What are the current trends in the Container Ecosystem

Containers have had a growing use over the last year, in part because they provide applications with a lightweight, constrained environment that makes them easy to migrate, scale up and scale down across different hardware. They make it easier for developers to have a reliable environment for their software.

However one of the things that seems to be hindering containers right now is not the technology but its skill sets. In other words there’s people who are not probably aware of what containers can do and not able to take advantage of the season enterprises that want to get into it. They just don’t have the people around to do that. So, how do we build good container developers, good container architects?

How to build experts in containers

When you look at a Cluster Manager and the idea of Google’s infrastructure for everyone else, it’s really helpful to take a look at what Google’s operational model is. They have this segmentation of like Operating System ops, cluster ops and then application ops. The cluster ops layer feels like you know an area where there should be some more industry-wide emphasis on skill set specialization but the truth is there shouldn’t have to be a huge team managing thousand nodes of kubernetes cluster for example.

It can be a pretty small team. What ends up happening there is that the traditional DevOps skill sets move up to where they get to really stay close to the developers and focus on serve application-level concerns, monitoring and telemetry and how to do canaries and stuff like that.

There’s a lot of value-added but you really until you view that Cluster Manager layer, as you know for most traditional ops background like just assume that API is going to be there, it is going to be stable for you and you don’t have to worry about it too much.

The thing about the operation people in general is that things are always changing and are changing faster. I remember like five years ago were all trying to memorize all this cloud acronyms. Now it’s like starting again. Replication controllers, Pods and all of this kind of stuff.

15 years ago a developer was doing something very similar. There are new frameworks sometimes there is a new language community embraces. Operation people used to have a revolution every five years, now it’s like every 18 months.

Containers are being adopted so fast. From one point of view it’s like we need to make an effort to get people up to speed with these and train, and on the other hand it’s like just seems to become more and more the nature of this industry. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be any real slow down. Docker started existing essentially less than two years ago. Maybe moving fast is good but for sure one of the tradeoffs is you need to train people, they need to relearn things very often and it’s hard to find people that are skilled.

Incrementalism on the infrastructure side is one way forwards

One of the ways in which it might be possible to help operation’s people adopt to containers is by building bridges between systems that they are currently operating and the systems which the developers are demanding.

At the time being we are all talking industry about the future of containers replacing Virtual Machines and just rolling out completely commodity infrastructure and running container clusters on that. But that’s really scary to an ops person and enterprise because they have already got networking setup they like, they have got the storage setup they like, and so on. There is definitely a scope to integrate the tools in a way that makes sense to the enterprise ops person.

Enterprise owners report that they need to adopt cloud and basically they got that out into the enterprise and they got the developers over on the cloud system, and then they brought in containers on top of that and they brought in new data systems. They brought in lots of different things that keep layering on top of it. So we are changing so fast that enterprises are saturated with change, they just can’t seem to change anymore. Does this mean that

 We have development challenges inside of enterprises?

Micro-kernels seem to be the next thing. It’s compelling to go and understand how micro-kernels work and compiling applications using it. This evolution of this disruptive technology where we are all hooked on it and it is accelerating and it’s disruptive and it creates new business models and new opportunities.

One of the problems that is just kind of blocking adoption today is the idea of composite applications which is a real problem facing enterprises. This means how you bundle up manifested references for series of source images and as a community to use kind of a decentralized get back to model to share best practices for modeling workloads that can actually run.

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Using Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

To demonstrate restoring to Azure, we take a backup file that’s uploaded before and restore it after the initial configuration with Veeam direct restore to Microsoft Azure. Restoring a backup of a desktop as a Virtual Machine into Microsoft Azure you can do the following.

After connecting through RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to the Virtual Machine, you can start the feature with the icon on the desktop. You will receive the theme recovery appliance for Microsoft Azure window. You will notice a few options: Restore, Advanced mode, Configuration and How To.

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Configuration

Configuration only has to be done the first time and anytime you want to switch or add a subscription. In the initial configuration wizard press “Next” on the welcome page. On the license agreement page select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and press “Next”. On the subscription page you’re going to need to add your publish settings file as you can see there is a URL on that page that will guide you to it where you can retrieve the specific file. Press on that URL.

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You will be guided to a log in screen where you have to “Sign in” with the credentials for your specific subscription. After signing in a download will be initiated for that publish settings file. Save it somewhere on the Virtual Machine.

Now go back to the wizard and browse to select the downloaded file and then press “Next”. On the summary page press “Finish” to enter the initial configuration.

