It seems many are having tremendous success with their evaluation of the NetApp Virtual Storage Appliance, Data ONTAP Edge. Two quick examples include Josh Odgers who authored a fantastic post detailing the provisioning and cloning capabilities of the NetApp VSC plug-in for vCenter and Mike Ellis who quickly spun up the VSA and began tweeting 98% storage savings when deduplicating 50 Windows VMs!
Suffice to say, Edge introduces a new paradigm in terms of providing storage services and advanced data management with server hardware. Edge introduces an ability to innovate solutions that were previously thought of as unobtainable. Since it’s release I’ve received a number of emails containing out-of-this world solutions that are in the process of being developed on Data ONTAP Edge. I will share some as soon as I can – so stay tuned.
In the spirit of innovation
I have received emails from those seeking to run Edge on their laptops. Unfortunately Edge is designed to service data center workloads and as such the current release is specifically designed to run on VMware ESXi 5. I think many of us in the virtualization space are a bit spoiled with how often we can move a VM from ESXi to a laptop hypervisor like Fusion or Workstation; however, it seems this is not the case with Data ONTAP Edge.
In the spirit of innovation that surrounds edge I thought that it might be fun to see if any of the Edge eval users could make it run on a laptop. Sort of like a hack-a-thon. Note should anyone be able to pull it off the configuration would not be supported by NetApp; however, many may appreciate being able to extend the use of edge from ESXi on to their mobile platforms in order to meet a slew of new opportunities.
I wish I had time to jump into the lab and begin playing around. Alas my schedule doesn’t allow such play time. I have absolutely no idea if a ‘hack’ is as simple or for that matter even possible, but with that said who’s up for some fun?
The first person to post how to enable Edge to run on each of the VMware laptop platforms will gain riches beyond their dreams including international bragging rights, infamy throughout NetApp and as an added bonus they will receive an autographed copy of my new book, ‘Virtualization Changes Everything‘.
For those willing to take a stab at it, post your recipes in the comments section below & best of luck!
If you haven’t downloaded your copy of Data ONTAP Edge, you can do so here.