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Announcing vSAN Private Beta

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Announcing vSAN Private Beta: Data Protection, File Services and Cloud-Native Storage  VMware’s focus on innovation in the Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) industry continues to increase IT agility and availability while lowering costs, empowering businesses to accelerate digital transformation. We are excited to share a preview of some of the latest innovations via a vSAN Private Beta. The beta Read more...

Announcing vSAN 6.7 Update 1

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We’re excited to share many key announcements for VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, including hybrid cloud leadership, launch of vSAN 6.7 Update 1 and expansion of the HCI ecosystem. The HCI market continues to evolve; when VMware vSAN launched in 2014, HCI primarily focused on modernizing core data centers’ compute and storage resources. Five years on, HCI Read more...

GreyBeards HCI podcast with Lee Caswell

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GreyBeards  published podcast with Lee Caswell,  discussing HCI stack , Edge computing, and vVol adoption. It is a great timing – as VMworld is just a few days away and it provides key takeaways to discuss at the event. Here are the key topics discussed by Lee: HCI operates at the edge – with ROBO-2-server environments, VMware’s Read more...

Better Together: Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and Virtual Volumes (VVol)

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Recently there has been a lot of interest in VMware’s Virtual Volumes (VVols) technology as our shared- storage customers begin to understand the value of deploying vSphere policy-based storage management.  As our customers have become more experienced with VVols, many have started to ask how they can implement business continuance and disaster recovery solutions using Read more...
VMware and HPE

HPE and VMware: A Collaboration that Equals Competitive Advantage

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By Paul Miller, HPE VP portfolio Marketing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Tom Herrmann, VP Global Strategic Alliances, VMware   Customers tell us their top challenge is to deliver innovation fast enough while controlling cost and risk. This is especially acute when they have to do that across hybrid cloud while trying to ensure security, compliance, Read more...
All Flash vSAN Cache Tier Sizing

Extending All Flash vSAN Cache Tier Sizing Requirement for Different Endurance Level Flash Device

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Introduction The flash storage industry evolved through many key changes in the last couple of years. For example, there are now new devices with high performance and endurance with smaller capacity points. At the same time, large capacity devices with lower endurance are becoming available in the enterprise market. With these changes, it requires to Read more...

NVMe Management Interface – Part Four

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NVMe Management Interface Architectural Overview NVMeTM Management Interface (NVMe-MITM) is targeted at enterprise and hyperscale applications and currently not at client applications. The use cases include: Inventorying (Asset Management), Health Monitoring (Identify bad drives), Wear Monitoring (Replace drives nearing wear-out), Temperature Monitoring (Fan throttling), Power Monitoring and configuration, Configuring (format drives, crypto erase), Change Management (update Read more...

NVMe Readiness – Part Three

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NVMe Specification Readiness NVM Express® is an open collection of standards and information and the NVM Express organization (www.nvmexpress.org) is responsible for specifying the NVMe specifications. To date (August 2018) it has released several specifications: Base NVMe Specifications including NVMe 1.0e, 1.2.1 and 1.3 NVMeTM Over Fabric 1.0 Specification and NVMeTM Management Interface 1.0 Specification Read more...

NVMe Over Fabrics – Part Two

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NVMe Over Fabrics Architectural Overview NVMeTM Over Fabrics replaces the PCIe transport with a fabric technology such as RDMA or Fibre Channel (FC) fabric as shown in Figure 3. Transports for RDMA fabric include Ethernet (ROCE), InfiniBand and iWARP. Native TCP (non-RDMA) transport is also possible (TCP is still Work-In-Progress as of July 2018). Figure 3: Read more...

Base NVM Express – Part One

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Written by Murali Rajagopal, PhD- VMware Storage Architect, Office of the CTO There is much in the way of NVMe ExpressTM (NVMeTM) literature publicly available especially surrounding SSDs – mainly originating from device manufacturers. This blog provides a grand overview of the NVM ExpressTM technology, the eco-system, NVM ExpressTM specifications, devices and interfaces. It is Read more...