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ClearSky and vVols Storage: The Ultimate in vSphere-Integrated Storage – Delivered as a Service

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Emergence of new technology often brings with it new solutions that take advantage of the capabilities in interesting ways to solve problems for businesses.  I’ve recently been speaking with ClearSky and Xtium about an emerging model for storage they are bringing to the market. With Virtual Volumes as a fundamental building block of their solution, Read more...

IBM Storage and the Beauty and Benefits of vVols

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Once more I’m pleased to offer a guest post from another highly valued partner of ours in the vVols space, and another design partner for Virtual Volumes: IBM. Today’s post talks about some of the history of how IBM came to realize the promise of vVols, what problems we are all trying to fix, and Read more...

Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ

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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 (vVols). vVols 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 Read more...

Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

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I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?” A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that vVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking. Rawlinson has Read more...

vSphere APIs for IO Filtering

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I’ve been fortunate to have one of our super sharp product line managers, Alex Jauch (twitter @ajauch), spend some time explaining to me one of the new enabling technologies of vSphere 6.0: VAIO.  Let’s take a look at this really powerful capability and see what types of things it can enable and an overview of Read more...

Storage and Availability at Partner Exchange 2015

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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 Read more...

Automating Failover with SRM and PowerCLI

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Today we’ll take a look at running a recovery plan for SRM programatically, from the API via PowerCLI. In almost all scenarios, falling over in an automated fashion is a poor idea. There is a lot of risk associated with it and a lot of potential liability for failing over due to incorrect reasoning. Failing Read more...