Phil Sharrat, our Nimble Storage guru and fearless engineer, has been hacking into the Microsoft stack to make Boot From SAN magic happen for a large Sydney based client, lately. Having conquered those hoary challenges, he has now come up with what we think is a world first - SCOM Nimble integration. Here's a sneak peak - Phil says:
Quick write-up on the SCOM / Nimble integration.
There are three rules at present that collect data from the Nimble. At the moment, it’s using static hard coded mappings but in the next stage I want this to be a dynamic discovery within SCOM, which will require no further configuration.
These rules pass property bags, which are large XML dumps filled with headers and data, back to SCOM, which receives this data after running the rule, and with specific criteria puts this XML data into the SQL database for later reporting.
At present we record Total IO Reads, Total IO Writes, and Volume Usage.
Markus Strazd has just moved from a five and half year stint as first a support engineer and then heading up the then new development team at Nexus. Here is his note to us as he moves into a consulting and contracting arrangement with us that gives him room to move on some third party projects and heading up our 'Big Data for Small Business' initiative. We publish this here as we think this captures the essence and the passion of a Nexus engineer.
When I came to Sydney six years ago. I had no idea where my future might lie. I had worked for companies overseas like British Telecom and AIG but hated it. I saw a unique job opportunity that offered career development and provided support responsibilities that seemed a perfect chance to realise my skills. I met with Emma, she loved me, and soon I was hired.
I started supporting clients like TPG, YHA and the MCA. I was provided ample opportunities to fix server issues that were mission critical in all of their operations, but ...
We are working on a migration of 150+ hyper-V virtual machines for a 1000+ seat organisation, moving the entire data and applications onto a new Nimble Storage SAN with a single expansion shelf. For this customer, this meant going from almost two complete racks of traditional storage - they required that many spindles to deliver the performance required for applications, Exchange and databases - to seven rack units, which is less than 20% of a single rack. The saving on rack space was compelling and the savings helped support the already very good business case for Nimble.
Moving a few months forward, and we are in the midst of migrating the Hyper-V hosts to the new storage platform, we noticed something very very cool.
As you can see from the picture there is 36% compression on the OS files (Boot From SAN LUNs, if you prefer), which are all that we have brought across so far. (The engineers tells us this is "the hard bit"). However, what is not immediately ...