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HyperIP Series – You Asked About vMotions Over Global Networks….

Posted by Marketing

Storage vMotion is different from “vMotion” where your storage stays the same and you change hosts, or “live storage vMotion” where the host is the same and you change the datastore. The storage vMotion I’m talking about is changing both the host and datastore. Storage vMotion works great on a LAN, but performing it over a WAN is a whole different story.

If you have ever tried to Storage vMotion your virtual machines over a WAN, I’m guessing it didn’t work so well. Most who try to do this are not able to. Why, you ask? Because over a WAN the native TCP stack on your ESX(i) hosts will start to back down. You’ll be lucky to complete a small storage vMotion over moderate distance in several hours, if at all. We have several customers who have tried this natively and have run into problems.  Now they use HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance to mitigate performance issues making long distance vMotion a reality.

One of our customers, a large ‘financial’ enterprise level corporation, has been using HyperIP for their storage vMotions for well over a year now. When they first realized they had a need to migrate VM’s over their WAN, they would start a storage vMotion at the end of the day, expecting it to be completed when they came into the office the next day.  What they found is that in almost all attempts, the vMotion failed. They installed HyperIP and instantly they were vMotioning thousands of VM’s over their WAN between data centers. Last time we spoke to them, they had storage vMotioned over 1200 VM’s using HyperIP. They now do this on a regular basis. Before HyperIP they were lucky to get a single vMotion to finish.

Being able to move a VM at high speed anywhere in the world at anytime can have a profound impact on the way you do business and the way that your IT infrastructure is built and managed. You can build and configure VM’s locally at your corporate IT data center and HyperIP storage vMotion them out to where they need to go. If you are consolidating data centers or branch offices, you’ll need to move those VM’s over your WAN, or even a small internet link. If your organization is building dozens, hundreds, or thousands of VM’s, you’ll want to use HyperIP to move them.

In conclusion, HyperIP is downloadable, easy to implement, has a very small VM footprint, is inexpensive, and most important of all is absolutely necessary to storage vMotion your VM’s over a WAN. Download HyperIP now to start your free 30 day evaluation to take advantage your new ability to storage vMotion your VM’s anywhere in the world. Click the big orange box above to start the download process.

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HyperIP Series – You Asked About Multiple Interfaces….

Posted by DaveHuhne

Everybody tells me this is going to be easy so I’m finally going to try HyperIP. Now let me see again where is the HyperIP website. Okay I’ve downloaded the OVF file, now what? Oh yeah, I need to watch the HyperIP Support Tutorial videos on their website. Very cool, these HyperIP guys sure try and make it easy for us rookies. I like that.

Now what’s next? Oh install the Virtual Appliance on my virtual platform (VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V) and start configuring. Makes sense. Wait a moment it looks like I need management and data ports. I only have one NIC on my server. Hmmm… what do I do now?

We’ve heard this type of story a few times and want to take this opportunity to clarify some interface points. HyperIP has two interfaces; a data and management port. The data interface is used for all traffic using the HyperIP tunnel and may also be used to manage HyperIP. The management port is available when a separate management network is required. If the management interface is used, be sure to set up routing in the HyperIP so traffic takes the proper path.

Okay I have my management and data ports configured and am having trouble sending any traffic, what’s up? The most common issue we’ve seen here is from the interfaces being on the same network. The management and data ports cannot exist on the same subnet. If a second subnet is not available, use only the data port in your configuration.

Okay I have my management port pointing out the WAN and the data port on the LAN, why aren’t the HyperIPs able to communicate? The HyperIPs only talk to each other on the data interfaces. No traffic flows between the data and management ports.

Okay I have the two interfaces configured on the networks that will be sending traffic across HyperIP and only some servers can communicate. Why is that? HyperIP acts like a one-armed router where traffic using HyperIP comes in, and is sent out, on the same data interface. The data interface will be used for servers and storage that will utilize HyperIP. If the HyperIP cannot be placed in the same network as the servers and storage, routes or access lists can be used in routers to direct traffic at HyperIP.

Alright I have both interfaces configured to the same VLAN and one NIC card. That should work shouldn’t it? The data and management interfaces cannot be on the same network. In this situation, only use the data interface for traffic and management. You will need to set user access to allow a browser on the data port.

Well I think that has answered my management questions.
Thanks very much HyperIP.


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When gambling many times the River Card does not help ….

Posted by Marketing

An enterprise online gaming company uses HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance for global replication acceleration. The company started off using the HyperIP appliance, liked it so much that they migrated to the virtual version of HyperIP which in their environment runs on VMware ESXi. For them, the HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance solution is very cost effective, very easy to implement and provides the ability to scale with software as transfer requirements increase. Everybody likes a little investment protection, right?

So what problem was this company trying to solve? Like many other global enterprises they were challenged with their disaster recovery processes. They used the public internet to move terabytes of data during replication but found it increasingly difficult to meet recovery time objectives as mandated by their disaster recovery plans. The public internet was much less expensive than dedicated circuits but was hampered by latency, packet loss and out of order issues. The company also wanted to reduce their transfer windows, and at the same time deliver more efficient use of current WAN resources, and control bandwidth costs.

