Virtual Volumes Concepts and Architecture Videos

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In this post I wanted to share a few short videos from the VMware Technical Communications team. The videos cover the concepts and architecture of Virtual Volumes and provide a good overview of the building blocks for a vVols deployment. Virtual Volumes Part 1: Concepts This first video provides an overview of some key Virtual Volumes concepts, including the Read more...

Virtual Volumes at EMC World

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EMC world is coming up quickly and will be held in Las Vegas from May 2nd to May 5th. This year there will be plenty to talk about for Virtual Volumes. In December 2015, the EMC VMAX team became the first EMC array to deliver certified support for vVols and the VNX team have also launched their Read more...

Virtual Volumes: First Year In Review

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With the release of vSphere 6.0, in March 2015, VMware released the long anticipated Virtual Volumes feature (a.k.a. vVols). Looking back over the past year, there has been a lot of customer interest and partner activity around Virtual Volumes. Adoption of Virtual Volumes is steadily increasing as more and more customers are moving to vSphere 6 to Read more...

Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 2 – Virtual Volumes

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 Virtual Volumes (vVols) is a framework developed by VMware and partners in the storage industry to transform the way VMs are stored by enabling VM-awareness on arrays.  vVols eliminates static storage constraints by removing LUNs, filesystems and volumes, and giving the array direct visibility and understanding of the VM objects they store.  This enables Read more...

Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy-Based Management for Databases

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By Sudhir Balasubramanian (Senior Solutions Architect – Data Platforms) and Mohan Potheri (Senior Solutions Architect) In the first part of this series, we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series, we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes Read more...

Crash Consistent Backups and Database Cloning with Virtual Volumes

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By Sudhir Balasubramanian (Senior Solutions Architect – Data Platforms) and Mohan Potheri (Senior Solutions Architect) In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In the second part of this series we examined in more detail how Virtual Volumes Read more...

Getting Ready for Virtual Volumes

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At VMworld this year one of the most common questions I was asked was "how can I get started with vVols"? In this blog we'll cover a couple of key things you can do to get ready for vVols. Taking vVols for a Test Drive Hands-On For those of you wishing to get a hands-on Read more...

Virtual Volumes for Database Backup and Recovery

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By Sudhir Balasubramanian (Senior Solutions Architect – Data Platforms) and Mohan Potheri (Senior Solutions Architect) In the first part of this series we provided a high level view of the benefits of using Virtual Volumes enabled storage for database operations. In this post, we will examine in more detail how Virtual Volumes can improve the Read more...