Storage Troubleshooting in a 3-2-1 Hardware Stack

by Chuck Petrie on March 4, 2019

This blog post first appeared on VMware Cloud Management Blog. Read the full blog post here.

Original posted on: May 13, 2016
Updated on: March 4, 2019 by Tim George

As the storage market transitions further and further towards all-flash, hybrid arrays, storage providers work to accelerate performance and utilization. In doing so, storage troubleshooting becomes more difficult to categorize hot data, dynamic and agile storage capacities, and other new age concepts.

Today we’re following up on a previous blog where we investigated network troubleshooting in a 3-2-1 hardware stack. As a reminder, the term “3-2-1” refers to a redundant architecture of three servers, two…

(Correctly) Sizing Infrastructure When Migrating a Database

by bluemedora_admin on February 27, 2019

One-size-fits-all doesn’t work. When it comes to IT infrastructure, it’s one-size-fits-none.

Whether on-premise or in the cloud, data centers are complicated, and no two are alike. As your organization’s needs change, your data center infrastructure size should change with it.

One of those changes that force you to reconsider your infrastructure is when you migrate your database. Don’t expect your infrastructure to successfully support a complete database migration without any changes to its size.

Your infrastructure’s size could increase or decrease, but sizing it correctly is important. And if you don’t adjust your infrastructure to fit your migration needs, you’ll face impending project failure. To help…

Understanding XenDesktop Login Performance

by bluemedora_admin on February 25, 2019

For most of us, logging in is a daily routine. We log into everything from personal games like Fortnite to work websites. But before we get to those steps, we often first have to log into one more thing: our desktop.

It used to be that to get to your desktop, you had to be sitting in front of it. But with the help of application and desktop virtualization solutions from vendors like Citrix, we’ve long since said goodbye to those requirements. For almost 20 years, I’ve recommended deploying Citrix to application owners wanting to give users remote access to their desktops and applications.

For…

Blue Medora vROpsCLI Tutorial Part One: Getting Started

by Tim George on February 22, 2019

Recently, we introduced a command line tool called vROpsCLI for VMware vRealize Operations Manager that opens wealth of options to programmatically manage mundane or large scale tasks using the rich APIs in vROps. You can install multiple management packs with one command, configure these packs, change credentials sets, and even check or update alert definitions without even setting foot within the vRealize UI. This tool was developed right here at Blue Medora by our own resident expert, Steve Miller. Steve wrote a blog that describes some of the functionality of this tool in more detail.

It may seem intimidating to launch into learning a…

Using SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform

by bluemedora_admin on February 21, 2019

For some time now, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has been supporting enterprises that have Windows workloads. In 2017, GCP announced their official support for SQL Server using virtual machine (VM) images. There are certain aspects—like sustained use discounts or custom VMs—in GCP that make it suitable to run your SQL Server workloads.

Even though SQL Server is not yet supported as a managed service, GCP is still good for hosting SQL Server workloads. Windows images in GCP support SQL Server Always On Availability Groups as well as integration with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for disk snapshots. Google’s documentation is a…

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