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Hello friends,

Another freezing day here in Arkansas and not much for snow. I swear you scream snow and everybody panics. I hear Raleigh got a good drop of snow this winter as well.

Anyways, we are moving along well in our virtualization aging. We are currently evaluating the new HP DL380 G6’s and have been pleased with the performance thus far. We started using HP-Lefthand VSA for our remote sites and now have a much more sustainable infrastructure for our remote sites. Now when we need more resources we just add another server to the bunch and voila! More CPU, Storage, and Memory. All special thanks for VMware and what they have enabled us to do. We are still looking at our Data Centers and considering our options, but honestly I want to see some CiscoUCS. I know the HP DL380’s are great servers but UCS from a network management sounds like a good idea with across Data Center Vmotion. I just dont see a whole lot of publishing with HP doing this. CiscoUCS shows us as well as EMC – VPLEX as well.

This year is going to be an interesting year to watch for me… Be expecting more.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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HP Server Systems and Considerations Part 1

The other day I had the liberty of spending some time researching various things like hardware platforms to run an vSphere 4.0/4.1 environment.   Seeing how licensing is changing to more of a per socket basis and by the VM these days I have been thinking about platforms.

I have worked with various hardware platforms from previous experiences over the years but I have to say I have always liked HP Hardware.  Currently we are working with their current line of Blade Systems and the DL-280’s out in remote sites. After noting how licensing has changed to a more per socket approach I was considering the larger systems like the DL580’s and 980’s this week to save on licensing and have a High Computing environment for which to P2V anything and everything in your environment.

My Obsession first being the DL-980 but then I turned to the DL-580 due to a little less cost and good performance.  Ultimately I would probably go with the DL-980 but the DL-580 still roXXers in my opinion. With the storage bandwidth and multi-DUAL-port 10GB cards this server can really hit the storage hard and fast… So far in the virtual world we are seeing these pains…

More to come…

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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