The customer uses EMC SRDF/A between sites and added Oracle DataGuard as a second replication application between sites. They tested Oracle DataGuard without informing anyone from NetEx and as expected, HyperIP worked like a charm. The point is, it is pretty easy to add additional applications to operate with HyperIP.

Did the customer try any other WAN Optimization solutions? Yes they tried Riverbed Steelhead appliances but decided to keep using HyperIP because of the significant performance advantage and the cost effectiveness of the software solution.

At the end of the day HyperIP helped this online gaming customer reduce replication, backups and migrations time frames by as much as 60%. The fact that HyperIP was a VMware Ready solution is extremely important to this customer. With a HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance solution the customer is happy with the ease of deployment, lost cost, ease of support and maintenance, ease of integration into their existing virtual environment, including the speed of deployment of newly created virtual machines.

This customer is very satisfied with their HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance solution.

Portions of this case study are sourced from:
TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Hospitality Company

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Goes together like PB & J

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Here is a brief success story about a Financial Services Company that uses HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance to optimize their Veeam Backup & Replication.

The company uses a DS3 circuit between data centers and carves out an 8 Mb MPLS circuit for replication and SQL log file transfers. Packet loss and excessive latency was causing poor application performance.

From a high level standpoint, they wanted to improve Veeam Backup & Replication performance, reduce bandwidth costs by using their existing WAN more efficiently, and provide a disaster recovery program that they could rely upon.

HyperIP was downloaded from the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace (VAM) and installed on two existing VMware servers. In a very short period of time the customer’s IT architect installed HyperIP  and shortly thereafter was optimizing the Veeam Backup & Replication. Citrix WANscaler was also tested but the customer selected HyperIP for a variety of reasons:

Using a virtual infrastructure and virtual appliance provided ease of deployment, low cost of deployment, ease of integration into the existing infrastructure and the speed of deployment for newly created virtual machines.

For this customer it was extremely important that HyperIP was certified as VMware Ready versus other products. Customer Quotation – IT Infrastructure engineer:

“HyperIP did what I needed it to do at a fraction of the cost of the competition. Ease of implementation, good documentation, and pleasant experiences with support. HyperIP reduced the time to replicate VMware VMs by more than 80% while using less bandwidth. It was easy to implement due to good documentation and responsive tech support. The cost of increasing bandwidth was significantly higher than the cost of HyperIP.”

So with HyperIP and Veeam Backup & Replication this company has a replication (disaster recovery) solution they are happy with, are getting better WAN throughput and performance and are reducing costs by leveraging their existing infrastructure.

Download and test HyperIP for yourself at – http://www.netex.com/hyperip/evaluation-request

Portions of this case study are sourced from:
TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Financial Services Company


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Riverbed Asked the Question, HyperIP Responded…

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In a recent blog Riverbed challenged other WAN optimization vendors to answer the question “Do competitors’ products work as well as Riverbed?” Well, since they asked, the answer is yes. In fact, HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance works better than Riverbed.

First off, Riverbed poses the question of WAN optimization support for all important applications. We find it somewhat humorous that Riverbed would ask such a question about competitors’ application support when HyperIP has long set the standard in the industry for the broadest support in accelerating critical replication and backup applications of any WAN optimizer and does this with a virtual appliance (software). HyperIP accelerates replication applications from CA, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Quantum, Veeam and many more. A full list of supported applications can be found at http://www.netex.com/hyperip/supported-applications. In addition, NetEx is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and HyperIP is ideal for supercharging vMotion and Storage vMotion migration over the WAN. HyperIP also supports Hyper-V live migrations over the WAN.

Riverbed also asked if other vendor’s products are useful for all their requirements. This is probably the wrong question to ask, as many customers don’t have a critical need to accelerate the movement of Microsoft Office documents between a central data center and branch offices. Or speed up their VOIP apps. Most companies don’t want to pay for products that they will not use. A better question is to ask how a product performs for business critical replication and disaster recovery requirements to meet specific Recovery Time Objectives.

Assuming that its products are the only WAN optimizers that people actually like, Riverbed then wants to know if other customers are happy with the vendor’s products. Well, I can’t speak for other companies but I know NetEx customers are very happy with HyperIP. In fact, more and more of our customers are choosing HyperIP over Riverbed. Take a look at our TechValidate research page for HyperIP customer testimonials. You’ll seem that many customers tried Riverbed and selected HyperIP instead.

Finally, Riverbed makes the claim that less-expensive products aren’t up to the task and wonders why competitive products are cheaper in the first place? With HyperIP by NetEx the answer is simple. HyperIP is deployed as a software-only virtual appliance running on VMware. There is no need for customers to waste precious IT budget dollars on expensive, proprietary Riverbed hardware that can’t be upgraded or installed in minutes anywhere in the world. Riverbed needs to understand that the purchase price isn’t the only component of product cost equation. HyperIP allows users to migrate to higher network speeds with a simple software key upgrade, no forklift hardware upgrade, no waiting weeks or months to get the hardware appliance ordered, delivered, installed and configured. To answer Riverbed’s question, HyperIP is a cost-effective WAN Optimization solution that was designed to deliver the performance of a hardware WAN optimizer but with the customer cost savings of server virtualization and the deployment speed, simplicity and flexibility of a virtual server appliance.

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