traditional datastores

VVols & vSAN Interoperability: The Key to Integrating AFAs, HCI and Public Cloud

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Authored by Vaughn Stewart, VP, Technology Alliance Partners, Pure Storage, Inc.   All-Flash Arrays, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, and the Public Cloud – the three building blocks underpinning IT infrastructure modernization efforts. Individually each architecture provides tremendous advantages; however, collectively they can be a challenge to integrate into a comprehensive hybrid cloud strategy. VMware vSphere provides customers the Read more...

Using SPBM Policies to Manage Your Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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  In the first of the SPBM series, we talked about Tag based Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). Next, in the series, we will review how you can manage Virtual Volumes (VVols) using SPBM. If you are unfamiliar with VVols, take a look at Storagehub for an overview and more details on what and how 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...
Encrypted VMs

Backing Up And Replicating Encrypted VMs

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Introduction I got a question from a customer a while back about backing up and replicating encrypted VMs – it’s a fair question, “if they’re encrypted, how can I backup and restore”? This was particularly pertinent as the customer in question was a service provider – so it wasn’t as clean cut and straightforward as Read more...
VVols

Backing Up Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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As the end of general support for vSphere 5.5 approaches and customers plan their migrations, the amount of customer VVol conversations I’m having has significantly increased.  As a fair portion of these conversations involves data protection, I thought it would be appropriate to update my previous post on Backing up VVols. Does migrating to VVols affect Read more...
Virtual Blocks

How is SPBM different to Tag-Based Placement?

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I received a question recently that revolved around the distinction between the different types of VM Storage Policies available, namely Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) for vSAN and VVols, and tag-based placement (for all datastores).   SPBM is the storage management framework inherent within vSAN and VVols that allows for granular control over your VM Read more...

VMworld Deep Thoughts

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  As VMworld season approaches, and the VMworld catalog is live, you may have some questions. You may ask yourself “Where do I start with so much material”? And you may ask yourself “Who’s session should I attend?” And you may wonder “How do I get into that party?” And you may ask yourself “Where Read more...

Virtual Volumes now supports WSFC

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One of the announcements in the vSphere 6.7 launch that caught my attention was VVol support for WSFC (Windows Server Failover Clustering) using SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations. This is great news for customers still working with RDMs. WSFC clustering solutions use SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations which enables access for multiple nodes to a device (VVol disk) and simultaneously blocks Read more...
Pivotal Container Service

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 78: vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

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The vSphere 6.7 release offers several new features and enhancements to further the advancement of storage functionality. This week we welcome VMware Core Storage expert Jason Massae to walk us through various features and enhancements. Sitting in for John this week is VMware Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO and good friend of the Virtually Read more...