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  1. For whatever reason it escapes me the sole few Hyper-V focused HCI players out there. Perhaps they are not surviving? Or had to diversify to support other/more platforms? You can always do what the big boys do and just go full on OpenStack, KVM, Docker, etc.
  2. Warning, if you move to Acropolis, your backup architechture will NEED to change significantly. Storage mangement tools, reporting products, etc; many don't support Acropolis. All the wonderful things they claim can be done on Acropolis are cancelled out when nothing seems to support Acropolis. The market supports VMware first, HyperV second, and KVM and some of the other Openstack players are next. So regardless of choice traditional vs HCI.... Think about all the other techncial and business process solutions you have. Will they need updating, retiring, changes of process etc. If you're going to entertain Acropolis, why not entertain Vmware? I mean there is an added cost, but that cost comes with much more features, maturity in DR/load balancing features, and broader industry support. Not to mention a lot of HCI options there. The only benefit to Acropolis is less upfront cost for the hypervisor. Then it becomes more cost for all the other things like mgmt, workflow, etc.
  3. Here for feedback?
  4. Personally a Nimble array is perfect. It's performant, simple, and now an HPE company, so you can just ask them to engage the Nimble folks, since you have an existing relationship with HPE. 3Par is way more than you need IMO Otherwise, Nutanix only makes sense if you want to get rid of your existing compute nodes. But at the same time, there are some Hyper-V specific HCI players out there (I can't remember what those names are)... Something you may want to look at, rather than Nutanix with HyperV which is a hypervisor with another hypervisor on top of that. Of course there is the DellEMC Unity arrays too, which has a nice HyperV plugin for mgmt and support as part of the Unity UI. And I think Veeam can use the Unity snapshots for backups too.
  5. ArcServe? Eww. LOL. I've yet to meet a happy ArcServe customer. But at the same time, those were all CA customers, and hopefully the new owner of ArcServe is actually doing good things with the product and not letting it languish. If you're going to test DDVE, take a look at the requirements for the various sizes you can scale it. The 96TB edition is insane in terms of HW requirements. They also have a performance tester they want you to run on the datastores upon initial setup. But when you expand it, they don't require you to run it again. Seems like a missing feature...
  6. I can't find your older DD2200 forum topic, the link is dead from the review. But now that there are flash enabled DataDomain systems, do you think you can sweet talk DellEMC into getting one in the labs? Specifically the DD6300 or similar system? I would like to see the effects of flash used for metadata, in regards to Veeam restores, VDP performance, and general performance improvements. They are claiming big restore improvements, which has always been an issue for products like Veeam and CVLT and DD used together. Not that it was a limitation by EMC, but more so how those products do lots of random IO on the restore process, that punishes DataDomain, which doesn't do random IO well at all.
  7. It depends. There is no right or wrong answer, there is only the right technology for your needs. From an HCI market, the leading companies are DellEMC, Nutanix, and probably Simplivity, which is now HPE. (You can probably kiss that product good bye now that HPE owns it, and will mess it up) Right here on you can read up on reviews of VxRail by DellEMC. Sadly no Nutanix review yet. There are also VSAN ready boxes, where you can build your own HCI system, using your own HW vendor of choice. HPE, Lenovo, supermicro, etc. Personally, I would bring in, at least 2-3 vendors that you think fit to your requirements, like Nutanix and DellEMC, and perhaps a 3rd. Listen to their pitch. Ask them about competitive info as to WHY their kit may be better than the other. But ultimately, get two quotes, pit them against each other, so that you make out like a bandit! The market is tough and competitive, they will discount up front to win your business. Never take their first pass price. But like all negotiations, make sure to lock in your maintenance for multiple years, as well as node adds. That may mean paying for multiple years up front to get better pricing, or get an agreement in writing.
  8. Any word on if they addressed battery life while in cold climates? I'd read anecdotal stories that their batteries went to weeks or a single month in colder/near-freezing weather. That has been the only thing holding me back here on buying this, vs running PoE in my home and outside of my home for different camera's and a Synology NAS (which isn't easy when you're in a 3-story home) EDIT: Poor cold weather battery performance was reported on the first gen Arlo camera's.
