There’s been a lot in the press just recently around Microsoft and HP working together on joint initiatives, and trust me, it’s great news. If you’ve not seen all the announcements, there’s a simplified version of the announcement here.
Jump back a few weeks though, 8th December to be precise, where NetApp and Microsoft Announce Three-Year Pact Spanning Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Storage Management which for me, really topped off a fantastic 12-18 months I’ve had working closely with NetApp, who I believe, have been one of the most proactive vendors Microsoft works with today. Go back to November 2008, at NetApp Insight 2008, in Prague. I’d been invited over to deliver a joint Microsoft and NetApp speaking slot, on Hyper-V with NetApp technologies. The room was near full, so the interest was there, but it was clear to see from things like the keynote speeches, that VMware were the big virtualisation player that NetApp were playing ball with, though Hyper-V was acknowledged as up and coming. To me, and my NetApp counterpart Steve Winfield (who co-starred in the NetApp & Hyper-V video series on Virtualboy TV (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)), this wasn’t the position we wanted the Microsoft virtualisation solution to be in, so we worked tirelessly to help drive interest between mutual customers, in both platforms. Whether it was through video, blog, or face to face meetings, perception and awareness, even just on our small scale, were starting to change. Fast forward to November 2009, at NetApp Insight 2009, in Athens, Greece. This time round, hotel bomb-threats aside, Microsoft were a Gold Sponsor, (VMware were still Platinum :-(), which meant not only did we have a dedicated session, to talk about the business benefits of the joint platform, not just focussing on virtualisation, but Steve and I also got the chance to deliver not one, but two technical Hyper-V & NetApp sessions, focussing on Hyper-V, System Center, SnapManager for Hyper-V and more. The change, for me, in 12 months was excellent, and to cap the year off with this joint announcement, as I indicated earlier, was the icing on the cake. NetApp, with recent innovations in the SnapManager brand, along with SnapMirror, and more recent still, ApplianceWatch, combined with dedicated NetApp-Microsoft blog resources, are really starting to show that there is a massive opportunity for joint engagement, and long may it continue.
Would I expect NetApp to drop any relationship that would be considered competitive to Microsoft? Nope! Don’t be daft! Is the relationship up to the level that they have with VMware? Time will tell on that one, but it’s a massive step forward from where we were 18 months ago, and it’ll only get stronger through this alliance.
So, on to the aim of the post!!
Webcast - Virtualize SharePoint and SQL Server Now - Maximize Efficiency and Availability with Hyper-V R2 and NetApp Are you considering running Microsoft Office SharePoint or SQL Server in a virtual environment? Join us for a live Webcast to learn how you can increase resource utilization, streamline management, and maximize uptime in your Microsoft environment. Luther Allin of Miller & Martin PLLC will also discuss how establishing a de facto standard of virtualization based on Hyper-V with NetApp storage has enabled the law firm to:
If you’d like to see what this infrastructure looks like, take a look below:
26 VMs across 3 Hyper-V R2 hosts, with SnapMirror replication across to a DR site – very nice :-) They’re also utilising the System Center suite of technologies, including SCVMM, SCOM and SCCM for comprehensive management of the insides, and outsides of the guest VMs. No sign of DPM, but that’s understandable seeing as they’re using SnapManager for Exchange and SQL. DeDupe is giving them big savings from a storage efficiency perspective. No sign of ApplianceWatch on here, but seeing as it’s a) free and b) integrated with SCOM and his current NetApp technologies, I’m sure it’s in there somewhere!
The webcast will take place tonight, 14th January, from 7pm to 8pm GMT (11am-12midday Pacific Time)
To find out more, make sure you register for the webcast here and don’t forget about the all important Data Protection Manager Webcast that’s on just before it!