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Intel and VSAN Team Up At EMC World

At EMC World 2015, Intel brought serious game to the industry's largest storage show -- demonstrating a slick, all-flash 32-node VSAN configuration -- complete with a cool, animated bezel.

In initial testing, the configuration shows ~3.25 million IOPS for 4K random reads, and an impressive ~2 million IOPS with a 70r/30w 4K random mix.  Amazing performance in a single, dense rack designed to support 3200 VMs.

You could almost feel the "drool factor" as people crowded around to ask questions about the configuration.  Our CEO Pat Gelsinger even stopped by for a quick photo!

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Click here for more details on this powerful combination of Intel and VMware technology.

 

VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in Now Available

The VMware Virtual SAN team is proud to announce the general availability of the new VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in.

The Health Check Plug-in was created to address one of the pain points many storage solution suffer from - hardware health and configuration - and VSAN is no different in that respect. The Health Check Plug-in will address this issue and in the same time maintain one of Virtual SAN’s core benefits  – keeping things simple. The simplicity aspect comes into effect in two ways:

  • It's a simple vCenter plug-in seamlessly integrating with the rest of the vCenter UI - maintaining the single pane of glass benefit
  • It provides clear and detailed warnings and alerts including suggested ways to solve issues when they appear

Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in implements several checks including:

  • Hardware Compatibility - scans your VSAN cluster and detects components not on HCL. Also will make sure you have the right drivers and firmware
  • Networking Configuration - checks for potential hosts getting disconnected, cluster partitioning and other network related issues
  • Limits Health - makes sure the cluster stays operational in cases like a host failure
  • Storage Device Health - checks for disk capacity issues, congestion, metadata health and other potential device problems
  • Virtual Machines Objects health - checks for objects metadata health, and other potential object complications

Overview screen of Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in:

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In addition to the ongoing monitoring of the Virtual SAN 6 cluster health, the Health Check Plug-in enables a set of proactive tests like:

  • VM creation
  • Storage Performance
  • Multicast Performance

Check out this short demo video to see how the Health Check Plug-in helps overcome a networking problem:


The Health Check Plug-in is a free vCenter Plug-in that is downloadable under the drivers & tools tabs in the Virtual SAN download page. If you are not a Virtual SAN 6 customer, you can still try out the plug-in by downloading your free 60 days evaluation copy - www.vmware.com/go/try-vsan-dl-en

You can also try our hosted evaluation by going to the Virtual SAN 6 hands on lab - www.vmware.com/go/try-vsan-hol

VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin

VSAN Health Check LogoIntroducing the Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin, a tool designed to deliver a simplified troubleshooting and monitoring experience of all things Virtual SAN for vSphere Administrators. This plugin delivers over thirty different health checks specifically for Virtual SAN ranging from hardware compatibility, networking configuration, operations, advanced configuration options, storage device, and virtual machines.

The plugin enhances the Virtual SAN customer support and user experience by providing the ability for customers to join VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). CEIP is a program design to improve the quality, reliability, and functionality of Virtual SAN and its services. The membership to the CEIP is an optional feature that can be enabled or disabled at any point in time through the Virtual SAN Health check plugin user interface.

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The Science (and Economics) Behind a Carefully Crafted Software Defined Storage Strategy for Cloud Service Providers

science boardDo you remember your high school years--of calculating the boiling point of isopropyl alcohol in chemistry or studying the impact of supply and demand on the costs of goods in economics class? Many of us wondered, “When will we ever use these principles in real life?” For those of us hoping to enter into the booming Software Defined Storage (SDS) space, the answer is now. With the demand for storage continuing to expand at over 40% annual growth until 2018,* it’s a safe bet that we aren’t the only ones that see the growth possibilities in storage as a service--nor are we the only ones who plan to expand their business model to include SDS.

 

So, how do you develop the perfect go-to-market strategy?

As global Product Marketing Leader for the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) solutions at VMware, I’ve dedicated my career to crafting and executing winning strategies for market entry and growth. And, I’ve learned a few things along the way. At the top of the list is the importance of first impressions and taking the time to create a strategy that differentiates your company from the competition. It all starts with doing your homework – studying the trends, crunching the numbers, learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

I recently spoke with one of our independent cloud services providers, IndonesianCloud. Their story is the epitome of how to capture attention across the aggressive cloud market. In 2011, they focused their sights on becoming the most trusted, most reliable and most secure CSP in Indonesia. For those of you who don’t know, Indonesia is a country with 254 million people, and literally millions of companies, and it is currently adopting cloud at a staggering rate. It is estimated that the cloud spend will reach $1.2 billion by 2017--and that’s just across Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business. Needless to say, it’s a great time to be a CSP in Indonesia.

