Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gunakan cara tepat utk DCIM Anda

EXTENDING DCIM TO FILL TODAY’S DATA CENTER CAPACITY APPETITE

Can a smarter approach to capacity management help organizations avoid unnecessary expenditure?
23 June 2014 by CA Technologies SVP software engineering and DCIM evangelist Dhesi Ananchaperumal
Extending DCIM to fill today’s data center capacity appetite
Dhesi Ananchaperumal
“Please Sir, can I have some more?” It’s a classic line from a classic book. And it’s just as relevant to a 21st century data center as it was to a 19th century workhouse.
Everyone has an appetite for more when it comes to the data center. The business wants more compute resource. The IT department wants more rack space and the facilities team wants more power.
To satisfy this constant hunger, many organizations end up embarking on costly data center expansions and constructions.
But this could all be about to change. A leading analyst firm has found that large enterprises with definitive strategic plans for their data centers are more likely to consider DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) a top investment priority in 2014.
This is because many data center expansion initiatives could be avoided if organizations made better use of their existing resources. For example, it’s estimated that up to 90% of a server’s capacity is sitting idle. And for every under-utilized server, there’s a space and energy price to be paid.
A chain reaction
By maximizing the utilization of one data center resource, everything else in the capacity chain will follow.
For example, when one of our customers found that their overall server utilization rate was stuck at 20%, they embarked on an assessment to remap its virtual machines to more optimum clusters. 
By increasing server utilization rates to around 40%, the customer discovered they could achieve a three-year cost savings of US$3.7m by avoiding hardware refresh costs and $1.7m from energy efficiencies.
To achieve such savings and manage capacity across the entire data center, organizations must have visibility across the entire data center.
Converged Capacity Management can provide that visibility by integrating capacity management across both IT and facilities resources – from compute, I/O and storage to power, space and cooling.
It can even extend beyond the doors of corporately-owned data centers to provide a unique insight into total capacity on-premise and off-premise. This will not only help organizations sate today’s appetite for more but also plan for tomorrow.
The ability to forecast future demand is fundamental – especially for managed service providers and colocation providers where the data center is their business.
With end-to-end visibility of capacity, organizations will be able to answer critical operational and strategic questions such as: Do we need to buy another UPS? Do we need to extend our rack space? Do we need to build a new facility?
Instead of over-sizing their data center, organizations will be able to right-size based on an accurate picture current capacity and future needs.
This will not only avoid unnecessary expenditure but also accelerate the provisioning of new workloads.
United on all fronts
With everyone battling for a slice of the data center pie, people can become just as divided as resources.
A converged approach to capacity management can also help unite the two sides of the data center operation: IT and facilities.
With a single view of data center resources, IT and facilities will be able to identify any gaps in the capacity chain and work together to fix them.
I’ve seen this work at numerous organizations, where better capacity management tools have also liberated teams from a time-consuming cycle of spreadsheets and manual reporting.
With these tools providing end-to-end capacity management capabilities as part ongoing data center management, IT and facilities can proactively manage resources without the need for dedicated in-house experts.
So next time when someone asks “Please Sir, can I have some more?”, IT and facilities departments will be able to give the right answer. And the same answer.
The opinions expressed in the article above are those of the author and do not reflect those of Datacenter Dynamics, its employers or affiliates.

Friday, June 20, 2014

25 Penyedia / Produk Private Cloud




25 Private Cloud Computing Vendors to Consider


Building a private cloud is often the first step in cloud computing for many organizations. A private cloud is designed to offer the same features and benefits of public cloud systems, but removes a number of objections to the cloud computing model because it is implemented within the corporate firewall under the control of the IT department.

