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Monthly Archives November 2012

My Take on the synology storage line

I have been using the synology 1512+ storage for about a month now. it has been a great experience so far and the huge functionality and wide disk supports has allowed me to actually be more innovative than before and really faster than before when it comes to deploying new VMs and testing different solutions. the integration and the support for VAAI with the new DSM firmware synology has released has made things a lot like a production environment storage but in a small scale.

the biggest and exciting part was that i was able to provision 100 Desktops in less than an hour time. the CPU and the memory installed on that storage is sufficient enough to handle the needed workload inside a Lab. i wouldn’t hesitate to say even production workloads along side the lab workload.

what matters the most is The ease of configuration on the web interface makes this storage a huge success where it has actually taken me less than 10 Minutes to configure the whole thing and connects it to my ESXi hosts. Personally i would really recommend this storage for my followers to use it in their home labs.

I had a bit of an issue in the beginning when i connected the storage due to some limitation on the switch i connected to but when the switch issue was fixed things went just as great as you would expect the storage to perform.

The cost was quite high may be for me, i guess because of the fact that i couldn’t ship it from outside Saudi Arabia and there was only one distributor that can provide it so their price was inclusive with no competition but it was still reasonable.

More info on the storege model can be found here for your information.

VMware vSphere Replication Videos.

With vSphere replication Now as part of the vSphere leading virtualization solution. it has become a number one choice for customers specially in SMB to configure this to create disaster recovery like solution without automation for their virtual environment. i just saw some blogs post on VMware website with 2 Videos on the solution, please find them below and enjoy watching them because htey explore how easy it is to protect the virtual machines and how to recover it as well.



VMware View storage Accelerator – See the Benefits.

I just had a chance to see a VMware Article here on that was done along side with Pivot3. The graph indcates and  shows the great benefits when View storage accelerator is enabled.

please see the below graph, it is a courtesy of Pivot3.

As mentioned the article,


The timeline shows:

  • Time 12 – 67:  Login storm
  • Time 170-232:  Media player file reads from RAWC pass 1
  • Time 340-405:  Media player file reads from RAWC pass 2

5.0 and 5.1 refer to View version.

Reboot refers to a test run immediately following the desktop boots.  No Reboot is a subsequent test run without rebooting desktops.

CBRC Impact:

  • At the login storm when logins immediately follow the desktop reboots.  This corresponds with Windows loading of executables to transition into a user runtime state.
  • Reads of the large media files from disk.  The first desktop that reads these files causes them to get cached into CBRC.  Then the other desktops get cache hits.

To take advantage of this functionality in vSphere you’ll need VMware View 5.1 and latest service pack.   Configuring the View Storage Accelerator is done through the View Administrator console and is just a one step process when configuring a pool.  The View Storage Accelerator is supported for any vCenter-Managed View Desktops such as manual desktops, automated full clone desktops and automated linked clone desktops.