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VMware Unveils New Disaster Recovery and Backup Product Releases; Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes Featured at VMworld 2014

By Alberto Farronato, director of product marketing, Storage and Availability, VMware

VMworld 2014 will deliver plenty of news, customer testimonials, panels, sessions, demos and more on VMware’s software-defined storage and business continuity products and initiatives. Following are a few show highlights.

Increased DR Capabilities

We’re excited to announce vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 today at VMworld 2014. This new release of SRM delivers next-generation disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere environments.  New capabilities include:

  • 5x the scale of protection – IT organizations can set up recovery plans scalable up to 5,000 virtual machines per vCenter Server using array-based replication to enable enterprise-level protection–five times larger than with previous limits.
  • Enhanced self-service – New integrations will offer customers self-service access to provision predefined disaster recovery protection tiers to new VMs via blueprints in vCloud Automation Center when using array-based replication.

To learn more about vCenter SRM 5.8, don’t miss the following VMworld session:

BCO2394 – “Site Recovery Manager 101: What’s New and Customer Case Study”

Monday, Aug 25, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

New: vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8

We’re also happy to introduce vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8. Powered by EMC Avamar technology, vSphere Data Protection Advanced offers simple, efficient, and robust backup capabilities for vSphere environments. The new release delivers:

  • Enhanced support for business-critical apps – customers can now perform backups for Microsoft SQL Server clusters as well as Microsoft Exchange DAGs (Database Availability Groups).
  • Customizable Proxies and Backup Work Streams – customers now have the flexibility of choosing the number of parallel backup workstreams to satisfy Service Level Agreements (SLAs) helping them to increase backup scalability and performance.
  • Enhanced Replication – customers can now restore replicated backups at either primary or disaster recovery site.

Get the details on vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8 at the following sessions:

BCO2410 – “BC/DR: Implementing a Holistic Strategy with VMware Solutions – Part 1 Business Overview”

Monday, Aug 25, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

BCO2172 – “BC/DR: Implementing a Holistic Strategy with VMware Solutions – Part 2 Technical”

Wednesday, Aug 27, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Virtual Volumes Technology Preview

Virtual Volumes (aka VVOLs) was unveiled at VMworld 2012 San Francisco as a technology preview. The technology extends VMware’s software-defined storage model to external storage.  VVOLs transforms SAN/NAS into VM-centric devices by making the virtual disk a native representation of the VM at the array level, and enables app-centric, policy-based automation of SAN and NAS based services.

VVOLs has drawn strong interest from our storage partners. Their interest will be readily apparent at this year’s VMworld if you attend sessions or walk the show floor. To learn more about their VVOLs efforts, drop by the following booths:

Dell Booth 1417


Nimble Booth 1521


EMC Booth 1405


Tintri Booth 921


HP Booth 1005


SolidFire Booth 1629


Hitachi Data Systems Booth 905


Symantec Booth 1635


IBM Booth 913




Check out the following sessions to get smart on VVOLs:

STO1963 – “Virtual Volumes Business Overview”

Tuesday, Aug 26, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

STO1965 – “Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive”

Tuesday, Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM & Wednesday, Aug 27, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


What’s New with Virtual SAN

In 2013, VMware Virtual SAN was unveiled and was being readied for a lengthy public beta. Today, Virtual SAN is generally available with more than 300 customers.

Virtual SAN Ready Nodes have helped to jump start Virtual SAN deployments.  Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are pre-validated configurations of servers ready to run Virtual SAN. Today, 40 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are available for purchase directly from our system vendor partners (view list of Ready Nodes). Hitachi and Huawei are the latest partners to introduce new Virtual SAN Ready Nodes joining Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Supermicro.

Additionally, VMware EVO: RAIL was introduced today. It is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that streamlines the deployment and scale out of modern IT infrastructure. Virtual SAN is part of the 100 percent VMware software stack included in EVO: RAIL. It offers customers another option to get started with Virtual SAN. Customers can now get started with Virtual SAN by selecting components from the Hardware Compatibility List, relying on pre-configured Ready Node servers or purchasing EVO: RAIL – an all-in-one appliance.

Learn how customers are using Virtual SAN at the following panel and session:

STO2462 – “Virtual SAN – Customer Panel”

Wednesday, Aug 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

STO1424 – “Massively Scaling Virtual SAN Implementations”

Thursday, Aug 28, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

We want to thank our customers and partners for making 2014 a momentous year for VMware Storage and Availability. We wish you a great show and time in San Francisco.


SDS Challenge: Ready to play?

In a previous blog, Rawlinson Rivera highlighted the key events, sessions, group discussions and HOLs from the Software-Defined Storage and Business Continuity teams.

On top of all that, there is one more thing you can do to get the most out of VMworld 2014: You can play CloudCred!

Take your VMworld experience to the next level and play CloudCred – an online gaming platform that allows users to test their cloud knowledge. For VMworld, we’ve built a special contest in CloudCred – the VMworld SDS Challenge.  Attend selected sessions on Virtual Volumes, Virtual SAN, vDPA and Site Recovery Manager, complete labs, and visit product demos at the Solutions Exchange to earn points. Points lead to badges, and every badge earned enters you into a raffle for a Jambox Mini.

The Cloud Cred VMworld SDS Challenge contest badges include:

  • Lab Badge
  • Virtual Volumes Badge
  • Virtual SAN Badge
  • vDPA Badge
  • SRM Badge

Contest starts at 4pm Sunday and runs through 4pm Wednesday. Log on to CloudCred today to set up your account and get ready to play.

We look forward to seeing you at VMworld this year!

Stay tuned to the vSphere blog for the latest information. You can also follow us on Twitter at @VMwareVSAN for more updates. See you in San Francisco!

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!

Catalog SKU




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.