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Get the Latest Session and HOL Schedules for Virtual SAN, Virtual Volumes and More at VMworld 2014!

As many of you know, VMworld is just around the river bend! That means there’s a lot of planning left to do between now and when you get to San Francisco. Luckily, we’re here to help.

As always, there’s a lot to see and do at this year’s VMworld, including learning VMware’s latest and greatest Virtual SAN products and betas. Take a look at the schedules below to see how you can take the next step to learning more!

Virtual SAN – Sessions

Get up to speed with VMware Virtual SAN — our Software-Defined Storage solution designed for vSphere environments. Sessions on vSAN cover everything from building business cases to best practices and a deep dive. Check out one of our previous blogs for more great sessions on storage and availability.


Session ID



4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Virtual SAN 101 and Building a Business Case


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Virtual SAN Best Practices and Use Cases


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Virtual SAN Best Practices for Monitoring and Troubleshooting


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Virtual SAN Architecture Deep Dive

Virtual Volumes – Sessions

VMware’s latest beta program, Virtual Volumes (VVols), will be making an appearance at VMworld. VVols encapsulate virtual disks and other virtual machine files and natively stores them on the storage system. This enables administrators to make manage storage on the granular level, use policy-based management for common storage management and easily provision all the necessary storage for an application.


Session ID



11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.


Software-Defined Storage: The Transformation of Enterprise Storage Has Begun


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Virtual Volumes Business Overview


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

vSphere Site Recovery Manager – Sessions

Discover the latest in vSphere Site Recovery Manager and learn how an automated disaster recovery can help protect your applications. These sessions will cover everything you need to know about vSphere Site Recovery Manager from recovery 101 to our technical deep dive.


Session ID



11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Site Recovery Manager 101: What’s New and Customer Case Study


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Automation Center: Self-service DR Protection for the Software-Defined Data Center


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication: What’s New Technical Deep Dive

vSphere Virtual Data Protection – Sessions

vSphere Virtual Data Protection protects and backs up your virtual machines and data. VMworld’s 2014 sessions for vSphere Virtual Data Protection will cover the basics of data protection in a virtual world, how it integrates with other VMware offerings and the best practices for VDP.


Session ID



1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Data Protection for vSphere 101: Keys to Successful Backdrop and Replication in a Virtual World


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Data Protection for Virtual SAN


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Data protection with VDP Advanced – What’s New Technical Deep Dive and Best Practices

Virtual Volumes Demos at Booth:

Of course, VMworld wouldn’t be complete with in-booth demos. This year, among other things, we’ll be demonstrating the advantage of Virtual Volumes (VVols) throughout the expo floor. You can witness how VVols have enabled a variety of companies at the following booths:

  • VMware
  • HP
  • NetApp
  • Dell
  • EMC
  • IBM
  • HDS
  • Nimble
  • Tintri
  • SolidFire
  • Symantec

Hands On Labs

Looking to get your hands on our products? Get some hands-on time and put what you’ve learned to practice at our hands-on labs at VMworld 2014. These exhibits will be available for you to use throughout the show, so be sure to stop on by!

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VVOL Tech Preview

Virtual Volumes


VMware Software-Defined Storage



VMware Virtual SAN 101



IT Outcomes – High Availablity and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery


 Join us in San Francisco to talk about all things Virtual SAN! There’ll be a lot more for you to digest as the days draw closer to VMworld 2014, so stay tuned to this blog for the latest information available. You can also follow us on Twitter at @vmwarevsan for breaking updates. See you on the show floor!

VMware Virtual SAN Experts Discuss the Importance and Future of Software Defined Storage

By Alberto Farranato

VMware Virtual SAN is VMware’s simple, cost-effective answer to the historically complex and expensive storage infrastructure enterprise IT teams have faced. As the data created and stored continues to grow at exponential speed, the demand for enterprise storage rises in tandem. The impact on IT is considerable –  complexity, costs, and static management and provisioning common to traditional storage solutions — all combine to inspire IT decision makers to pursue new storage strategies.

To better detail the benefits of VMware Virtual SAN and how software-defined storage promises to be an industry-changing technology,, Christos Karamanolis, Chief Architect and Principal Engineer in the Storage and Availability Engineering Organization at VMware, as well as myself, sat down to for a discussion with Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here’s a sample of our conversation:

On Flexibility:

“Today, customers virtualize environments, but also must provision physical storage containers. They have to anticipate their uses over time and have to make an investment up front in resources that they’ll need over a long period of time … Software-defined storage advocates a new model, where application sand VMs [Virtual Machines] are provisioned at the moment that the application needs them. The storage resources that they need are provisioned on demand, exactly for that the application— nothing more or less.” — Karamanolis

On the Virtual SAN Policy Driven Model:

