New Features of the vSphere Storage Appliance version 5.1

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This post is to highlight the new features of the recently announced vSphere Storage Appliance version 5.1. The major enhancements to VSA v5.1 are two fold. The first is to enhance the VSA for the SMB/SME markets; the second is to move into adjacent markets such as ROBO. Before we start, I want to make Read more...

vSphere 5.1 New Storage Features

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vSphere 5.1 is upon us. The following is a list of the major storage enhancements introduced with the vSphere 5.1 release. VMFS File Sharing Limits In previous versions of vSphere, the maximum number of hosts which could share a read-only file on a VMFS volume was 8. The primary use case for multiple hosts sharing Read more...

Setting the record straight on VMware vSphere Data Protection

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There has been a fair amount of unsubstantiated speculation and noise around the new VMware virtual machine backup and recovery solution called vSphere Data Protection (VDP). Some of the most inaccurate statements I have read about were along the lines of – and I am paraphrasing – “EMC embeds its storage technology in vSphere” or Read more...

The Best Keep Getting Better – VMware vSphere 5.1 Performance

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Today, VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod, addressed the 20,000+ attendees at VMworld and announced that VMware has out done itself again by providing a virtualization platform more than capable of supporting even the most demanding and I/O intensive mission critical applications. One impressive performance study that Steve highlighted in his keynote was the 1 Million IOPS Read more...

SRM 5.1 and vSphere Replication as a Standalone Feature

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Posted by Ken Werneburg Tech Marketing Twitter @vmKen Today at VMworld we announced a bunch of very exciting technologies, for this article I’ll be talking first about Site Recovery Manager 5.1, and then about vSphere Replication as a standalone feature of the vSphere platform. Protection of your systems is a critical aspect of running a Read more...

Announcing VMware vCloud Director 5.1!

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It’s amazing what can happen in a year!  Just a year ago, VMware announced the release of vCloud Director 1.5.  Today, VMware announced the vCloud Director 5.1 release, and it’s full of new features! For starters, just check out some of the increases in the scalability: Supported in 5.0 Supported in VCD 5.1 (*) # Read more...

Performance Sessions @ VMworld 2012 San Francisco

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VMworld is just around the corner!  Like always it is going to be an exciting action-packed week.  If you are going to be at the show make sure you check out some of the VMware performance sessions being delivered. vSphere Performance New Features Overview  (you never know there might be some new things 😉 ) Read more...

My pick of vCenter related VMworld 2012 sessions

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Headed to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco and looking to learn about about the new features in vCenter Server? I have picked a handful of sessions that will bring you up to speed in no time. INF-VSP1353 – vCenter: A Technical Deep Dive INF-VSP1367 – Upgrading vSphere INF-VSP1372 – What’s New with vSphere INF-VSP1392 – Read more...

Interesting Storage Stuff at VMworld 2012 (US)

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Posted by Cormac Hogan Technical Marketing Architect (Storage) I put together a short article on some of the things that I’ll be checking out from a storage perspective at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco next week. This is by no means a definitive list, and I’m sure we’ll hear more fantastic announcements in the coming Read more...

Virtualized vCenter in a Datastore Cluster

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By Frank Denneman – Senior Technical Marketing Architect To virtualize vCenter or not, that has been an age-old question. To control the location of the vCenter virtual machine, in case the hosting vSphere server crashes, a couple of best practices where developed. Such as; Disable DRS, create host-vm affinity groups or my favorite, leave all Read more...