25 Private Cloud Vendors to Consider

Many major vendors and small cloud providers have a private cloud offering that is available for on-premises deployment or available as a secure hosted offering ("managed cloud services").
Here's a list of 30 vendors, platforms and service providers you can research for your own private cloud project:
Extending the Data Center to the Cloud
  1. Abiquo Private Cloud Solutions
  2. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
  3. BlueLock Virtual Private Clouds
  4. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management
  5. CA Technologies Cloud Solutions
  6. Cisco Private Cloud solutions
  7. Citrix CloudPlatform (Open Source)
  8. CloudStack (open source software)
  9. Dell Cloud Solutions
  10. Enomaly Elastic Computing Platform (Acquired by Virtustream)
  11. Eucalyptus Cloud Platform
  12. GoGrid cloud hosting platform
  13. IBM SmartCloud Foundation
  14. Microsoft Private Cloud
  15. Nimbula
  16. Novell Cloud Manager
  17. OpenNebula (Open Source Project)
  18. OpenStack (Open Source Software)
  19. Piston Cloud Computing (Enterprise OpenStack)
  20. Rackspace Private Cloud (Powered by OpenStack)
  21. Red Hat Cloud
  22. Savvis Symphony Virtual Private Solutions
  23. SUSE Cloud (Powered by OpenStack)
  24. TierraCloud
  25. VMware Private Cloud Computing
With the idea of building a private cloud a daunting proposition for many companies, the best advice for how to build a private cloud is to start small and then continue to grow the cloud computing project over time. Learn more about private cloud projects in this Webopedia definition.

Webopedia's Cloud Computing Glossary

From planning a private cloud project to finding an online cloud storage provider, Webopedia's A-Z Cloud Computing Glossary will help you understand the language that has surfaced around the topic of cloud computing. 

Mengapa private cloud?



private cloud project

Companies initiate private cloud projects to enable their IT infrastructure to become more capable of quickly adapting to continually evolving business needs and requirements. Private cloud projects can also be connected to public clouds to createhybrid clouds.

Unlike a public cloud, a private cloud project remains within the corporate firewall and under the control on the company’s IT department. As a result, a private cloud provides more control over the company’s data, and it ensures security, albeit with greater potential risk for data loss due to natural disaster.
Launching a private cloud project involves analyzing the need for a private cloud, formulating a plan for how to create a private cloud, developing cloud policies for access and security, deploying and testing the private cloud infrastructure, and training employees and partners on the cloud computing project.

Creating a Private Cloud Project

To create a private cloud project strategy, a company will first need to identify which of its business practices can be made more efficient than before, as well as which repetitive manual tasks can be automated via the successful launch of a cloud computing project.
Extending the Data Center to the Cloud


By creating a private cloud strategy, the resulting cloud will be able to deliver automatic, scalable server virtualization, providing the benefits of automated provision of resources and the optimal use of hardware within the IT infrastructure.

Building a Private Cloud

With the idea of building a private cloud a daunting proposition for many companies, the best advice for how to build a private cloud is to start small and then continue to grow the cloud computing project over time.
In terms of specifics for how to set up a private cloud, a company needs to:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Apasih Virtual DataCenter Model ?



