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Our VMware Cloud Infrastructure

Introduction to Managed Cloud

Entity Data has been providing Virtual Server solutions in Australia for almost 10 years and in that time we've learnt what it takes to design, maintain and support a mission critical virtual environment. We're an official VMware Partner and one of just a few companies officially recognized by VMware as a Virtualisation Service Provider in Australia.

Brief Introduction to Virtualisation

Virtualisation is a technique of splitting up the physical resources of a computer system and creating multiple "Virtual Servers". Each Virtual Server is completely independent of the other instances and can run it's own Operating System and Applications. The nature of virtualisation allows for very fast migration, recovery and failover of virtual servers between hardware nodes.

The Virtualisation technology that we use

Our infrastructure is supported by the latest hypervisor technologies from VMware. We're currently running VMware vSphere 5.5, the worlds leading virtual platform for enterprise environments. VMware vSphere ensures complete isolation of resources between virtual environments resulting in the most robust virtualisation solution for your applications.

Redundancy and High Availability

Our infrastructure is highly available on both computing and disk infrastructures. Virtual resources are implemented within a highly available HA/Cloud cluster while the disk environment is protected in a highly available SAN. HA provides the industry-highest level of Virtual Server infrastructure availability by leveraging on a fully-redundant clustered/cloud platform. This ensures that in the event that a Virtual Server hardware node fails, the Virtual Server is then re-located to another hardware node. This service provides exceptional redundancy removing risk of physical component failure. vMotion technology allows us to migrate virtual servers live between hardware nodes without any interruption to the guest virtual machine.

Load Balancing and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS)

DRS (distributed resource scheduling) extends on the HA capability above by adding the ability for the Virtual Server to dynamically move within the cluster allowing processing power to be balanced. This migration occurs as an online real-time vMotion of the Virtual Server ensuring no disruption to the Virtual Server. This feature ensures that processing power will always be available when it's needed by your applications.

All about our Servers

The foundation of our VMware Cloud infrastructure are our Dell Poweredge® R720 and R620 servers consisting of Quad Intel Xeon® E5 10-Core CPU's, 256GB's LVRDIMM 1600MHz Memory, and Redundant Power Supplies that are fed independently from separate PDU's/UPS's. Four NIC's are in use on each node (two NIC's carrying management and backup traffic and two carrying virtual machine VLAN's) trunked across multiple switches for redundancy.

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New hardware nodes being installed into Entity Data cabinets.

All about Storage and our Storage Area Network (SAN)

One of the most critically important design elements of a virtual environment is how storage is presented to virtual servers. Entity Data use only RAID-10 15,000 RPM Serial Attached SCSI disks for hosting virtual machines. Our Storage Area Network uses EqualLogic PS6010 iSCSI storage arrays connected to hardware nodes in a multi-pathed 10GbE configuration. Our iSCSI traffic has been completely isolated onto separate layer-2 switches for optimal performance. We can confidently say that we'll provide the fastest disk I/O possible by today's standards or your money back.

Network connectivity and our Data Centre Facilities

We own and operate our own multi-homed Cisco designed network (AS 56057), and peer with a large number of premium transit providers including Uecomm, Vocus, AAPT, Optus and PIPE Networks. Our network is built for maximum resiliency and blistering fast performance!

Entity Data has an exceptional reputation for delivering reliable and high-speed network connectivity to our data centres; having maintained network availability above 99.999% for the last 5 years.

Console access and web portals

Entity Data provide true out-of-bound console access to customers. This means that in the event you need to watch your server boot or need to fix a network misconfiguration you can simply login via the vSphere GUI.

How we handle backups

Despite countless redundancies at the virtualisation level we still recognise the importance of backups. We have powerful backup technology in place leveraging the VMware vStorage API. This allows for agent-less backups of customer virtual machines over the management network to prevent degradation of network performance.

Traffic statistics via netflow

Customers have access to a proprietary web portal and can monitor incoming and outgoing data traffic from their server live, 24 hours per day. Email alerts are also sent when 80% and 100% of quotas are reached.

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