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2016/09/14
by Piotr Pisz
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EMC Unity VSA – accessible for all for free with support for Veeam Backup.

The fussion of Dell and EMC became a reality. The consequence of this is the exchange of entire product lines, disappears VNX brand and debut Unity (here you can read more about this). Fortunately, the approach of the new company for Open Source solutions and distribute their software in the full version has not changed. I not so long ago described the installation of EMC vVNX (and tests VVOL) and already we have a vVNX successor, EMC Unity VSA. And this is the full version (not beta). This means that we can downloaded it from support.emc.com (ova) and that will be available upgrade files for this solution. Licensing not changed, free version for no production usage supports 4T RAW and all possible functions (including FastVP). Installation and configuration is very much like the installation of the previous version (vVNX) so I will not describe it exactly, I will focus more on the differences.

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2016/08/31
by Piotr Pisz
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Installing a Ceph Jewel cluster on Ubuntu LTS 16 using ZFS

Software-defined storage (SDS) is developed at a dizzying pace. At the moment, we have to choose from a whole bunch of solutions, eg. VMware vSAN, EMC ScaleIO (which is based on Ceph), GlusterFS, XtreemFS and at the end, Ceph. Unfortunately, to date, none of these solutions natively supports features such as deduplication (only vSAN 6.2 supports deduplication and compression). In this article I will show you how to install, on three nodes, Ceph Jewel cluster (the latest stable) based on disks (OSD) formatted with ZFS. The ZFS source are Solaris OS (and Sun Microsystems, now Oracle), now it is fully ported to a Linux system. For the first time also received the full support on Ubuntu LTS 16. The purpose of this exercise is to test deduplication on SDS (which ZFS supports) and check whether it is possible. But remember, Ceph officially does not support OSD on ZFS.

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2016/08/04
by Piotr Pisz
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Veeam Agent for Linux – backup goes back to the clouds!

The Veeam company has just started testing its new, completely free tool, which is Veeam Agent for Linux (currently in beta). Who previously registered to the testing program can today download the solution and check its functionality. The basic question is, who will benefit from this tool? All those who use public clouds and running there own servers, very quickly collide with the basic problem which is the lack of backup. Often, this option is available (additional fee), which, however, usually comes down to the snapshoting of the virtual machine. There is no possibility to regular backups and sending them to own DC, and if this possibility exists it is a very expensive option. Veeam comes up against this problem by providing an agent, which in the future will be fully integrated with Veeam Backup & Recovery. This agent will be installed locally on the machine and will perform a full file backup (this is not a traditional snapshot of the entire virtual machine) via the network (eg.VPN).

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2016/07/13
by Piotr Pisz
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Configure Trend Micro Deep Security with VMware NSX for vShield Endpoint

VMware NSX achieved the status of GA and now each holder of a vCenter Standard license can download and install VMware NSX for vShield Endpoint. Generally, this is a very good move on that waiting a lot of people. At this point, it is now possible to migrate from VMware vShield Manager to VMware NSX in the vCenter 6 environment (particularly for holders of vCloud Suite 6 license). It also means the ability to migrate Trend Micro Deep Security from version 9.5 to version 9.6. But before you cast in to perform the upgrade as described here, think about it twice and thought to everything thoroughly. License NSX for vShield Endpoint is a very stripped down, basically has only two functions. Agentless antivirus (AV offloading) and Integrity Monitoring. This means that if you have a full license for all Deep Security modules you must use the agent in combination mode to use them all.

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2016/06/24
by Piotr Pisz
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PernixData Management Server Appliance – Questions & Answers.

With the launch of PernixData FVP 3.5 and Architect 1.1 has been made, in addition to the Windows version, PernixData Management Server Appliance. This method of software distribution is a nod to the users, we will not need a license for Windows Server and MsSQL. Of course, previous version it is (and will continue) developed. Install and configure appliance version is virtually the same as the Windows version (with the exception of initial appliance startup). Deploy to the environment is a standard procedure, we only need to select the correct version.

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2016/04/27
by Piotr Pisz
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Data Domain Virtual Edition – installation and integration with Veeam Backup.

As I have not once wrote, EMC deserve great applause for the approach to the subject releasing their products in the community version. This allows us to get acquainted with a number of solutions, including the latest one, which is Data Domain Virtual Edition. If you do not know what it is, I hasten to explain. It is a device that can function as a NAS or as a software tape library (VTL) and used as a backup repository (generally). Thanks to incredibly efficient deduplication algorithms, in a relatively small space we are able to cram a huge amount of data. Add to that the replication between devices, and several other useful features and you have a really interesting solution supported by most backup solutions (eg. EMC Avamar, Veeam Backup). In this year was released virtual version of Data Domain, which is distributed as a OVA file and includes a community license. This license allows the use of space 0.5T RAW (after deduplication safely accommodate 3T or more standard data), replication, encryption, and DD Boost ( support for external solutions).

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