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What’s All the Buzz About Software-Defined Storage?

By now, you’ve more than likely heard something about Software-Defined Storage. With every mention of the term, you may be wondering, “What does it mean for me?”

Wonder no longer!

The VMware Software-Defined Storage approach enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model, driving transformation through the hypervisor, bring to storage the same operational efficiency that server virtualization brought to compute. Software-Defined Storage will enable you to better handle some of the most pressing challenges storage systems face today.

During this webcast, Mauricio Barra, Senior Product Marketing Manager at VMware, will discuss the VMware Software-Defined Storage vision, the role of the hypervisor in transforming storage, as well as key architectural components of VMware Software-Defined Storage.

If you are looking to understand how Software-Defined Storage, along with the enhanced VMware Virtual SAN 6 and new VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, can benefit your organization, now is your chance.

Register today and take the next step toward making Software-Defined Storage a reality.

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.

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.

 

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

vRealize Operations Management Pack for Virtual SAN Beta – Early Sign-up

If you already heard the exciting news about VMware new offerings – vSphere 6, Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes – and thought it can’t get any better, we have a small surprise for you. Virtual SAN 6.0 includes a host of new features including high performance snapshots and clones, all flash Virtual SAN with intelligent 2-tier model, failure domains and more. One of the most requested features among Virtual SAN 5.5 customers is enabling greater visibility to what happens “under the hood”. The Virtual SAN team developed a new health dashboard that will help customers tackle underlying hardware issues as part of the v6.0 release, but in addition to that the vRealize operations team developed an advanced set of dashboards aimed at making Virtual SAN users life much easier.

The Virtual SAN team along with the vRealize Operations team are thrilled to offer you a unique opportunity to beta test the new vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices. The management pack will feature advanced insight into Virtual SAN through advanced analytics to enable rapid troubleshooting and cluster optimization.

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We will share more details closer to the start of the beta program which will kick off in Q1 2015. If you would like to get more information and be on the list of people who get an invitation to participate in the beta, please sign up here – www.vmware.com/go/vrops4vsan-beta

Check out the vROps MPSD blog post for more details - http://blogs.vmware.com/management/2015/02/vsan-simplifying-sddc-storage-operations-with-vrealize-operations-management-pack-for-storage-devices.html

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.

Tips for a Successful VMware Virtual SAN Evaluation

One of the biggest advantages of Virtual SAN is that it is so easy to set up and use.  Out of all the evaluation options available to them, many customers have realized that trying it out in their own environment is entirely feasible.

We’ve been keeping track of the many Virtual SAN evaluations to date, and have created a quick guide that should help anyone evaluating Virtual SAN in their environment.  In it, you’ll find a checklist on configurations, verifying compatibility, testing the network, expected behaviors for failure testing, and tips on testing performance.  It’s an essential guide for anyone working with Virtual SAN.

We hope you find this document useful!

Download: Tips for a Successful VMware Virtual SAN Evaluation

Virtual SAN Backup with VDP – New White Paper

Hot off of the press: A new white paper that discusses backing up virtual machines running on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) using VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP).vsan_vdp_white_paper These are the main topics that are covered:

  • VDP Architectural Overview
  • Virtual SAN Backup using VDP
  • Factors Affecting Backup Performance

The paper details test scenarios, how backup transport modes affect CPU and memory utilization of the VDP virtual appliance, and how the vSphere hosts management network is impacted when the Network Block Device over Secure Sockets Layer (NBDSSL) transport mode is utilized. The paper concludes with a summary of observations, recommendations when deploying the VDP virtual appliance to a Virtual SAN datastore, and some discussion around transport modes and running concurrent backups. A special thank you goes to Weiguo He for compiling this data and writing this paper!

Click here to view/download VMware Virtual SAN Backup Using VMware vSphere Data Protection

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