Infinio setup: Part 2 the management interface

Last week I wrote the first part for the infinio setup. I promised I would write a part two about how to create an I/O workload to put your setup Infinio environment to the test. After setting up a couple of workloads on different OS’es my Italian friend Luca Dell’Orca wrote a post on VirtualToTheCore about what to use to create I/O workloads. After reading the post “My new I/O Test Virtual Machine” I decided to change my environment to create a more trustworthy workload.

But I did want to get out another post on Infinio. As my workloads did their thing for a couple of days, I wanted to dive into the Infinio Management interface so you’ll see what I’m talking about in later blogposts ;-P

First of all you need to log on to the FQDN or IP address of the Infinio Management server through a browser. So open your favorite browser and browse to the https://FQDN or https://IP-Address configured during the setup of Infinio Accelerator.

Once the the log in screen is loaded Provide the Username and Password you provided during Setup and Press Log In.

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After log in you’ll be on the Dashboard screen which

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The Dashboard screen is defided in multiple “cards” that will give you more insite in the Infinio caching mechanism. The first will provide you a better look at the boost Infinio Provided to your NFS share. You’ll have to remember that in my case a storage boost during a peak of request, of 17 15K (around 3000 IOps) disks is a very big performance boost. And providing a deduped clustered read cache will reduce the I/O stream to your NAS dramatically and you’ll see a better write performance as well.

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The second card is Request offloaded. This card shows how many were serviced by the RAM instead of by the NAS.

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The third card is the Effective Cache Size (Deduplication). It shows the Current Cache Size as well as the 14-day peak. In my case during the deduplication benefit was about .4 x which is about 6,5 GB.

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The last card on this screen is the Datastores card. It shows a couple of things per accelerated datastore:

  • Response time improved: This is shown in With Infinio (blue line) and Without Infinio (Gray line). It shows the the response times (for reads) that were serviced with or without Infinio
  • Requests Offloaded: This metric shows the requests that are serviced by the Infinio Cache instead of from the Datastore
  • Bandwith saved: It shows the amount of bandwith that wasn’t used by servicing the I/O from the cache instead of the RAM. This metric is shown in Mb/s.

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This are the metrics you can view on the dashboard screen. Next to the Dashboard button you can find the Settings button:

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When you’ve clicked this button you’ll be in the Settings screen:

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This screen consists of two cards. First we’ll have a look at the System settings card, where three different settings can be changed:

  • Console Settings
  • Licensing
  • Support

We’ll start with the Console settings. Here you do two things:

  • Change the vCenter connection settings
    • Provide the FQDN or IP Address of your vCenter
    • Provide the administrator Username with the right vCenter privalage
    • Provide the password for this account
    • Click Change to change the vCenter Connection settings
  • Change the account password (Infinio mgmt account)
    • Provide the current password
    • Provide the new password
    • Confirm the new password
    • Click the Change Password button

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By clicking on Licensing you can evaluate your licensing options:

  • In the License Status you can view and Purchase the Infinio Accelerator Licences
  • After you received the Infinio Licences you can copy the key into the Activate License textbox and click the Active License Key button

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The third (and last) option in the System settings card is Support. Here you do the following:

  • In the File a support ticket you can Click the Button to File a support ticket, and you can find a telephone number to file a ticket as well.
  • In the Generate Diagnostic Information field you generate a bundle the will be send to the Infinio engineers, consisting of the following options:
    • Management Console logs
    • Configuration Settings
    • Performance Data
    • Accelerator VM logs
    • vCenter MOB dump

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The last availble card is the Unistall Infinio one. Here you have two options:

  1. Remove All Accelerators, which does just what it says ;-P
  2. Click Remove Individual Accelerator VM’s to get a list of hosts on which the Accelerator is installed. Here you can click Remove to remove the Accelerator from that particular Host.

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I love the simplicity of the Infinio Manager. Everything is easy to understand and is well positioned so you don’t need digg up the brains of Albert Einstein to manage the Infinio Accelerator environment. As this is still a 1.0 version it might change overtime to provide more in depth information, but for now it does what is promised “downloadable storage performance” and even more. Stay tuned for Part 3. For now I wish you all a merry Christmas! Cheerio

Infinio setup

The last couple of days I’ve spend most of my time on re-installing Infinio Accelerator 1.0. Today Infinio announced that it closed $12 million in it’s round B series, which is no surprise for me (for more information click on this link). As I was going through the preparation in my homelab this weekend I made a couple of screenshots and thought it would be a good idea to show just how easy it is to setup Infinio Accelerator.

First of all Infinio targets the NAS market. So if you’re using Blockbased storage, i’m sorry to dissapoint you, but you need to come up with another solution (Pernixdata might be a fit, although you’ll need Flash instead of RAM). Back to Infinio…

To start the installation you’ll need to sign up for a free 30-day trial. This trial can just be continued when you’ve tried Infinio this 30-day period and you’re as enthoustiastic about the software as me ;-). After you’ve signed up you’ll receive a link to download the software from one of the Infinio guys (or girls) and you’re ready to rumble.

