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...

NEC Storage Products Released Featuring Virtual Volumes

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This post was written by Tomohiro Igakura, Lead Engineer, IT Platform Division at NEC Corporation. The VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) storage framework is becoming recognized as a landmark technology that solves the challenges virtual environments continue to face. Officially released on February 3, 2015, vVols is a new feature of VMware vSphere® 6.0 and is Read more...

Thank You for Joining Us in Barcelona!

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The Storage and Availability solutions team wanted to say a huge Thank You to you our customers and partners for making VMworld Europe another great success! The excitement, momentum, and energy was palpable. It goes without saying that we are fortunate to have the best customers and partners taking this journey with us. Virtual SAN Read more...

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...

EMC VMAX3 in a vVols 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...

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 (vVols) 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 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...

NexGen and Virtual Volumes

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In this guest blog Mike Koponen, Sr. Director of Business Development at NexGen, shares more details on the Virtual Volumes implementation with NexGen Storage. Mike has more than twenty years of experience in the storage industry and has participated in all but the very first VMworld. Storage QoS - A Must Have for VMware Environments         Read more...

Virtual Volumes with Fujitsu ETERNUS Storage

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In another of the series of Virtual Volume information from our partners, today I am pleased to offer a post by Manuel Lange, product manager for the ETERNUS storage systems at Fujitsu.  Thank you Manuel for the material, our customers always appreciate the details on how things work in real implementations! Read more...