The Virtual Datacenter Model Explained

There are many tools and technologies that make a virtual datacenter run. Here are a few of the major layers firms will have in their virtual set up.
Understanding the model of a virtual datacenter is often explained by textbooks and online instructional manuals as being a stack with layers that lie on top of each other. These layers are dependent upon one another in order for the virtual datacenter to work properly. Virtual datacenters abstract each of these resources into a pool that can be used on demand when instructed by an administrator using a hypervisor. So what are the layers of the virtualized datacenter model?
Network virtualization
When you think about the way a virtualized datacenter abstracts the traditional components of a datacenter, the first component that must be virtualized is the networking component. Without being able to interconnect of all of your devices, you have a room full of computers that will be unable to communicate with each other. In a traditional sense, setting up a datacenter can get confusing quite quickly. Once the network layer has been virtualized, you more easily manage nodes while being able to dictate the actual function and connectivity of your entire datacenter.
Storage virtualization
When you have a rack full of servers that all have internal hard drives, it can be difficult to utilize traditional means that help you identify what data is stored where. Storage virtualization is an important part of this spectrum because it creates a pool of all of your available storage which allows you to use storage on demand. You would theoretically run out of space when all of your hard drives in your datacenter are completely full. The storage load will be spread across all eligible storage devices.
Processing virtualizationIf you have a rack full of servers, wouldn’t you be able to do more if you were able to harness all of the power of the processors in the rack versus just one or two at a time. The virtualization layer of processing power is essential to tackling large computing tasks. If you have a multicore processor, you can dedicate a portion or an entire core or multiple cores to one virtual machine. The process is as easy as moving a slider until you receive the perfect amount of resources for your computing task.
Application and access virtualizationBeing able to virtualize your applications will give your end-users a consistent experience regardless of their underlying operating systems. If you think about the way software-as-a-service is delivered in the cloud, you already have a perfect understanding of application virtualization. When you virtualize your application layer, you can instantaneously deploy applications without having to worry about things you have previously had to worry about when deploying to bare metal machines such as hardware requirements or system incompatibilities.
How are you going to access this infrastructure? Access has its own virtualization layer in this model as well. Since there are so many different methods to authenticate onto a system, virtualizing the access platform makes for an efficient method of delivering authentication services to your end-users. With a virtualized access platform, you can integrate popular identity services such as active directory which can give you the ability to offer single sign-on for your users.
Natalie Lehrer is a senior contributor for CloudWedge. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys exploring all things cloud and is a music enthusiast. View Full Bio

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Nilai Ekonomis Modular Data Center



Economics of Modular Data Centers

19 Feb 2014, Prerna Sharma, DATAQUEST
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The subject of modular data centers continues to be a source of widespread debate. Gurus are either in disagreement about the model of modular data centers or they may fail to reach consensus over its utility and return on investment. This is particularly the case when the discussion focuses on whether modular data centers offer relative cost advantages over traditional alternatives.
There are many factors responsible for assessing the cost to deploy a data center. This holds true for both modular and traditional data centers.
However, two key factors contributing to lower cost in building a modular DC are attributable to the lesser complexity on installation & commissioning and the enhanced energy efficiency. Modular data centers continue to grow in popularity, as evident by growing investment in modular technologies for computing within the DC.
The trend started with achieving greater consolidation within DC component such as servers, storage, etc, under a unified network protocol across the enterprise. Modular DC complements the overall roadmap for consolidation by offering on-premise out-of-the-box environment that can be deployed at any place within the facility.
Modular data centers are packaged in standard forms that include server racks, power and cooling units, redundant power supply hooks and networking gear that can help companies build out private clouds while keeping capital and operational costs low.
Some companies require a quick build-out of a data center in situation like natural disasters or other emergencies. A modular data center can be fully functional in a pod-like form, and can be setup in a week's time.
A modular data center can be built to cater to specific requirements through multiple vendors and technologies within the same rack. The DC solution is highly scalable to meet future requirements with headroom for growth.

Why Modular Data Center?
  • On-premise modular data centers can give much better control on management and security compared to co-location DC. The deployment and commissioning services are also standardized to meet the needs of an average customer.
  • Modular DC certainly provides lower power consumption compared to traditional DC. It is a clear advantage is for the customer who can deploy more computing without additional power capacity augmentation.
  • Certain modular DC providers have the capability to design data centers on tier-3 standards to ensure near 100% uptime.
  • Like traditional DC, the modular data center can also scale out to the ever growing compute demand in future and also support 24x7 business operations.
  • Last but not the least, a clear advantage that can be defined for a modular data center is to have a central management solution for a single console management of the entire infrastructure with regard to deployment, periodic monitoring and maintenance, upgradations, and third party component integration.
Benefits on Power and Cooling
Power supply to traditional data center has been through the primary source of power to the facility. Redundancies were built through large complex external power source such as industrial-grade UPS. This resulted in high cost and higher depreciation of IT equipments due to excess heat generation. The cooling architecture was also built externally for each rack component separately to manage the required temperature within the DC.
In case of modular data center, the power and cooling is built within the rack solution making it more portable than its traditional counterparts, and it results in reduced power outage and efficient cooling at much lower cost.
Conclusion
Though the acceptability for modular data centers is higher in countries like Russia, France, UK, and Brazil, the market is nascent in India but holds the potential to emerge as a fast growing geography in the future. Since the overall solutions meet the demand for a converged and secure DC facility, customers are choosing modular data centers as the preferred option for infrastructure expansion as well as business continuity.

