Windows Virtual Desktop: At #Ignite2019 in Orlando, Microsoft made several interesting announcement on Windows Virtual Desktop. Freek Berson has a great post breaking down the details here. If they keep it up, one of these days might finally be the year of the virtual desktop.
Azure Bastion: Channel 9 has a good intro to Bastion hosts in #Azure. If you’re not familiar with Azure Bastion, it is a managed service using Azure scale sets that essentially is a secure way to RDP or SSH via SSL to your VMs in Azure with no public exposure. This help avoid exposing your data directly to the public.
At Ignite, Microsoft announced they added managed disk incremental snapshots. Zerto leverages the managed disks incremental snapshot feature for replication from Azure.
I’m part of the Global Alliances team at Zerto. We are responsible for the Microsoft relationship and get to collaborate with the Zerto Product teams and Azure Product teams to bring new features to the market.
The Zerto product teams have been working hard for several months with Microsoft to get the incremental snapshot feature developed. The Azure storage team is great to work with as a partner. They actually listen to partner needs and develop APIs and functionality to meet those needs. At Ignite, I did a presentation of how Zerto uses the Incremental Snapshot feature in Raman Kumar’s THR3114 Migrate and protect your production applications running on Azure Disks.
This is an important feature to Zerto because Zerto doesn’t have agents in the virtual machines so Zerto needs Azure storage and their APIs to act more like a enterprise storage in order to track changes.
I also did a short demo in the session and I protected three servers with multiple disks from vSphere to Azure using Premium Managed disks then failed them over to Azure. I also set up reverse protection from Azure back to vSphere.
Below, we see the VMs and the multiple Premium SSD Managed disks as well as the Snapshots. The way that the incremental snapshots work is they are constantly updating and snapshotting only the incremental data to be more efficient. For example, in the image below of the Azure Portal during the protection from Azure to vSphere, the older snapshot’s data has been deleted due to a newer snapshot tracking that data. Eventually the oldest snapshot will be deleted as the Zerto protection continues.
To move back to
vSphere from Azure, we use the Move command.
I select my VPG that
is replicating from Azure to vSphere.
I keep the Reverse
Protection on so once the VMs are back in vSphere, they automatically replicate
back to Azure.
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And watch the move
automatically deallocate from Azure.
The VMs are moved
and running in vSphere with protection automatically set up to Azure.
The new incremental snapshot feature helps Zerto complete the move in and move out of Azure scenarios.
Ignite 2019 in Orlando FL was a great conference for Zerto.
What a week at Ignite. I had a combination of being a session attendee, a presenter and we had a lot of great partner meetings.
The sessions at Ignite were good as usual and I liked how they had more theater sessions on the show floor. Some takeaways for me were:
Azure VMware Solutions (AVS) or VMware on Azure, is going to be a big deal. We had so many conversations with companies that thought this will be a good solution for them it reminded me of the early days of VMware virtualization when it finally went from test lab only use to everyone deciding to put it in production as a proven solution.
AI and ML is only going to grow in enterprises as Microsoft and partners are working to make it easier to implement. I attended a couple of sessions where they demoed using reusable and downloadable ML models to speed up your design/implantation time.
Containers are quickly becoming normalized for enterprise use cases.