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VSAN Evaluation - How to use the VSAN sizing tool – Part 2

This blog post is the second in our series of blog posts of VSAN Evaluation using our integrated sizing and TCO tool ( vsantco.vmware.com ). For part 1 that discusses VM profiling go here:

VSAN Evaluation - How to use the VSAN sizing tool - Part 1

In this part of the blog series we will discuss how to adjust our default recommended ready nodes profiles to your specific scenario. I’m aware this part can be somewhat confusing, but after a few tries I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it and can do this in a matter of minutes.

First, let’s start by explaining what a Virtual SAN Ready Node is. Virtual SAN is a pure software product, but using it with non-certified hardware can have some unwanted results. This is why we decided to partner with all the major OEMs to create ready-to-go hardware solutions called ready nodes that can also be used as a reference architecture and be customized to your preferences. My team member and VSAN Product Manager, Rakesh Radhakrishnan, wrote a blog ( Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – Ready, Set, Go!) almost a year ago answering most common questions around the topic. Also check out the most updated list of ready nodes here - Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – and our Virtual SAN Hardware Quick Reference Guide .

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vSphere Virtual Volumes Getting Started Guide - New White Paper

vSphere Virtual VolumesHot off of the press: New vSphere Virtual Volumes Getting Started Guide white paper. This new paper provides a summarized description and overview of vSphere Virtual Volumes and its components and how to configure them.

These are the main topics that are covered:

  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Components
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Requirements
  • Configuring vSphere Virtual Volumes
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes CLI Commands

The paper goes over quick configuration scenarios of every vSphere Virtual Volumes components through native vSphere workflows and wizards in order to get you started and working with vSphere Virtual Volumes in a heartbeat.

You can view the paper directly from the vSphere Virtual Volumes product page or download it from the link below:

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes: Getting Started Guide

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For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) and other Software-defined Storage technologies, as well as vSphere + OpenStack be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds

Not all VVols are Created Equal : Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes

It is my pleasure today to again offer a post that has been written by an esteemed industry colleague and guest blogger.  This post on VVol was written by Hitachi Data System's Dinesh Singh.  Dinesh is Solutions Marketing Manager with Hitachi Data Systems focused on virtualization and cloud solutions. Dinesh drives awareness and adoption of HDS storage solutions for VMware Server and EUC virtualization platforms.  In this post Dinesh tells us about how Hitachi has approached the implementation of Virtual Volumes on their platform, and gives us some very nice detail about what can be done with HDS gear when coupled with Vvol.

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Virtual Volumes Webcast

Virtual Volumes

 

Please join us on a webcast on vSphere Virtual Volumes with Teneja Group. This webcast is an excellent opportunity to learn about this new exciting feature in vSphere 6! During this webcast we will cover the key benefits of Virtual Volumes and the fundamental technical components. As an attendee, you will also be able to submit your questions to panelists.

Date: April 30th 2015

Time: 9 am PST

Duration: 1 hr

Registration Link: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/9775/153779

VSAN Evaluation - How to use the sizing tool - Part 1

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Sizing a vSphere environment for VMware Virtual SAN is not an easy task and if this is how you look like when you approach it you should continue reading. Nevertheless, even if you already did sizing for VSAN in the past there are some nuances that you might want to pay attention to.

First, before we go into explaining how to size for VSAN, it is imperative you understand why this is important:

  • If you undersize VSAN for your environment you might not get the performance you expect or won’t have the capacity you need for your virtual machines
  • If you oversize VSAN you might end-up with a higher hardware bill that can be at least partially deferred until you actually need to grow VSAN to that size – remember you can grow as you-go, no need for large upfront investments

OK, so when can I get this tool you ask? It is already available, just go to VSANTCO.VMware.com – the tool was recently updated to also allow you to size VSAN with an All Flash architecture.

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Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ

In Q1 of this year we announced the general availability of vSphere 6.0, which includes a key capability to the VMware vision for Software-Defined Storage: Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is an integration framework to make 3rd party storage systems VM-aware and thereby enables control over native storage capabilities using the VMware control plane for SDS management: Storage Policy-Based Management.
There are two parts needed for customers to embark on the VVol transformation.  The first requirement is vSphere 6.0 with integrated VVol and SPBM features, and the other is a VVol-enabled array. The main reason why VVol is such a disruptive technology is because of the wide support from the storage partner ecosystem. HP is a VVol design partner and one of the few partners to deliver Day 1 support for VVol.
Today I'm very pleased to offer a guest article from Eric Siebert, HP Solutions Marketing Manager and our very dear colleague on the VVol partnership.

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