RDMs to vVols

Migrating WSFC RDMs to vVols

posted

RDMs aren't the most popular of storage option but are widely used for many applications that require SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations. SCSI-3 PRs allow SCSI commands to be directly passed to a LUN to satisfy the requirements of SCSI-3 PR used by Microsoft WSFC. WSFC is one of the more common examples of using RDMs. When Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 155: vSphere 7 Core Storage

posted

The release of vSphere 7 introduces several enhancements to core storage including external connectivity to NVMe devices with NVMeoF, shared VMDKs for Microsoft WSFC, and in VMFS, optimized first writes for thin-provisioned disks. This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we welcome Jason Massae to discuss what's new in vSphere 7 Core Storage. Links Mentioned Read more...

vSphere 7 with VMware’s Storage Partners

posted

VMware works closely with our storage partners when developing new features, enhancements and products. With vSphere 7 now GA, I want to highlight our storage partners' content for this release. As more partners release content, I will update this blog. Storage Partners Broadcom Delivers First-Ever NVMe over Fibre Channel In-Box Drivers for VMware ESXi 7.0 Read more...
RDM to Shared VMDK

vSphere 7 – RDM to Shared VMDK Migration

posted

With the release of vSphere 7, one of the core storage features is Shared VMDKs on VMFS. (See vSphere 7 Cores Storage details here.) Many clustered applications require SCSI-3 persistent reservation (SCSI3-PR) to be able to share disks between nodes in the cluster application. Microsoft’s Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) is the most common example. Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 150: What’s New in vSphere 7

posted

This month VMware announced vSphere 7 touting it as the biggest innovation since the launch of ESXi. This is a prettty signifigant release. So far the virtually speaking podcast covered part of the release in two previous episodes (vSphere with Kubernetes and vSphere Lifecycle Manager in the vSAN 7 episode) This week we weclome Niels Read more...

What’s New in vSphere 7 Core Storage

posted

vSphere 7 Core Storage With the announcement of vSphere 7, the anticipation of what’s new is over. What has been added or changed in this release? I’m glad you asked! In vSphere 7, there are some exciting new storage features and interoperability. Under core storage, we’ve added external connectivity to NVMe device with NVMeoF, shared Read more...

New vVols Lightboard Series

posted

vVols adoption is growing and continues to gain momentum in 2020! Together with vVols Partner ecosystem and VMware vVols team - we would like to present series of Lightboard Sessions discussing benefits, partner implementations, and various use cases. Below is a link to the first set in the series with a vVols overview - and Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Ep 140: Back to Basics vSphere Networking

posted

Continuing the "Back to Basics" series, this week we welcome back GSS Escalation Engineer Broc Yanda to discuss vSphere networking. Broc explains how to get the best performance out of vSphere hosts networking, failover, and other common networking misconceptions. Follow Broc on twitter. Check out John and Broc's VMworld session Top 10 things to know Read more...

iSCSI Port Binding: To Use or Not to Use

posted

As GSS’ most common storage issue, iSCSI Port Binding seems to be a pain point for many customers. Why is this— why so many calls and misconfigurations? I did a test session breaking out the iSCSI section from Cody Hosterman and my Core Storage Best practices session from VMworld, and I was amazed at the attendance! Read more...

What is VMware GSS’s View on vVols? It’s the Future!

posted

VMware Global Support Services Talks vVols   One of the topics that come ups around vVols is supportability. How are vVols issues resolved when things go wrong, how are issues handled, and what-if situations? Instead of trying to go through the different scenarios, you should watch Brandon McFeron’s VMworld session, “GSS talks vVols.” Brandon is Read more...