After download unzip the file and go to the folder containing the Infinio Accelerator files, find the Infinio-setup icon and double click:

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The installer will start and in the pop-up window you’ll have to perform the following steps:

  1. Provide you’re vCenter Server FQDN or IP
  2. Provide a Administrative Username
  3. Provide the password
  4. Click Connect

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On the next page you’ll have to choose the datastore you want to accelerate:

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and after selection Click Next:

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On the next page you’ll have to verify the Infinio Accelerator resources by clicking Validate Hosts:

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On the next page you can see which hosts are compatible for Infinio Accelerator and click Continue whenever you’re up to it ;-P

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On the next page you’ll have to provide a couple of settings for the management VM, first is the host where the management VM will be hosted:

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Secondly the datastore on which the VM will be hosted (20GB of free space is needed):

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Last but not least, choose the Virtual Machine Network that will host the management VM:

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When all 3 steps are done you’re ready for step 4: Click Next!!!!

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On the next page, you need to provide more information needed by the Management VM:

  1. Provide a hostname
  2. Choose the right Network Setting (Static in my case)
  3. Provide an IP address
  4. Provide the correct subnet mask
  5. Provide the gateway
  6. Provide a DNS server
  7. Click Next

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On the next page, yet some more settings fot management VM ;-):

  1. Provide a username to log on to the management console
  2. Create a password
  3. Confirm the password
  4. Click Next

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Ont he next page you’re really ready to rumble, just click Install Infinio Accelerator and lean back:

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While the Infinio-setup will install and monitor the whole process it’s always fun to check you’re vCenter what’s happening.

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After installation 1 management VM and 1 VM per accelerated host should have been deployed. In a following post I’ll dive in to how to provide the Infinio Accelerators with an IO workload to test if what they tell is true ;-D But I’ve already seen this will not be any problem… For now, Good night for me. And whatever it might be for you. Cheerio!

Time files when you’re having fun,

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I heard an system administrator say: The problem for most of us is that users want the same flexibilty at work as they have at home. And to be honest that’s not a strange thing to ask, although, most of the time they totally forget that the data they generate for their company is highly valuable (for their company as well as their competitors) and most of the time protected under company- as well as goverment law. On the other hand, making sure that data can be shared flexible should should be important as it is makes the users more productive.

Snow(den) patrol

Companies as well as users are anxious these days where there information is stored since Edward Snowden made clear how much is being processed by government agencies (like the NSA). And still, a lot people just think and say they have nothing to hide. Although this might be true for some of their private data (certainly not all of it!), what about the data they are sharing that is company owned? Please don’t forget that it’s not only the government agencies that are more then happy with people putting their data in the cloud, hackers have a real pleasure in this as well as company data is then more easy to steal and sell to competitors… So making sure your data is save, is high priority for every company.


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Meet Oxygen Cloud’s Odrive

During Storage Field Day 4 we visited the Oxygen Cloud HQ. When we arrived and were being welcomed by all employees I had a brief discussion with Peter Chang (CEO of Oxygen Cloud) about the problems discribed above, and he smiled… My first thought was that this would be yet another cloud storage solution like dropbox, which might be great for our USA friends but would be of no use for those from outside USA… Admitted, I was totally wrong.

Here comes the odrive

Hear it coming like a sirene 😉 By installing the odrive gateway, a user can be connected by sending an email. By clicking on the link provided in the mail, a user gets an folder on their device.

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The gateway uses REST API’s to make sure the data is synced between the storage array (on premise) and the user device.The on premise part is really important here. While most other filesharing solutions are cloud storage solutions, a company can’t be sure their data is safe and still protected the way the company (and in some cases the government) has issued. Another great thin about oDrive is that data is protected from file corruption when multiple people work on the same document offline and then uploading it when they’re done. Furthermore oDrive gives the possibility for hot data to be synced and available through the progressive sync option, and still give the user the ability to put files and directories they want in sync while older (cold data) can be disclosed from sync by a user.

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So is this Filesharing Nirvana?

I think highly of the Oxygen Cloud oDrive solution. It’s a solution many of us in the EMEA (and other outside USA companies) have been waiting for. Making it easy for users to share files on an on-premise (or country local) storage solution is very important for enterprises as well as SMB. Luckily Odrive offers many features which is great, but there are a few important ones that are missing in the Beta. First of all I miss Active Directory integration. It’s awesome if you’re sharing with just a few people, but if your list becomes bigger you just want to be able to select a user in stead of filling in all those mailadresses. Second feature that is needed is the ability to make sure the data synced onto the device can be swiped asap. I know this can be done by the Apple, Google and other device vendors tooling when the device is stolen or lost, but what if a user is fired, so I want the opportunity to do this from within the application. Still I love Odrive as it promises to be a great solution.

All in all I I can’t wait for the Beta to begin (probably very soon). Make sure you sign up for it here, and when you’re missing features make sure to tell the Oxygen Cloud team, as I’m sure they are more then happy with you’re feedback.

Make sure You’ll watch the Storage Field Day 4 video’s to see the Odrive awesomeness….

Peter Chang, Founder and CEO, introduces Oxygen Cloud, beginning with its history since 2009 and setting the stage to introduce odrive.

Leo Leung, VP of Product, introduces and demonstrates Oxygen Cloud’s new oDrive product. He is joined by Peter Chang, Founder and CEO, for questions and answers.

Peter Chang, Founder and CEO, delves into Oxygen Cloud’s new oDrive product, discussing how it works in detail.

Just for fun:

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