Restore

Press the “Restore” button. On the select backup file to restore window, select the file that you uploaded before. The backup file will be read to see what the contents are. After that select the Virtual Machine (“VM name”) you want to restore and press the “Restore” button.

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A new wizard will open to allow you to choose all the necessary configuration for the Virtual Machine you’re going to deploy in Microsoft Azure.

First you will notice your “Subscription” that you added through the published settings file.

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Second you will need to choose the azure data center location where you want to deploy it. On the next page you can choose the Virtual Machine size (“VM size”). By pressing “Edit” you will be able to select the correct size for your Virtual Machine depending on the configuration you had before. You can also select a specific storage account if you have multiple accounts. If necessary you can exclude (“Exclusions”) discs of this Virtual Machine if it would have had multiple disks attached.

On the “Cloud Service” page you can make a change to the original name including the possibility to add a Prefix or Suffix, and you also need to choose in which cloud service you’re going to deploy this Virtual Machine or even create a completely new cloud service.

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Note the “Endpoint” board that you need to make a decision on to be sure you can RDP to the Virtual Machines afterwards. Also note that automatically we provide you with the link you need to RDP to the Virtual Machine after restore.

On the “Network” page you can choose to which network you want to connect the Virtual Machine, this will be a configured network already existing in your Azure subscription. On the “Reasons” page provide a reason and press next. Finally review your selections and go back to the wizard if necessary or continue to start the restore.

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When the restore is done and successful you can close the wizard and get back to the feature. Now let’s have a look at Azure subscription where you can see your Virtual Machine running.

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When you go to “All Items” you can see your Virtual Machine running. By clicking on your Virtual Machine you can see the activity in “DASHBOARD”. You can also see more information such as the public IP in case you need it. You can use that information to connect to the desktop that you just restored.

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What Today’s Enterprises Think of Cloud Disaster Recovery

A  Cloud Disaster Recovery survey concluded that 9 out of 10 IT firms are confident in their disaster recovery in the cloud solution compared to 74% enterprises that use in premises disaster recovery.

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96 percent of the 403 surveyed IT companies reported having a disaster recovery strategy. About 50 percent of the respondents reported using at least some aspects of the cloud, with 41 percent using cloud and premises, and other 9 percent using only a cloud disaster recovery solution. 46 percent have physical based or on-premises disaster recovery and 4 percent with no disaster recovery solutions at all.

More than 50 percent of the companies surveyed reported having outage (downtime event) for at least 8 hours in the last five years. For every 24 hours of downtime, in the case of outage, two-thirds of the companies reported a loss of $20,000, with other 8 percent reporting that they would lose over $500,000.

Cloud disaster recovery is regarded by many as a strategy of preparing for a natural catastrophic event. Yet the most occurring reasons for the downtime included human error, virus or malware attacks, power outages and hardware error.

From respondent testimonials, the survey predicts that one third of the companies will update their disaster recovery in the next year.

More than half of the companies graded reliability as the most important aspect, followed by the speed of recovery, cost, usability and simplicity when shopping for a disaster recovery solution.

Despite their confidence about a disaster recovery solution, about a third of the companies believe that they are difficult to handle while the rest believe that disaster recovery solutions are too expensive.

Difficulty in use of disaster recovery solutions may factor in its slow adoption the survey noted, as two in five companies don’t have one.

40 percent of the companies test their disaster recovery plans once a year, 26 percent once every quarter, and six percent once every month. Six percent never test them at all, while nearly a quarter of the firms test them rarely.

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Pick the Right Cloud Storage Service with StoneFly

Microsoft offers Hybrid Cloud specialized application in Azure. Despite the wide range presence of Hybrid Cloud providers world round, Azure is made specially to meet enterprise needs, reports the executive vice president of Microsoft Corp, Scott Guthrie. Cloud technology

Hybrid Cloud enables enterprises to manage massive datacenters on which their business operates. Microsoft Azure is empowered with 38 cloud regions deployed in different geographical locations around the world, more than Google and Amazon Web Services Inc. Hybrid Clouds combined.

450 out of 500 companies are running their production software on Azure. Of those are Adobe, SAP and DocuSign that run their cloud applications on Azure. Motive for this turnout is the level of security and compliance certifications that Azure enjoys, more than any other cloud vendor in the market.

In addition to Mesosphere DCOS and Docker Swarm, Microsoft recently added support for Kubernetes orchestration to Azure’s hybrid capabilities. This will enable users to establish applications that use containers and scale and manage them in whatever framework they prefer.

