Software-Defined Infrastructure Summit: Changes in Storage Favor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

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At the new Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Summit in Santa Clara, California, enterprise IT leaders gathered to discuss new technologies and solutions to enable business benefits from big data and cloud computing. The conference ran for three days (December 1-3) at the Santa Clara Convention Center and focused on software-defined storage (SDS), software-defined data center (SDDC), 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...

Datacenter Complexity: Fixing Compute and Storage

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Datacenters are complicated and have lots of moving parts. Virtualization has delivered a great deal of value due to density and agility, but it sits atop complex, expensive hardware. We can fix that with some clever redesign and software, making it much simpler. We can also make it more reliable, scale better, perform better, and 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...

An important KB for VSAN Stretched Cluster

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Today we released a very important KB article, KB 2135952, for VSAN stretched cluster. It informs customers on how to handle a split partition/network partition scenario on a VSAN stretched cluster. The reason we released the KB was as follows: In the event of a split-brain scenario in a VSAN stretched cluster, where the two 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...

How to Do a Virtual SAN Pricing Comparison the Right Way – Part 1

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Why should you read this blog post? Comparing storage solutions pricing was always complicated and now with new emerging architectures like Hyper-converged (HCI), it can become an even more daunting assignment. Figuring out how to get to a fair comparison, or as close to an apples-to-apples one, is really not trivial. I’ve spent many hours 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...