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Storage Blog Recap: Top Blogs from January

The third week of every month, we will be compiling a list of the top vSphere Storage posts from the previous month for you to digest.

Here are the top storage blogs from January:

VMware Virtual SAN: File Services with NexentaConnect

Rawlinson Rivera discusses NexentaConnect for Virtual SAN, a software-defined storage solution designed specifically to deliver file service on top of Virtual SAN.

SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering and the VMware Software Defined Data Center

The latest release of SAP HANA has brought the concepts of multiple-temperature data and lifecycle management to a new level. Bob Goldsand talks more about this, as well as native use cases and dynamic tiering with VMware HA and workload management.

Storage and Availability at Partner Exchange 2015

VMware Partner Exchange just wrapped up in San Francisco, California. In this post, Ken Werneburg talks about some key storage and availability sessions that were offered during the conference.

Discover Software-Defined Storage and VMware Virtual SAN at PEX 2015!

The Virtual SAN team highlights some of the can’t-miss sessions that were available to attendees of VMware Partner Exchange 2015.

Performance Unplugged: Demanding Applications

Mark Achtemichuk introduces a new series called “Performance Unplugged”, which showcases a number of talented performance gurus and also covers commonly asked questions and topics.

Be sure to subscribe to the Virtual SAN blog or follow our social channels at @vmwarevsan and Facebook.com/vmwarevsan for the latest updates.

For more information about VMware Virtual SAN, visit http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san.

One Cloud, Any Application – #VMW28days

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VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 – you heard all about it on February 2nd – you read all about it in our blog post on the vSphere Storage Blog.

 

Still want more?

 

Visit VMware’s One Cloud, Any Application site every day in February to learn more about our products and solutions including software-defined storage, Virtual SAN 6, and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs). With content for IT decision makers and practitioners alike, this site contains everything from technical documentation to infographics, whitepapers, and analyst insights.

 

Stop by today!

 

Also, this Thursday, February 12th, at 11am PST, we would like to invite you to join the software-defined storage CrowdChat! Here, you’ll be able to ask questions directly to VMware storage experts. RSVP today!

 

For more information about VMware Virtual SAN, follow us on Twitter at @VMwareVSAN and Facebook at facebook.com/vmwarevsan.

 

vSphere APIs for IO Filtering

I’ve been fortunate to have one of our super sharp product line managers, Alex Jauch (twitter @ajauch), spend some time explaining to me one of the new enabling technologies of vSphere 6.0: VAIO.  Let’s take a look at this really powerful capability and see what types of things it can enable and an overview of how it works.

VAIO stands for “vSphere APIs for IO Filtering”

This had for a time colloquially been known as “IO Filters”. Fundamentally, it is a means by which a VM can have its IO safely and securely filtered in accordance with a policy.

VAIO offers partners the ability to put their technology directly into the IO stream of a VM through a filter that intercepts data before it is committed to disk.

Why would I want to do that? What kinds of things can you do with an IO filter?

Well that’s up to our customers and our partners. VAIO is a filtering framework that will initially allow vendors to present capabilities for caching and replication to individual VMs. This will expand over time as partners come on board to write filters for the framework, so you can imagine where this can go for topics such as security, antivirus, encryption and other areas, as the framework matures. VAIO gives us the ability to do stuff to an IO stream in a safe and certified fashion, and manage the whole thing through profiles to ensure we get a view into the IO stream’s compliance with policy!

The VAIO program itself is for partners – the benefit is for consumers who want to do policy based management of their environment and pull in the value of our partner solutions directly into per-VM and indeed per-virtual disk storage management.

When partners create their solutions their data services are surfaced through the Storage Policy Based Management control plane, just like all the rest of our policy-driven storage offerings like Virtual SAN or Virtual Volumes.

Beyond that, because the data services operate at the VM virtual device level, they can also work with just about any type of storage device, again furthering the value of VSAN and VVOLs, and extending the use of these offerings through these additional data services.

How does it work?