Currently Azure is supporting both Microsoft and Linux operating systems. Governments, Military, public sector and over 75% of the large banks around the world are Azure customers.

Now in its eighth generation, StoneFly offers world-class storage technology on the cloud that’s integrated with Microsoft Azure’s Cloud computing platform. Of StoneFly’s integrated Microsoft Azure strengths are the competencies it offers to enterprises to extend their software infrastructure and storage with remote OS boot from the cloud and the provisioning of datastores for physical or virtual environments (such as VMware and Hyper-V).

With Stonefly’s cloud storage on Microsoft Azure you can easily add storage capacities to your server or workstation in a matter of minutes without the need to invest in storage appliances. Provision Flash, disk or hybrid storage as per your enterprise requirements on either local block level, cloud or remote iSCSI storage level. Stonefly’s cloud storage on Microsoft Azure is great for databases managed by SQL or Oracle RAC.

StoneFly’s iSCSI storage for Microsoft Azure is accessible with all the advanced data storage management options including, Asynchronous replication, mirroring and data deduplication. Optional data redundancy services are offered that are up to the end-user’s choice, with a minimum of 3 synchronous copies of your data within Azure’s datacenters hundreds of miles away.

StoneFly offers scalable cloud storage services with Scale Out NAS enabling enterprises to add nodes as their business grows without any impacts on performance. Azure’s storage capacity constraints are bypassed when using StoneFly’s Scale Out NAS Cloud Storage

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Veeam+StoneFly+Azure Cloud Turnkey Solution Webinar now on YouTube

For those who missed the Webinar on Veeam+StoneFly+Azure Cloud Turnkey Solution for Enterprise Backup & Disaster Recovery, here’s a YouTube video link which describes the procedure on configuring Veeam Cloud Connect using StoneFly Cloud Drive with Scale Out NAS storage on Microsoft Azure.

A briefing on Webinar content

Veeam and Microsoft have partnered with StoneFly to offer state-of-the-art storage options leveraging StoneFly’s Scale Out NAS Cloud Storage in Azure.

On its own, Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise (VCC-E) Virtual Machines in Azure are limited in their storage capacity, making it necessary to implement additional scale out solutions.

Based on the many requests for additional storage space, methods, or other solutions to add flexibility to the storage options available to the enterprise customer in Microsoft Azure—Veeam, StoneFly and Microsoft have teamed up to offer the ultimate backup and disaster recovery solution.

For more details just catch up with the YouTube video.

Note- StoneFly organized a live Webinar on July 21,2016 at 11:00 AM PDT

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Online seminar on Veeam+StoneFly+Azure Cloud turnkey solution for Enterprise Backup & Disaster Recovery

StoneFly has obliged the requests of its product patrons, resellers & Veeam customers and is re-hosting a webinar on Veeam + StoneFly+Azure cloud integration to offer a turnkey solution for Enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery.

The webinar will be hosted on July 21st, 2016 at 11:00am (PDT)

Enterprise Storage Expert Mo Tahmasebi will help you learn how Veeam and Microsoft have partnered with StoneFly to offer state-of-the-art storage options leveraging StoneFly’s Scale Out NAS Cloud Storage in Azure.

Online Seminar content in brief

Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise (VCC-E) Virtual Machines in Azure are limited in their storage capacity, making it necessary to implement additional scale out solutions. Based on the many requests for additional storage space, methods, or other solutions to add flexibility to the storage options available to the enterprise customer in Microsoft Azure — Veeam, StoneFly and Microsoft have teamed up to offer the ultimate backup and disaster recovery solution.

By combining Veeam and StoneFly solutions, customers can bypass the capacity size constraints within Azure, quickly and easily add more capacity without sacrificing performance and throughput, and best of all, manage multiple Cloud Drive nodes with just a single interface.

Click the link of StoneFly for registering yourself for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Webinar on Veeam+StoneFly+Azure Cloud Turnkey Solution for Enterprise Backup & Disaster Recovery

Join StoneFly’s Enterprise Storage Expert Mo Tahmasebi and learn how Veeam and Microsoft have partnered with StoneFly to offer state-of-the-art storage options leveraging StoneFly’s Scale Out NAS Cloud Storage in Azure.

Webinar will be held on July 14,2016 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Click the link of StoneFly for registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar details in brief

Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise (VCC-E) Virtual Machines in Azure are limited in their storage capacity, making it necessary to implement additional scale out solutions. Based on the many requests for additional storage space, methods, or other solutions to add flexibility to the storage options available to the enterprise customer in Microsoft Azure — Veeam, StoneFly and Microsoft have teamed up to offer the ultimate backup and disaster recovery solution.

