Data Center 7.0
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has launched a revision of the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM)
The CSA CCM provides control frameworks which provide detailed understanding of security concepts and principles that are aligned to the Cloud Security Alliance guidance in 13 domains.
Get your copy here --> http://tinyurl.com/y9jtkfw
Fresh off the virtual presses is the release of the NPIV for ESX guide for IBM Storwize V7000.
Get your copy here ---> http://tinyurl.com/29fft2v
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  automated tiering tier v7000 storwize svc easy 1,176 Visits
The IBM Storage Tier Advisor Tool predicts whether the addition of Solid State Drive (SSD) capacity in conjunction with the Easy Tier function could benefit system performance.
The IBM Storage Tier Advisor Tool is a Windows console application that analyzes heat data files produced by Easy Tier and produces a graphical display of the amount of "hot" data per volume and predictions of how additional Solid State Drive (SSD) capacity could benefit performance for the system and by storage pool. This version of the Storage Tier Advisor Tool supports heat data files produced by Easy Tier on SAN Volume Controller 6.1, Storwize V7000 and DS8000 5.1, 5.1.5.
Heat data files are produced approximately once a day when Easy Tier is active on one or more storage pools and summarize the activity per volume since the prior heat data file was produced. On SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 the heat data file is in /dumps on the configuration node and is named "dpa_heat.node_name.time_stamp.data". Any existing heat data file is erased whenever a new heat data file is produced. The file must be off-loaded by the user and Storage Tier Advisor Tool invoked from a Windows command prompt console with the file specified as a parameter. The user can also specify the output directory. The Storage Tier Advisor Tool creates a set of html files and the user can then open the resulting "index.html" in a browser to view the results.
Usage information can be found in a readme supplied with the Tool.
We talked a few weeks back about Cloud Management / tools.
On April 12, 2010 SNIA formerly released V1.0 of CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface) ((Can be found here http://tinyurl.com/2ukfo5t))
Which allows Enterprises to manage (create, change & delete) Meta Data placed into clouds.
SNIA recently released a draft for CDMI v1.0.1f
Looks like the standards are shaping up well for Cloud Management.
Until next time....
IBM Storwize V7000 SPC-2 benchmark data are available.
SPC-2 benchmark results came in at 3,132 MBps
IEEE Forms 100G Backplane and Twinax Cabling Study Group
IEEE 802.3 Working Group has formed a 100Gbps Ethernet Electrical Backplane and Twinax Copper Cable Assemblies Study Group.
Supporters of the initiative see a need to develop an electrical solution for 100GbE backplanes and short reach twinax cabling that operates at greater than 10Gbps per lane.
The study group will have its first meeting as part of the IEEE 802.3 Working Group interim meeting.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  discovery monitoring storwize smi-s ds5000 san ds6000 director svc storage ibm alerting systems ds4000 ds8000 ds3000 control v7000 1,480 Visits
IBM Systems Director Storage Control a plug-in for IBM Systems Director was announced on Nov 7th, 2010.
IBM Systems Director Storage Control has been designed & optimized for mid-range storage offerings to increase IT productivity, typically these tool sets are lacking in mid-range space.
The Director plug-in provides support for DS3/4/5/6/8K disk subsystems, as well as Storage virtualization engines Storwize V7000, SVC, to round out the portfolio support we include N series, Fibre Channel Switches, IBM Servers (x, p & z) and SMI-S providers (proxy).
IBM Systems Director Storage Control also extends VMcontrol support (another IBM Systems Director Plug-in) to broaden storage systems support from this perspective too.
A few more features of the IBM Systems Director Storage Control are its Integrated support for Discovery, Inventory, Alerts, Monitoring, Configuration, Provisioning of storage offerings. In addition to automated monitoring and event notification thresholds. Sound like a tool that can enhance your storage environment?
IBM Systems Director Storage Control is available for 60-day free trial. Try it now http://tinyurl.com/24ocuel
significant advances in its path to integrate electrical and optical devices on
the same piece of silicon. The new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics, which
is the result of a decade of development at IBM's global Research laboratories,
promises over 10X improvement in integration density than is feasible with
current manufacturing techniques.
IBM said it anticipates
that Silicon Nanophotonics will dramatically increase the speed and performance
between chips. In addition to combining electrical and optical devices on a
single chip, the new IBM technology can be produced on the front-end of a standard
CMOS manufacturing line. Transistors can share the same silicon layer with
silicon nanophotonics devices. To make this approach possible, IBM researchers
have developed a suite of integrated ultra-compact active and passive silicon
nanophotonics devices that are all scaled down to the diffraction limit – the
smallest size that dielectric optics can afford. This makes possible the
integration of modulators, germanium photodetectors and ultra-compact
wavelength-division multiplexers with high-performance analog and digital CMOS
· In March 2010, IBM announced a Germanium Avalanche Photodetector working at 40 Gbps with CMOS compatible voltages as low as 1.5V. This was the last piece of the puzzle that completes the prior development of the “nanophotonics toolbox” of devices necessary to build the on-chip interconnects.
· In March 2008, IBM scientists announced the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch for "directing traffic" in on-chip optical communications, ensuring that optical messages can be efficiently routed.
