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

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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 Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability: VAAI APIs vs VVOLs

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In 2011 VMware introduced block based VAAI APIs as part of vSphere 4.1 release. This APIs helped improving performance of VMFS by providing offload of some of the heavy operations to the storage array. In subsequent release, VMware added VAAI APIs for NAS, thin provisioning, and T10 command support for Block VAAI APIs. Now with Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN: All-Flash Configuration

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The cat is officially out of the bag, as they say!. Everyone in the world should now be aware of the fact that VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 supports an all-flash architecture. I think it’s time to discuss a couple of items with regards to a new architecture. The Virtual SAN 6.0 All-Flash architecture uses flash-based 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...

VMware’s 64-Node All-Flash VSAN Demo at PEX

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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.   If you missed it, Read more...

The Software-Defined Storage Pavilion is Open!

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PEX 2015 is off to a great start, and in case you missed it Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is key component of what VMware wants to show the partner community this year. We announced VMware Virtual SAN 6, the next generation of the radically simple hypervisor-converged storage software, and vSphere Virtual Volumes, a new integration framework Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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 It is with great pleasure and joy that I like to announce the official launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0, one of VMware’s most innovative software-defined storage products and the best hypervisor-converged storage platform for virtual machines. Virtual SAN 6.0 delivers a vast variety of enhancements, new features to the as well as performance and scalability Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes

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Today VMware announced the release of vSphere 6.0 and with this announcement comes the official release of vSphere Virtual Volumes. vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) is VMware’s new management & integration framework designed to deliver a more efficient operational model for external storage. vSphere Virtual Volumes implements the core tenants of the VMware SDS vision to Read more...