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iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

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As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...

What is VMware GSS’s View on vVols? It’s the Future!

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VMware Global Support Services Talks vVols   One of the topics that come ups around vVols is supportability. How are vVols issues resolved when things go wrong, how are issues handled, and what-if situations? Instead of trying to go through the different scenarios, you should watch Brandon McFeron’s VMworld session, “GSS talks vVols.” Brandon is Read more...
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How to Get the Latest Info on vVols at VMworld Europe

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VMware and our storage partners continue to develop and support Virtual Volumes or vVols. This year, at VMworld US in San Francisco, there were several vVols sessions, indicating the growing interest and adoption of vVols. The increased focus is your opportunity to hear and learn the latest information on vVols. If you are going to Read more...
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vVols at VMworld 2019 Past and Future

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As customers and partners upgrade to current infrastructure and vSphere releases in their environment, Virtual Volumes or vVols are more relevant than ever.  As VMware, and storage partners continue to develop and promote vVols, the interest has skyrocketed and the number of VMworld vVols shows! Nobody enjoys managing LUNs, RDMs, countless datastores, etc in their Read more...
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Virtual Volumes (vVols) at VMworld 2019

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vVols at VMworld 2019, Make Your Mark With the continued development of vVols from VMware, and more importantly storage vendors, the adoption of vVols continues to accelerate. More and more customers are realizing the efficiency and ease of use in managing external storage with Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM).  vVols allows policy control of external storage Read more...

SPBM Host-Based Rules: SIOC v2

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SPBM Host-Based Rules: Storage I/O Control via Policy As we wrap up the SPBM series, this episode we will look at the difference between Storage I/O Control version 1 and 2. Unlike SIOC v1, v2 is policy based and allows for storage I/O control at the VM level. A quick overview of SIOC; SIOC v1 is Read more...

VM Encryption using SPBM Policies

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SPBM Host-based Rules: VM Encryption   Continuing the SPBM series, in this episode, we are going to focus on the host-based rule: VM Encryption. With the release of vSphere 6.5, you can utilize virtual machine encryption protecting your VM, disks, and files. Because VM Encryption uses SPBM polices, you may now encrypt individual VMs or Read more...

#StorageMinute: Virtual Volumes (vVols) and UNMAP

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Welcome to the #StorageMinute series where we deliver key topics via bite-size content. In this edition, we will take a look at Virtual Volumes (vVols) and UNMAP. Recently I’ve had a few conversations on vVols and UNMAP asking whether UNMAP works with vVols and if so how. The short answer is yes Trim/UNMAP work very well Read more...
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#StorageMinute: Virtual Volumes (vVols) on Dell EMC Unity

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As we continue the StorageMinute series we are going to go into a more specific functionality with a few different vendors. Today’s vendor is Dell EMC on the Unity platform. Each vendor and array can have different capabilities and operations when it comes to vVols. With Unity series, vVols capabilities are managed via storage pools Read more...