VMworld Recap: What’s New in Storage & Availability

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VMworld 2015 US offered another strong performance for storage and availability solutions. The conference was flooded with more than 23,000 attendants eager to hear about the latest solutions VMware was cooking. If you attended the conference, you know that the message was loud and clear: One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device. The VMware Storage and Read more...

SRM 6.1 What’s New

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Now that you have read about our announcement regarding the SRM family and how it allows you to achieve hybrid cloud availability, let’s get into some detail on what’s new with SRM 6.1. There are three primary new features in SRM 6.1: Storage Policy Based Protection Groups (SPPGs) Stretched Storage Integration Enhanced Integration with VMware Read more...

VMware Announces Next-Gen Hybrid Cloud Availability and Mobility

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In today’s digital world, businesses need to run 24x7 at global scale without IT service interruptions just to stay competitive. Even a few hours of application downtime can impact productivity, cause revenue loss and damage a business’ reputation. Protecting data and applications against outages is consequently a top priority for IT. The Software-Defined Data Center Read more...

Hitachi Data Systems Extends vSphere Virtual Volumes and VMware Data Protection Offerings

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In this guest post Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, shares an update on further integration with VMware products and support for our Software-Defined Storage strategy. HDS recently announced new Software-defined storage solutions to help customers run agile and available IT operations. HDS announced support for vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) on the Read more...

VMware and the Future of Storage and Availability

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From the early days of VMware, it became clear that dealing with storage in efficient and scalable ways were key requirements for the success of virtualization in enterprise environments. Indeed, the storage stack of ESXi, including VMFS, played a key role in the proliferation of virtualization in data centers, where data is stored and managed Read more...

SRM Protection Group Design Considerations

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When designing vCenter Site Recovery Manager environments the question of how to organize Protection Groups (PG) frequently comes up. In this post we’ll review what a protection group is, where it fits in the context of SRM and the factors to keep in mind when deciding how to organize them. What is a Protection Group? Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when implementing SRM is which technology to use and for what VMs. The two technologies can be used together in an SRM environment though not to protect the same VM. Given that, what are the differences Read more...

SRM 6.0 is Now Generally Available – What’s New?

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Now that Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.0 is available for download, here is an overview of the latest features, additions and improvements: Improved interoperability with Storage DRS and Storage vMotion Simplified SSL certificate requirements Full integration with vSphere 6.0 IP customization enhancements Improved interoperability with SDRS and Storage vMotion In previous versions of SRM there Read more...

Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

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A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why Read more...