to see customers’ buying histories during service calls, opening up the opportunities to up-sell or cross-sell other products.

Pricing information for Salesforce Interaction Studio, B2B Commerce Cloud and the Marketing Cloud-Google Analytics 360 integration wasn’t immediately available.

For Sale – HP Gen7 N54L microserver

HP Gen7 N54L
AMD Turion™ II Neo (2.2GHz)
8GB RAM
120GB SSD
BIOS mod to enable 6 SATA devices (4 front bays, 2 in the top)
Packed in original box
Key for drive bay lock
All drive screws and install tool
eSATA cable

Moved to a Gen8 hence sale.

Wil only sell to members with established feedback.

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