By combining Veeam and StoneFly solutions, customers can bypass the capacity size constraints within Azure, quickly and easily add more capacity without sacrificing performance and throughput, and best of all, manage multiple Cloud Drive nodes with just a single interface.

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Here’s a reliable IP Camera Storage calculator from DNF Security

If you are searching for an IP camera storage calculator which is reliable enough to quench all your video surveillance system needs, then DNF Security offers a software tool exclusively for you.

An IP Camera Bandwidth and Disk Space calculator helps to calculate required network traffic and storage space for your network camera based video surveillance system and this is just what the DNF Security Online IP Camera Storage Calculator does.

You need to just select a resolution and compression level of your IP camera and enter other details such as FPS, number of cameras, video quality, average frame size, frame rate per camera, hours each camera will record, desired days of storage per camera and then the estimated storage requirement along with bandwidth need will be presented to you.

In order to avoid, spammers and undesired traffic to this calculating tool, DNF Security follows a protocol. The user needs to just input details like Name and Email address in order to directly proceed to the IP Camera calculating tool.

DNF Security IP Camera Storage Calculator

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School District in California goes for StoneFly Hyper Converged USS!

StoneFly, Inc., a Silicon Valley based company offering simple and affordable enterprise solutions was recently approached by a School District which was looking to upgrade its current server and storage environments. The California based educational institution was searching for a suitable technology which could free the department from slow performance and ever growing need for capacity crisis and provide more elastic solution with low CapEx & OpEx.

The School District was using Tier1 storage and the warranty extension of the legacy equipment and the OpEx over the equipment was proving way too expensive. So, they were in search of new solutions that can not only prove elastic and flexible, but can also help them consolidate and virtualize their data center.

The experienced sales team of StoneFly recommended to them StoneFly’s Hyper Converged USS solution which could consolidate the school district’s data center into one redundant and highly available appliance. StoneFly Unified Storage & Server is an all in one hyper converged appliance which has computing, storage, virtualization and networking intelligence embedded into one easy to manage appliance which is highly scalable in future.

Consequently, users can shrink their data center footprint, by replacing their servers and storage environment with a single USS. The solution not only helps them in resizing their data center, but also brings a lot of savings– well appreciated by school board.

Hyper Converged USS runs on StoneFly’s patented StoneFusion operating system which is fully virtualized, offers features such as Tiered Storage, deduplication, thin provisioning, synchronous & asynchronous replication, full self back up and disaster recovery, private and public cloud connector for hybrid solution.

The Unified Storage and Server appliance includes a Virtual SAN Storage Appliance (SCVM™) and the ability to create additional Virtual Storage or Servers as needed. By migrating existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly USS appliance, users can greatly reduce their hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.

Furthermore, StoneFly offers reliable and affordable storage solutions which are available at a fraction of cost from other suppliers. Therefore, all those SMBs which are having tight IT budgets but are compelled to go for forklift upgrade (for reasons) can make merry when they approach StoneFly.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly USS

 

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Video Surveillance in vehicles!

As governments are growing increasingly concerned over security in transportation segment, the in-vehicle security surveillance market is taking the spotlight with its rapid expansion. And in order to adapt to diverse settings, surveillance products designed for vehicles are showing four main characteristics which are High definition, network connectivity, intelligence and product specialization.

With HD surveillance driving the security industry to set higher standards, technological advances are fueling a new generation of products. Performance and image quality have become the main focus in product development for vehicle security. In the process, new business opportunities are also being explored.

As the demand for better image quality is increasing, high-definition cameras are cementing their place in the digital world. But the usage of in-vehicle surveillance cameras with HD quality is also mounting the need for high end data recording and storage solutions in vehicles such as cars and public, private and commercial transport.

DNF Security’s fanless series PC’s incorporate powerful hardware components such as Intel® 3rd-Gen i7/i5 processors, High speed DDR3 memory and Enterprise class hard drives to offer extraordinary computing power, fanless architecture and reliable operation in various environments that require a small footprint system.

This solution proves ideal to be used as a surveillance recording and storage tool for in-vehicle HD cameras. Whether they are dash cams, cameras mounted at the front and backend of fleet vehicles, or HD cameras deployed in public transport vehicles, DNF Security Fanless solutions acts as perfect computing solutions.

They are quieter to operate, compact in size, energy efficient, and also keep dust and moisture at bay.

For more product information, please contact DNF Security Falcon Fanless PCs or call 510.265.1122.

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