Kapan Anda perlu modular data center ?



Is Modular data center right choice for your company?

08 Jan 2014, Prerna Sharma, DATAQUEST
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Lots of discussion focuses on whether modular data centers offer relative cost advantages over traditional alternatives.
However, two key factors contributing to lower cost in building a modular DC are attributable to the lesser complexity on installation & commissioning and the enhanced energy efficiency.
Modular data centers are packaged in standard forms that include server racks, power and cooling units, redundant power supply hooks and networking gear that can help companies build out private clouds while keeping capital and operational costs low.
Some companies require a quick build-out of a data center in situation like natural disasters or other emergencies. A modular data center can be fully functional in a pod-like form, and can be setup in a week's time. Here are some key factor to decide on modular data center
Why Modular Data Center?
1. On-premise modular data centers can give much better control on management and security compared to co-location DC. The deployment and commissioning services are also standardized to meet the needs of an
average customer.
2. Modular DC certainly provides lower power consumption compared to traditional DC. It is a clear advantage is for the customer who can deploy more computing without additional power capacity augmentation.
3.Certain modular DC providers have the capability to design data centers on Tier 3 standards to ensure near 100% uptime.
4.Like traditional DC, the modular data center can also scale out to the ever growing compute demand in future and also support 24x7 business operations.


5.Last but not the least, a clear advantage that can be defined for a modular data center is to have a central management solution for a single console management of the entire infrastructure with regard to deployment, periodic monitoring and maintenance, upgradations, and third party component integration.
Though the acceptability for modular data centers is higher in countries like Russia, France, UK, and Brazil, the market is nascent in India but holds the potential to emerge as a fast growing geography in the future. Since
the overall solutions meet the demand for a converged and secure DC facility, customers are choosing modular data centers as the preferred option for infrastructure expansion as well as business continuity.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Setup Synology NAS sebagai VMWare Server datastore

Salah satu produk menarik dan tidak terlalu mahal untuk Network Attached Storage adalah SYNOLOGY.
Dan perangkat ini mendukung implementasi dengan VMWare.

How to set up Synology NAS as VMware server datastore

Overview

A datastore is independent storage space for centralizing virtual machine's physical data. You could consolidate and share storage space to maximize storage utilization and simplify management with better flexibility by using Synology NAS as the VMware Datastore.

This article will guide you through the process of using your Synology NAS as the datastore in your VMware environment.

Contents

  1. Before you start
  2. Mount iSCSI Targets on VMware ESXi
  3. Setup iSCSI LUN as VMware Datastore

1. Before you start

Before you start to share data within the Internet, make sure you have completed the following tasks:
  • Hardware installation for Synology DiskStation.
  • Software installation for Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM, web-based operating system of DiskStation).
  • Create iSCSI LUN and Targets (see here).
  • Install VMware vSphere Client on your PC.
  • Setup a VMware ESXi host.
Refer to Quick Installation Guide for more information about hardware and software installation. You can also see Synology DiskStation User's Guide (available at Synology's Download Center) for a general idea about related topics.