“Virtual SAN is a product that is completely policy driven, and we call it VM-centric or application-centric. The whole management paradigm for storage, when you use Virtual SAN, is predicated around the VM and the policies that you create and you assign to the VMs as you create your VMs as you scale your environment.” — Farronato

On Enterprise Agility and Speed :

“What we really see here is a shift in paradigm about how our customers use Virtual SAN today to enable them to have a much faster turnaround for trying new applications, new workloads, and getting them from test and dev into production, without having to be constrained by the processes and the timelines that are imposed by a central storage IT organization.” — Karamanolis

On customer adoption:

“… it is interesting to see that a technology like Virtual SAN is resonating across several market segments, pretty much all the market segments, and so it expresses a value proposition that is broadly applicable.” — Farronato

On Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

“…the cost of storage is the main impediment in organization to implement a VDI strategy. With Virtual SAN, as Alberto mentioned earlier, we provide compelling cost proposition, both in terms of the capacity of the storage, as well as the performance you gain out of the storage.” — Karamanolis

There is, of course, much more to VMware Virtual SAN. To learn more, listen to the full BriefingsDirect podcast here.  If you’ll be attending VMworld this year, I invite you to my presentation on Monday, 8/25 at 11am PT, to hear more about the transformation of enterprise storage, session STO1853-S.

Follow VMware Virtual SAN on Twitter at @vmwarevsan or go to our website for whitepapers, technical guides and instructional videos. For more blogs, check out the vSphere Blog.

Redefining Storage Operations with VMware Virtual SAN

Virtual Machines much like physical ones require storage. Storage, on all its forms, is exponentially growing in recent years – almost doubling every other year. With the explosion of storage demands, IT managers are challenged to deliver the same service levels to virtual environments as they do with physical ones.

VMware Virtual SAN uses a unique Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) platform that helps streamline the storage operations and allow for per-VM granular management. Due to this unique property that helps deliver an exceptionally simple storage solution, along with enterprise class performance , VMware Virtual SAN won in its first quarter of availability over 300 customers and 3 different awards. Continue reading

Managing Virtual SAN with RVC: Part 2 – Navigating your vSphere and Virtual SAN infrastructure with RVC

In our first article in this series, we looked at the history, features, and setup of the Ruby vSphere Console. Built upon the Ruby interface to the vSphere API (RbVmomi), the Ruby vSphere Console is a powerful management utility for the vSphere infrastructure, as well as an efficient integration option for third party applications and cli-based automation.

In today’s article, we will begin digging further into the features and usage of the Ruby vSphere Console by leveraging it to explore the vSphere and Virtual SAN infrastructure. Within RVC, the vSphere infrastructure is presented to the user as a virtual file system. This allows us to navigate its managed entities and even execute commands against them as well.

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Managing Virtual SAN with RVC: Part 3 – RVC Usage and Command Syntax

In today’s article, we will be taking a deeper look into the features of the Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) by examining its command structure and syntax. With RVC being built in Ruby, and built upon the Ruby interface to the vSphere API (RbVmomi), it serves to offer considerable strengths that we can leverage to expedite operations in our vSphere infrastructures. RVC began its life in VMware Labs as a Fling as a Ruby based CLI for the vSphere infrastructure. VMware Lab “Flings” are really interesting Engineering side projects. As a Fling, RVC became such a considerable tool for VMware Engineering, Support, and others that it was decided to extend its functionality to include support for Virtual SAN environments. RVC has now become a robust CLI for managing vSphere and Virtual SAN infrastructures.

First though, if you need assistance with recommended practices for RVC deployment, or how to login and navigate your vSphere and Virtual SAN infrastructure, please take a look at our first two blog articles from this series.

Managing Virtual SAN with RVC Series:
Part 1 – Introduction to the Ruby vSphere Console
Part 2 – Navigating your vSphere and Virtual SAN infrastructure with RVC

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Dell, VMware Virtual SAN, and Horizon Whitepaper

VMware Virtual SAN Logo

The Dell Wyse Solutions Engineering group has partnered with VMware’s Software-Defined Storage team to produce an extensive whitepaper detailing the performance of Virtual SAN running Horizon with View on specific Dell platforms. Virutal SAN configurations using two different hardware platforms are documented, with performance results from multiple differing configurations based on SSD and disk group displayed. The paper details results from the following platforms.

 Virtual SAN on the Dell PowerEdge R720

  • Standard: Each host with one SanDisk 400GB SLC SSD  for one diskgroup with 6 HDD.
  • Value: Each host with up to three 200 GB SSD SATA Value MLC (Intel S3700) with up three disk groups and 12 HDDs.
  • Login VSI was used to test performance for each of these configurations, with workload and operations performance results provided for each configuration.

