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By Alberto Farronato, director of product marketing, Storage and Availability, VMware

VMworld 2014 will deliver plenty of news, customer testimonials, panels, sessions, demos and more on VMware’s software-defined storage and business continuity products and initiatives. Following are a few show highlights.

Increased DR Capabilities

We’re excited to announce vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 today at VMworld 2014. This new release of SRM delivers next-generation disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere environments.  New capabilities include:

  • 5x the scale of protection – IT organizations can set up recovery plans scalable up to 5,000 virtual machines per vCenter Server using array-based replication to enable enterprise-level protection–five times larger than with previous limits.
  • Enhanced self-service – New integrations will offer customers self-service access to provision predefined disaster recovery protection tiers to new VMs via blueprints in vCloud Automation Center when using array-based replication.

To learn more about vCenter SRM 5.8, don’t miss the following VMworld session:

BCO2394 – “Site Recovery Manager 101: What’s New and Customer Case Study”

Monday, Aug 25, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

New: vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8

We’re also happy to introduce vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8. Powered by EMC Avamar technology, vSphere Data Protection Advanced offers simple, efficient, and robust backup capabilities for vSphere environments. The new release delivers:

  • Enhanced support for business-critical apps – customers can now perform backups for Microsoft SQL Server clusters as well as Microsoft Exchange DAGs (Database Availability Groups).
  • Customizable Proxies and Backup Work Streams – customers now have the flexibility of choosing the number of parallel backup workstreams to satisfy Service Level Agreements (SLAs) helping them to increase backup scalability and performance.
  • Enhanced Replication – customers can now restore replicated backups at either primary or disaster recovery site.

Get the details on vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8 at the following sessions:

BCO2410 – “BC/DR: Implementing a Holistic Strategy with VMware Solutions – Part 1 Business Overview”

Monday, Aug 25, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

BCO2172 – “BC/DR: Implementing a Holistic Strategy with VMware Solutions – Part 2 Technical”

Wednesday, Aug 27, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Virtual Volumes Technology Preview

Virtual Volumes (aka VVOLs) was unveiled at VMworld 2012 San Francisco as a technology preview. The technology extends VMware’s software-defined storage model to external storage.  VVOLs transforms SAN/NAS into VM-centric devices by making the virtual disk a native representation of the VM at the array level, and enables app-centric, policy-based automation of SAN and NAS based services.

VVOLs has drawn strong interest from our storage partners. Their interest will be readily apparent at this year’s VMworld if you attend sessions or walk the show floor. To learn more about their VVOLs efforts, drop by the following booths:

Dell Booth 1417  Nimble Booth 1521 
EMC Booth 1405  Tintri Booth 921 
HP Booth 1005  SolidFire Booth 1629 
Hitachi Data Systems Booth 905  Symantec Booth 1635 
IBM Booth 913 

 

Check out the following sessions to get smart on VVOLs:

STO1963 – “Virtual Volumes Business Overview”

Tuesday, Aug 26, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

STO1965 – “Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive”

Tuesday, Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM & Wednesday, Aug 27, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

 

What’s New with Virtual SAN

In 2013, VMware Virtual SAN was unveiled and was being readied for a lengthy public beta. Today, Virtual SAN is generally available with more than 300 customers.

Virtual SAN Ready Nodes have helped to jump start Virtual SAN deployments.  Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are pre-validated configurations of servers ready to run Virtual SAN. Today, 40 Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are available for purchase directly from our system vendor partners (view list of Ready Nodes). Hitachi and Huawei are the latest partners to introduce new Virtual SAN Ready Nodes joining Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Supermicro.

Additionally, VMware EVO: RAIL was introduced today. It is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that streamlines the deployment and scale out of modern IT infrastructure. Virtual SAN is part of the 100 percent VMware software stack included in EVO: RAIL. It offers customers another option to get started with Virtual SAN. Customers can now get started with Virtual SAN by selecting components from the Hardware Compatibility List, relying on pre-configured Ready Node servers or purchasing EVO: RAIL – an all-in-one appliance.

Learn how customers are using Virtual SAN at the following panel and session:

STO2462 – “Virtual SAN – Customer Panel”

Wednesday, Aug 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

STO1424 – “Massively Scaling Virtual SAN Implementations”

Thursday, Aug 28, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

We want to thank our customers and partners for making 2014 a momentous year for VMware Storage and Availability. We wish you a great show and time in San Francisco.

 

About the Author

Rafi Kabesa

Rafael Kabesa is a product marketing manager at VMware, and is currently working on VMware's Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) offerings. Rafael has been working in the technology space for 9 years, and he holds a B.Sc in Computer Science, and an MBA. Follow him on twitter: @rafikabesa