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Architecting Virtual SAP HANA Using VMware Virtual Volumes & Hitachi Storage

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VMWorld Recap: SAP HANA and VMware Virtual Volumes This is a follow-up to my earlier VMWorld blog Virtualizing SAP HANA Databases Greater Than-1TB On vSphere-5-5, where I discussed SAP Multi-Temperature Data Management strategies and techniques which can significantly reduce the size and cost associated with SAP HANA’s in-memory footprint. This blog will focus on Software-Defined Storage Read more...

VMware EVO SDDC: An Insider’s View

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VMware was the first to paint a vision of the Software-Defined Datacenter as the architecture for hybrid cloud. In an SDDC all infrastructure resources and services (compute, storage and networking) are virtualized and more flexibly provisioned and managed through a policy-based, application centric approach. VMware customers have recognized the value of SDDC and are asking Read more...

EMC VMAX3 in a VVol World

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Today I have the pleasure of publishing a blog written by one of my colleagues at EMC, Drew Tonnesen.  Drew works as a Senior Consultant Systems Engineer in EMC VMAX Engineering focusing on VMware and other virtualization technologies. He has been employed by EMC since 2006. When he isn’t guest blogging, he maintains his own Read more...

How to Do a Virtual SAN Pricing Comparison the Right Way – Part 1

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Why should you read this blog post? Comparing storage solutions pricing was always complicated and now with new emerging architectures like Hyper-converged (HCI), it can become an even more daunting assignment. Figuring out how to get to a fair comparison, or as close to an apples-to-apples one, is really not trivial. I’ve spent many hours Read more...

Don’t Waste Your Memory

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Guest blog by Mark May, Enterprise Infrastructure Specialist and author of VirtualStorageZone. In this day and age, businesses make technology purchasing decisions based on many factors. However, more often than not, it comes down to one thing: money. The idea that Hyper-Converged Infrastructures can help organizations save money is nothing new. By buying the entire compute Read more...

EVO SDDC: Back for Barcelona!

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We officially launched EVO SDDC at VMworld in San Francisco just several weeks back and we’ll be in Barcelona next week to continue the momentum. To recap, at VMworld SF, we introduced EVO SDDC as the easiest way to deploy and run your software-defined data center. Working jointly with our hardware partners, we deliver the Read more...

Virtual Volumes: A Game Changer for Operations of Virtualized Business Critical Databases

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This is first of a series of posts on deploying vSphere Virtual Volumes for Tier 1 Business Critical Databases by Sudhir Balasubramanian (Senior Solutions Architect – Data Platforms) and Mohan Potheri (Senior Solutions Architect). Although this article is written with a focus on Oracle databases, much of this discussion holds good for any mission-critical application. Read more...

Simplifying VM Storage Operations with Hitachi Solutions for VMware Cloud Automation

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In this guest post Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), shares how the recently launched/upgraded range of management packs from HDS enhance the functionality of VMware cloud management and automation products.   vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) Hitachi storage content pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight delivers real-time log management to administrators Read more...

Redefining Virtual Desktop Capital Costs with Virtual SAN

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Until the release of Horizon 6 in mid-2014, per-user capital costs of virtual desktops (VDI) were typically higher than those of comparable physical desktops. The delta had been gradually eroded by a range of initiatives and was in many cases near-zero, but few organizations were able to achieve immediate capital cost savings by moving to Read more...