2. Mount iSCSI Targets on VMware ESXi

This section will help to mount iSCSI Targets on the Synology NAS to the VMware ESXi Hypervisor.
  1. Login your VMware ESXi by vSphere Client.
    Mount iSCSI Targets:
    • Go to Configuration tab.
    • Click on Storage Adapters.
    • Select the iSCSI Software Adapter.
    • Click Properties.
  2. Enable the iSCSI initiator.
  3. Once the iSCSI Initiator is enabled, click on Dynamic Discovery.
  4. Under Dynamic Discovery:
    • Click on Add.
    • Enter the primary IP address of the Synology NAS.
  5. Rescan the Host Bus Adapter.
  6. The iSCSI Initiator has detected the targets on the Synology NAS.

3. Setup iSCSI LUN as VMware Datastore

This section of the article will help you to setup iSCSI LUN as a VMware datastore.
  1. Login your VMware ESXi by vSphere Client.
  2. Under Configuration tab:
    • Click on Storage.
    • Click on Add Storage.
  3. User Add Storage:
    • Select Disk/LUN.
    • Click on Next.
  4. In the next page:
    • Find the iSCSI target.
    • Click on Next.
  5. Review the current disk layout and click Next.
  6. Enter a new datastore name for this new storage.
  7. Select a block size to use for this new storage.
  8. Click on Finish to confirm final configuration settings.
  9. The new datastore has been added and is ready to use.
2014-06-05 18:00:47

Setting Datacenter standar dalam era IoT


Setting the datacenter standard in the IoT era

06 Jun 2014, Prerna Sharma, DATAQUEST
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In today's Internet of Things era where everything is connected to the Internet, the ever growing volume and variety of digital data has become the critical success factor that businesses come to rely on. According to experts, the industry is being transformed by platforms such as cloud, big data, mobility, and social businesses. Data explosions with these emerging platforms needs to be matched with solution that are deployed quickly, more flexible, out of the box, with maximum RoI and efficiency.
"Infrastructure of datacenter is becoming more and more important and it is expected that in 2020 energy consumption of datacenter will increase. Our role is to find how we can improve DC infrastructure from end-to-end," says Philippe Arsonneau, Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric, IT Business.
To leverage big data they first need to ensure that their data centers are capable of facilitating the transmission, processing, streaming and storage of the burgeoning information. With this demand scenario in the mind, Schneider Electric introduced StruxureWare Data Center operation v7.4, which provides new capabilities and access to actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the data center life cycle. As part of Schneider Electric's DCIM solution, StruxureWare will optimize colocation management, power monitoring and network management helping data center and facility managers free up power capacity, right- size physical infrastructure and integrate with existing DCIM systems, thereby reducing capital and operational expenses.

"Their are lot of solutions available in the market.The DCIM solution provided by us has a whole range of offering with other solution providers like Summit Energy, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, VmWare, Cisco, Vigilent, etc," says Andrew Sylvester, Software Manager, Data Center Software Solution, Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric, IT Business.
To strengthen their footprint in DC infrastructure offerings Schneider Electric also unveiled its prefabricated data centers comprising All-in-One configurations, Power skids and modules, cooling and Hydronics modules and IT modules. "Today when you build a data center you have to think about cooling capacity or from where data cable is coming from. But with prefab data center all these worries are moved out of the window" says Pankaj Sharma, Vice President, East Asia Zone, IT Business, Schneider Electric.
The company believes that datacenter managers looking to optimize deployment speed, performance, reliability, and cost can observe various benefits like:
Pre-engineered and wired with integrated hardware and software, manufactured and tested in a factory
Arrives on-site ready to deploy quickly and easily
Enables a new-generation of datacenters with multiple levels of densities, criticalities, and voltages
Multiple form factors and power ranges, inside or outside deployment
Building blocks used independently or together to form a datacenter solution
Prefab Datacenter allows the planning cycles to switch from an onsite construction focus to onsite integration of these prefabricated building blocks.
(The author was hosted in Singapore by Schneider Electric)