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Virtual Blocks Blog Recap: Top Posts from May

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Every month, we compile a list of the top vSphere Storage posts from the previous month for you to enjoy.

Here are the top Virtual Blocks posts from May:

The Future Of Hyperconverged Is Already Here

Chuck Hollis recently sat down with Gabriel Long to talk about a VSAN cluster that was built that utilizes Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage technology flash storage. Chuck and Gabe talk about this hyperconverged environment and more.

Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in Now Available

Now generally available is the VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in. Created to address one of the paint points many storage solutions suffer from, Rafi Kabesa details helpful features of the plug-in, as well as the checks it implements.

20+ Common VSAN Questions

What makes VSAN so fast? How does VSAN protect my data? Chuck Hollis discusses a list of interesting questions the Virtual SAN team encounters most often, along with answers for each question. You don’t want to miss this one.

Virtual Volumes: VM-centricity And Why Its Important

With VM-centricity, Virtual Volumes eliminates a costly tradeoff that our customers have faced with traditional storage for years. Juan Novella discusses the concept and importance of VM-centricity.

VAAI Licensing Now Aligned with Virtual Volumes (VVol)

We believe the right way to manage storage is through VM-centric, policy-based management. When it comes to environments with traditional SAN and NAS storage, Virtual Volumes is the way to go. One necessary feature to enable a successful Virtual Volumes implementation is vSphere APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). Mauricio Barra talks about this and more in his blog.

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Not all VVols are Created Equal : Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes

It is my pleasure today to again offer a post that has been written by an esteemed industry colleague and guest blogger.  This post on VVol was written by Hitachi Data System’s Dinesh Singh.  Dinesh is Solutions Marketing Manager with Hitachi Data Systems focused on virtualization and cloud solutions. Dinesh drives awareness and adoption of HDS storage solutions for VMware Server and EUC virtualization platforms.  In this post Dinesh tells us about how Hitachi has approached the implementation of Virtual Volumes on their platform, and gives us some very nice detail about what can be done with HDS gear when coupled with Vvol.

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Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ

In Q1 of this year we announced the general availability of vSphere 6.0, which includes a key capability to the VMware vision for Software-Defined Storage: Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is an integration framework to make 3rd party storage systems VM-aware and thereby enables control over native storage capabilities using the VMware control plane for SDS management: Storage Policy-Based Management.
There are two parts needed for customers to embark on the VVol transformation.  The first requirement is vSphere 6.0 with integrated VVol and SPBM features, and the other is a VVol-enabled array. The main reason why VVol is such a disruptive technology is because of the wide support from the storage partner ecosystem. HP is a VVol design partner and one of the few partners to deliver Day 1 support for VVol.
Today I’m very pleased to offer a guest article from Eric Siebert, HP Solutions Marketing Manager and our very dear colleague on the VVol partnership.

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