The team from IBM's Advanced Technology Support, Europe have done it again! Their free Webinar Series on Power Systems Virtualisation from IBM has another contribution from Nigel Griffiths, (a.k.a. Mr NMon). This presentation is on Shared Storage Pools from Experience - a kind of walk through of where the rubber hits the road. On the PowerVM Virtualisation Webinar Series Wiki, scroll down to Session 13: Shared Storage Pools ... from Experience.
As you probably know, Shared Storage Pools allow you to have a large single chunk of storage allocated to multiple Virtual I/O Servers and then leave you to manage how that storage is cut up for the virtual clients (the AIX logical partitions). That makes for fast provisioning of storage, which removes a common roadblock in projects. With Shared Storage Pools, you can reduce the storage provisioning time down from weeks to ... seconds!
The webinar is not a sales pitch. It's a techie's take that steps you through:
- VIOS prerequisites
- creating a cluster
- thin provisioning
- Live Partition Mobility
- a cheat sheet for SSP commands
... and a whole lot more. There's a presentation which you can download. It includes very helpful diagrams and screenshots. If you have the time, download the 1 hour webinar session, to hear Mr NMon himself. And who can resist downloading the SSP commands cheat sheet? (It's colour-coded, too!)
Finally, I'd encourage you to register for the Webinar series via the PowerVM Wiki. You get an email alert each month to advise you of the upcoming topic, and you can watch the presentation live, participate in surveys and so on.
.. and a Plug for Twitter
Maybe you, like me - and many other AIXers - are of a certain age and are sceptical of the benefits of social networking, especially via Facebook and Twitter. Well, I have to say that I have found Twitter a great source of valuable, timely information on AIX. You don't have to follow every last celebrity, but I would encourage you to sign up, if only to follow a few of my favourite AIX celebrities, all of whom deserve more of a following than Lady Gaga, IMHO:
Nicolette McFadden, the most prolific AIX tweeter in Social Media land
and my Aussie compatriot,
So much for some of the celebrities in AIX twitter space!
If you're really keen, you could
follow me on Twitter, too.