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VMware’s 64-node All-Flash VSAN demo at PEX

Another productive VMware Partner Exchange day for our partners and we had another great turnout at the Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Pavilion, where we demoed VDI boot storm on VMware’s 64-node All-Flash VSAN and we continue to have multiple ecosystem partners showcasing their joint solutions with Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes.

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If you missed it, on Monday Feb 2nd VMware launched VMware Virtual SAN 6the best storage platform for virtual machines, including business critical applications. Radically simple, VMware Virtual SAN 6 introduces 2x more scalability (yes 64 nodes!) and up to 4.5x greater performance (that’s 90k IOPs per host!) while adding several new enterprise-class data services capabilities. Continue reading

The Software-Defined Storage Pavilion is open!

 

SDS Pavilion at PEX 2015

SDS Pavilion at PEX 2015

PEX 2015 is off to a great start, and in case you missed it Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is key component of what VMware wants to show the partner community this year. We announced VMware Virtual SAN 6, the next generation of the radically simple hypervisor-converged storage software, and vSphere Virtual Volumes, a new integration framework to enable VM-aware storage.

To help partners navigate everything there is to know about these technologies, we created the first ever Software-Defined Storage Pavilion. The SDS Pavilion brings together the vast ecosystem of storage technology partners that deliver certified solutions for both Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes.

The Pavilion opens today at 11:30 and it is located on the 2nd floor of Moscone West. 10 showcase partners will be present all day: Cisco, Dell, HP, HDS, IBM, Micron & Supermicro, NetApp, Nexenta, SanDisk and Tintri. We also have a lineup of experts rotating at the Expert Bar and Demo stations.

If you are interested in hearing from Partners, at 11:30 SoftNAS will show NFS & CIFS Storage for Virtual SAN 6, at 12:30 Atlantis computing will show a Virtual Volumes demo and at 1:30 SolidFire will follow on that same topic.

And if you want to engage with VMware experts, we have Christos Karamanolis, Principal Engineer for Virtual SAN at 2:00, Jack Lo, VP for Storage & Availability at VMware at 5:00 and the entire Virtual SAN engineering team on site throughout the day.

So, stop by and learn about VMware Software-Defined Storage! Follow the conversation via #PEXsds #VMwarePEX

Announcing the VMware Software-Defined Storage Pavilion at PEX 2015

SDS Pavilion Showcase Partners for VSAN & VVOLs

VMware SDS Pavilion Showcase Partners @ PEX 2015

Following the exciting launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes, PEX 2015 will host the first Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Pavilion to showcase solutions by the partners in the SDS ecosystem. The SDS Pavilion is located on the 2nd floor of Moscone West. This week, Tuesday to Thursday, the SDS Pavilion will be featuring guest exec speakers, live demos, expert bar Q&A, coffee chats and more for PEX attendees.

We invite you to stop by to visit with our 10 SDS showcase partners and daily guest experts as well as follow the conversation via #PEXsds #VMwarePEX to learn more about delivery of the Software-Defined Storage vision through VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware’s hyper-converged storage software, and vSphere Volumes which enables deeper levels of integration between vSphere and storage arrays extending SDS policy automation to VMware’s ecosystem.

Storage and Availability at Partner Exchange 2015

VMware’s 2015 Partner Exchange is now just about one week away, and it’s shaping up to be a great one!

In storage and availability we’ll have a lot to talk about across the board: Some sessions will offer deeper examinations of our current products, others will give you a great exploration of some of the newer things VMware has to showcase.

I’ve made a list of some of the sessions put on by those of us in the storage and availability product team; it’s a good cross section from product marketing, product managers, and technical marketing people such as myself.  Outside of the engineers who actually write the code, these are the people closest to the products you use, so sign up and hear something new.  There are also sessions from our highly experienced field sales and technical teams — the experts at understanding how these products address customer requirements and explaining their value to our customers.

I’m personally doing a technical session with my colleague Rawlinson on Virtual SAN (STO4275) and looking forward to it quite a bit.

Lastly, don’t be shy to come say hello after the sessions.  We love to hear your thoughts, if we’ve got time between activities…

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Storage Blog Recap: Top Blogs from December

In case you missed it, we’ve compiled a list of the top vSphere Storage posts from December for you to digest. Check it out!