Virtual SAN on the Dell PowerEdge C6220 II

  • High density platform that encompasses four nodes in a 2U enclosure.
  • VMware View Planner was used to validate performance of this platform up to 100 desktops per node, for 400 desktops in a 2U high density enclosure.

For more details on the testing and documented results, download the Dell VMware Virtual SAN for ESXi 5.5 with VMware Horizon View paper today.








IBM Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are here!

What is the VMware Virtual SAN team announcing today?

Virtual SAN Ready Nodes continue to gain momentum!  The Virtual SAN product team is excited to launch 5 new Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from IBM.  The IBM Ready Nodes are based on the IBM x3650 M4 and IBM x3550 M4 server series.

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This takes the total count of Virtual SAN Ready Nodes to 34 including the ones from Cisco (4 Ready Nodes)Dell (3 Ready Nodes)Fujitsu (5 Ready Nodes)HP (10 Ready Nodes), Hitachi (1 Ready Node) and SuperMicro (6 Ready Nodes)

Great!  How can I quote/order the new IBM Ready Nodes?

The IBM  Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are available through IBM Certified Business Partners. If you want to order the IBM System x Ready Nodes, please contact your IBM Sales Representative or Business Partner.

IBM Business Partners can go to IBM PartnerWorld TechLine and select the link to VMware Virtual SAN – then select and download the configuration file using the solution reference number for the IBM Virtual SAN Ready Node solution of interest.

You can also work with your IBM Sales Rep to quote and order the IBM Virtual SAN Ready Node using the same TechLine solution reference number 

Where can I find more details about Virtual SAN Ready Nodes?

Please refer to my previous two posts on this topic, Virtual SAN Ready Nodes – Ready, Set, Go! and New Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from Cisco and Hitachi for more details on Virtual SAN Ready Nodes.

In addition to providing insight into Ready Nodes and the criteria used for classification of Ready Nodes into various solution profiles aligned to customer workloads for Server and VDI, these posts also describe how to quote/order Ready Nodes from specific OEM vendors.

Are there more Virtual SAN Ready Nodes from other server vendors to choose from? 

As always, we continuously work with our OEM vendors to build out new Virtual SAN Ready Node offerings.  We will keep you updated as we finalize more.

Watch this space for more details!


Horizon View and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture

VSAN-VDIHorizon VSAN RA ResultsThe VMware Software-Defined Storage group and VMware End-User computing group has teamed up to  create an in-depth Reference Architecture detailing the performance and configuration of Horizon View on Virtual SAN.

The VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops and Virtual SAN storage reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with local storage to support a scalable and cost-effective View linked-clone desktop deployment on VMware vSphere 5.5. Extensive user experience and operations testing is documented in the RA.

User experience testing results are highlighted  through Login VSI desktop performance and VMware View Planner performance testing, with both benchmarks demonstrating the linear scalability of Virtual SAN while supporting 100 desktops per node (Virtual SAN supports up to 32 nodes in a Virtual SAN cluster, but 16 nodes is the recommended optimal size for a Horizon on VSAN cluster). The Horizon View  and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture highlights the world-class performance of VDI solutions on Virtual SAN at an extremely low cost.

So download the Horizon View and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture today to gain further insight into detailed and extensive results from real-world Horizon on Virtual SAN testing.







Managing Virtual SAN with RVC: Part 1 – Introduction to the Ruby vSphere Console

Allow me to introduce you to a member of the VMware CLI family that you may have not yet met, the Ruby vSphere Console, also called RVC for short. The Ruby vSphere Console is a console user interface for VMware ESXi and Virtual Center. You may already know of the Ruby vSphere Console, as it has actually been an open source project for the past 2-3 years and is based on the popular RbVmomi Ruby interface to the vSphere API. RbVmomi was created with the goal to dramatically decrease the amount of coding required to perform simple tasks, as well as increase the efficiency of task execution, all while still allowing for the full power of the API when needed. The Ruby vSphere Console comes free with and is fully supported for both the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and the Windows version of vCenter Server.  Most importantly, RVC is one of the primary tools for managing and troubleshooting a Virtual SAN environment.  

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Build a Business Case for Virtual SAN – Register for the 7/17 Webcast!

Is your business looking to take the next step to software-defined storage?

On July 17th at 10:00 a.m. PDT, we invite you to join us for this VMware Webcast Series on Building a Business Base for VMware Virtual SAN.

Dive into software-defined storage with VMware Virtual SAN, and learn the factors that enable this industry-leading solution to deliver lower TCO. This webcast will include coverage of capital and operational expenditures savings, showcase case studies and outline a framework for building a cost comparison.

To those who are looking to build a business case for hardware independent software-defined storage — complete with built in failure tolerance and more — register for the webcast today!

For more information on VMware Virtual SAN, visit here.

For future updates, follow us on Twitter at @VMwareVSAN.