· December 2007, IBM scientists announced the development of an ultra-compact silicon electro-optic modulator, which converts electrical signals into the light pulses, a prerequisite for enabling on-chip optical communications.
December 2006, IBM scientists demonstrated silicon nanophotonic delay line that was used to buffer over a byte of information encoded in optical pulses - a requirement for building optical buffers for on-chip optical communications.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  svc storwize perl v7000 scripting alphaworks 1,063 Visits
Ever wonder how to gain more efficiency from an already super easy to use disk subsystem?
Scripting is the key; of course!
IBM makes it easy by releasing a ready to use package via IBM alphaWorks which uses Perl under
Best of all the alphaWorks tool is FREE
Happy Efficiency gains!
We have referenced NLSAS quite a bit in the past few weeks and felt it was time to get into the nuts and bolts of what NLSAS is exactly.
A SATA drive has only one port so in the event of a network failure the SATA drive is not reachable. To add a level of HA to the SATA environment
interposers are utilized to add a second connectivity port while allowing conversion to another interface (i.e. Fibre Channel).
Switching the interposer to support NLSAS natively allows dual paths to your SAS environment.
What is gained by moving to NLSAS in your enterprise?
One drive type can be utilized across your enterprise; SAS.
Another is improved RAS (Reliability, Availability, Survivability)((In my mind this is minor since this RAS was also added to SATA offering).
The slight improvement in performance gain from native protocol exchange is really not worth mentioning as net gain.
Hope that helps clear the muddy water in / around NLSAS
Earlier this week I was stunned to see China took #1 & #3 spots at the 2H2010 supercomputing event.
Trying not to be dismayed I wondered how US companies would respond?
Did I question our abilities? Certainly not, however, 2.36PF is order and magnitude larger than #2 slot.
A short time ago I saw that some students have built their own supercomputer which placed 3rd in the NCSA
Green 500. So my optimisium for the US future has been restored by our youth. I will continue to watch
that space for other great news.
See for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/2dss6uz
PCI-SIG released the latest PCIe Base 3.0 specification.Check it out: http://preview.tinyurl.com/2869qhp
The new PCIe 3.0 architecture is a low-cost, high-performance I/O technology that includes a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and a data rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), doubling the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification.
PCIe 3.0 technology also maintains backward compatibility with previous PCIe architectures and provides the optimum design point for high-volume platform I/O implementations across a wide range of topologies. Possible topologies include servers, workstations, desktop and mobile personal computers, embedded systems, peripheral devices, etc.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  cna iscsi convergence fcoe muilti-protocol qlogic 3gcna ethernet 1 Comment 1,522 Visits
As the IT industry continues to push commoditization across the enterprise, its next target appears to be the Ethernet switching realm. How so you ask? Network Convergence and the newest CNA offering from QLogic is the 3GCNA a valiant effort into full commoditization of Ethernet switches.
3GCNA’s provide support for multi-protocol
(iSCSI, FCoE) and QLogic’s newest 3GCNA allows VM’s to switch protocols on the
fly. Can you leverage this in your enterprise? You bet you can,
direct benefit day one by adding this into your Tiering strategy (tier by disk
and protocol) to lower your operational expenses. QLogic then takes the
offering up one level further by allowing direct VM to VM communication. I
envision this having direct impact in your environment from an admin
standpoint can you envision a larger impact?
The dual trends of network convergence and server consolidation are driving major changes aimed directly at server I/O. This drives home one of my favorite points for 2010 flexibility within your IT infrastructure and the 3GCNA brings this flexibility in a big way.
Looking forward to the competition leap frogging this CNA offering and how it can benefit enterprises.
Ever wonder where the whole network convergence movement is going?
Wonder no more.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tier async raid replication provisioning svc mid-range sync snapshot easy storwize mirror v7000 ssd ibm thin 1,291 Visits
IBM’s new mid-range Scalable Storage Storwize V7000 was designed from the ground up offering ease of use for product install, Admin & Maintenance. Take notice the product is new, however, the code set it runs on is stable it is based on IBM’s SVC which is > than 6.5 years young. The subsystem also brings enterprise caliber technology into the mid-range market. Such as, Disk Virtualization (based on SVC technology) RAID technology brought out of our DS8000 family and ease of use GUI from the XIV family. All features available to help your enterprise become successful with out worrying about watered down feature sets.
Let’s run through some of the Enterprise Offerings:
1) SVC + Disk Virtualization, 2) RAID technology from DS8K including Atomic Update, 3) Ease of use from XIV 4) Easy Tier
Maintenance Procedures (DMP) to help in maintenance & recovery tasks 6) Embedded e-learning video’s 7) Presets (AKA
Templates) helps in ease of use and simplify repetitive tasks
8) Replication (Async or Sync) over IP or Fibre Channel or 9) Mirroring via (MM/GM) 10) Thin Provisioning, 11) SnapShots w/ plug-in capabilities for FlashCopy Manager (FCM) and the last item I will cover is DR Automation (FO, FO back, Full site switching) – true mature enterprise technologies not watered down solutions
But, know that as you dig into this extensive product offering you will see many more options.
Oh, I just can’t help myself, I need to let you know about the 45 days of free disk migration to help get you off that other gear!
Isn’t it time to discuss your mid-range disk business with IBM?