VMware Virtual SAN and ScaleIO: Fundamentally Two Different Approaches to Software-Defined Storage

VMware’s Vijay Ramachandran clarifies how VMware Virtual SAN’s unique approach to software-defined storage stands apart from other SDS competitors.

Gartner Predictions: Storage Integration Leading the Way in 2015

Learn why Gartner predicts that 40% of midsize enterprises will replace all data center services and storage with integrated systems by 2018.

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Discover Software-Defined Storage & VMware Virtual SAN at PEX 2015!

Are you a VMware partner? Come learn more about VMware Virtual SAN — our software-defined storage solution designed for vSphere environments — at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015.

The sessions, like the rest of PEX 2015, will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, February 3 – 5th. Depending on your needs, there will be several important Software-Defined Storage and VMware Virtual SAN sessions you won’t want to miss.

If your organization is concerned about enterprise-level storage and availability, add these Software-Defined Storage and VMware Virtual SAN sessions to your calendar. (Log on and register to view session abstracts, speakers, and locations.)

Tuesday 2/3

  • STO4280: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, VMware Software-Defined Storage Overview
  • STO4278: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Virtual Volumes Technical Overview
  • STO4273: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, What’s New with VMware Virtual SAN and How to be Successful Selling It
  • STO4289: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Conducting a Successful Proof of Concept for Virtual SAN

Wednesday 2/4

  • STO4295: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, SRM & Business Continuity Overview
  • STO4275: 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM, Virtual SAN Technical Walkthrough
  • STO4290: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Delivering SDS to SAN/NAS with Virtual Volumes
  • STO4464: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM, Virtual SAN Panel: View from the Sales Trenches
  • STO4465: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Performance and Best Practices for Business Critical Applications leveraging Virtual SAN

Thursday 2/5

  • STO4293: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, SRM & VR6 Technical Deep Dive
  • STO4276: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance & Best Practices
  • STO4279: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Software-Defined Storage: the Key to Agility with Control

Be sure to follow our social channels at @vmwarevsan and Facebook.com/vmwarevsan for the latest updates.

For more information about VMware Virtual SAN, visit http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san.

Gartner Predictions: Storage Integration Leading the Way in 2015

Rowing crews move in sync to keep their craft moving at a steady pace – but that synchronous movement would not exist without an investment in the right hardware and the right training. For businesses, that means not only investing in the right rowers, but also in the right tools to enable athletes. And for a long time those tools, namely storage for midmarket organizations, have either been too expensive, too resource heavy or too complex.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Midmarket teams should be able to afford the right equipment without worry so they can focus on more important tasks. That’s why we’re thrilled to discover Gartner Research included VMware Virtual SAN in their recent report, “Predicts 2015: Midmarket CIOs Must Shed IT Debt to Invest in Strategic IT Initiatives.”

The report investigates how CIOs can best invest resources to give IT teams the simplified tools they need while staying on budget. Often, this excludes “best of breed” solutions. Gartner suggests midsize businesses seek out integrated systems that combine server, storage and network components in a package suitable for their needs instead.

For many, Virtual SAN, VMware’s policy-driven storage product design for vSphere environments, is that solution. Its ease of use, performance, scalability and low total cost of ownership helps to avoid significant upfront investments. And, with its VM-level storage policies, Virtual SAN automatically and dynamically matches requirements with underlying storage resources. Meaning less time manually managing storage tasks and more time focusing on important tasks.

According to Gartner’s predictions, roughly 40% of midsize enterprises will replace all data center services and storage with integrated systems by 2018. We certainly would like to see, and be at the forefront, of that transition.

VMware Virtual SAN stands apart from the competition not just because of its ability to deliver simple software defined shared storage, but also because of its integrated partner ecosystem. More than 40 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes can be purchased from our system vendor partners.

We’re thrilled to have been a part of software defined storage in 2014, and we can’t wait to push the envelope further in 2015.

Be sure to subscribe to the Virtual SAN blog or follow our social channels at @vmwarevsan and Facebook.com/vmwarevsan for the latest updates.

For more information about VMware Virtual SAN, visit http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san.