  9. My Synology NAS is claiming a SMART error on one HDD (ID 184 End to End error) I literally had 36 hours before my warranty was to be expired, and I ran seagate tools against it, and no errors were found on their extended test. The drive is a Momentus XT 500GB drive. I had two laying around doing nothing, and I popped them into the extra bays within my NAS just for more capacity for videos and such. The gist of Seagate's warranty policy was that you can only RMA a drive under warranty if the tool provided an error. No error, you would be on the hook for some costs in terms of diagnosis, drive repair or a refurbished drive. What do you guys think, Ignore it? Or "Danger Will Robinson, eject!" Currently I put those two drives in RAID 1 just in case. And it's just holding movies that I can always re-download.
  10. It could be as simple as just putting a Windows Server in front of the SAN. Then use Windows file shares as needed. I've got customers with up to 30TB's shared to 500 users, on a single file server. I scoff at that, but they do it, and it works. FreeNAS/OpenNAS and more are possible options too. Your SAN may actually have a NAS option. Give us the make/model and we can tell you more if possible.
  11. You have three options. 1. Buy a SAN that has an encryption option. All of them do this these days. 2. There used to be a market for SAN encryption gateways for an existing SAN that didn't support native encryption. This is a dead market IMO. 3. Host based encryption, software running on an OS that encrypts the data. This can cause a lot of issues with AV/backup software. Ill-advised unless you have to.
  12. Have you checked VMware's compatibility list? That is the definitive guide to all things, especially HBA compatibility. You want to from pick what's on that list.
  13. As someone in the VAR/reseller community, I have a very different viewpoint than you. FC is very much alive in midsize and enterprise accounts. SMB maybe not with the likes of Nimble, HP's lefthand stuff, EMC's VNXe, etc, and other start ups. Startups that are iSCSI first, and recently bolted on FC to inch into the Enterprise. Think about that. They added FC after the fact to drive sales in the enterprise, that otherwise wouldn't have given them the time of day. HCI is a great thing. I've got customers that run both Nutanix and traditional infrastructure. The traditional environment costs about 5x what they spent on Nutanix, and Nutanix will never grow more than what it is. I've also worked with customers that went all in with Nutanix. They are uber successful in that. HCI is just an option, not a solution. You need the software/application stack to take notice and adopt. I have many niche verticals that use apps that require physical infrastructure (healthcare), still use HW dongles for license checks(Design firms), and I have customers that have a need for high sustained single stream read writes (NAS systems). Dell/EMC merger is a good thing IMO. It's a marrying of two different business focuses. One caters to the midrange and highend; the other consumer, low end and midrange. They are complimentary. The EMC data protection portfolio is really 2nd to none today. It wasnt the case just a couple years ago. Isilon a fantastic scaleout NAS, Dell's servers are extremely affordable, and their datacenter practice is very very good. You've also got a few very passionate leaders up top that will make waves (top, down) to get his way. When I worked for an OEM software company, my team had our Lenovo laptops out in Roundrock(They were a reseller of our gear)... Bad idea when Micheal Dell walks in the room. ;-) Working with vendors... The whole first hit free thing. That's you (or your sales rep) not informing the customer of long term costs. I run into this a lot as an example with Commvault. They make the sale, sell the software and required licensing, but dismiss or minimize the HW requirements over time. Sure looked cheap in yr1! At the end of yr3, and you need $300k in new servers, SQL licenses, and storage just to maintain organic growth... CVLT did a poor job of explaining that. Same goes for EMC, HP, etc. A good reseller maps out the 1yr, 3yr, and 5yr costs. Manufacturers make their pricing as such, to refresh the equipment after support is over. In fact, pricing is so calculated, it's often cheaper to buy new than renew support in many cases. But new startups are bucking that trend, and the big vendors are taking notice, and making that change. Flat rate annual maintenance for the life of the product. Expect to see this transition in many places over the next 3-5yrs. Back to the original discussion.. ScaleIO, the free version could be the ticket. You can even true-up to pay for support. You don't run a business without support/insurance! Thats the thing about taking on a startup. Is the business viable, the technology sound, can any IT lackey just jump in and manage it? yes the initial acquisition costs were super low, but if ongoing caring and maintenance takes a lot of time, how much did you really save? How about Simplivity? I've lost to them on cost in the past, I have to assume they are doing good... How about just some of the newer rack mounted thecus, synology, qnap arrays? All are vcenter certified, some support flash, and iSCSI. Super affordable, and since they have little in the way of data services, not much could go wrong... Good discussion, perfect on the low end. Of course there are great turnkey low end solutions too if you want to talk to the bigger vendors...
  14. If 100k, Have you looked at VxRail or Nutanix? Both should have entry level configs under that price range. They both allow you to buy without VMware licensing, if you already own that. (EMC used to require you buying Vmware licensing before up until recently)