in behalf of Altaro, I would like to a free Webinar with three top of the edge speaker around Microsoft Software Defined Datacenter.
The transition to adopting cloud services is unique for every organization. What does yours look like?
Join Microsoft MVPs Andy Syrewicze (Technical Evangelist – Altaro), Didier Van Hoye (Infrastructure Architect – FGIA), and Thomas Maurer (Cloud Architect – itnetX) for a crash course on the possibilities of cloud technologies coming out of Microsoft including:
- Windows Server 2019 and the Software-Defined Datacenter
- New Management Experiences for Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
- Hosting an Enterprise Grade Cloud in your datacenter with Azure Stack
- Taking your first steps into the public cloud with Azure IaaS
After watching the experts discuss the details, you’ll see that the cloud doesn’t have to be an all or nothing discussion. This webinar will prepare you for your journey by revealing the available options and how to make the most out of them!
Wednesday June 13th 2018 –
Presented live twice on the day – Registration
- Session 1: 2pm CEST – 5am PDT – 8am EDT
- Session 2: 6pm CEST – 9am PDT – 12pm EDT
yesterday Microsoft announced the public preview of it’s new StorSimple Virtual Array. For me a great a great fit in Microsoft Cloud and Software defined strategy. The virtual array can operate under Hyper-V or VMware ESXi and work as NAS or iSCSI server to manage up to 64 TB of storage in Azure.
What’s new in the array? (quote from azure.microsoft.com)
Virtual array form factor
The StorSimple Virtual Array is a virtual machine which can be run on Hyper-V (2008 R2 and above) or VMware ESXi (5.5 and above) hypervisors. It provides the ability to configure the virtual array with data disks of different sizes to accommodate the working set of the data managed by the device. A web-based GUI that provides a fast and easy way for initial setup of the virtual array.
The virtual array can be configured as a File Server (NAS) which provides ability to create shares for users, departments and applications or as an iSCSI server (SAN) which provides ability to create volumes (LUNs) for mounting on host servers for applications and users.
Shares and volumes can be created as locally-pinned or tiered. Locally-pinned shares and volumes give quick access to data which will not be tiered, for example a small transactional database that requires predictable access to all data. These shares and volumes are backed up to the cloud along with tiered shares and volumes for data protection.
We introduced a new algorithm for calculating the most used data by defining a heat map which tracks the usage of files and blocks at a granular level. This assigns a heat value to the data based on read and write patterns. This heat map is used for tiering of data when the local tiers are full. Data with lowest heat value (coldest) tiers to the cloud first, while the data with higher heat value is retained in the local tiers of the virtual array. The data on the local tiers is the working set which is accessed frequently be the users. The heat map is backed up with every cloud snapshot to the cloud and in the event of a DR, the heat map will be used for restoring and rehydrating the data from the cloud.
Item level recovery
The virtual array, configured as a file server, provides ability for users to restore their files from recent backups using a self-service model. Every share will have a .backups folder which will contain the most recent backups. The user can navigate to the desired backup and copy the files and folders to restore them. This eliminates calls to administrators for restoring files from backups. The virtual array can restore the entire share or volume from a backup as a new share or a volume on the same virtual appliance.
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