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vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) – Introduction

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Let's start with a brief introduction. In vSphere 5.0, VMware releases a new storage appliance called the VSA.  VSA is an acronym for “vSphere Storage Appliance”. This appliance is aimed at our SMB (Small and Mid-size Business) customers who may not be in a position to purchase a physical SAN or NAS array for their Read more...

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 – VAAI

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In a previous post, I mentioned that one of the primary objectives of Storage enhancements in 5.0 is to make the management of storage much simpler. In order to do this we are trying to encourage customers to use much larger and far fewer datastores. One feature that assists in achieving this goal is Thin Read more...

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 – Storage vMotion

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Storage vMotion allows the migration of running VMs from one datastore to another without incurring any downtime. It was first introduced as a mechanism to assist customers to move VMs from VMFS-2 to VMFS-3 (without incurring VM downtime) when moving from ESX 2.x to ESX 3.0.1. In fact, we didn't even call it Storage vMotion Read more...

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 – VMFS-5

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One of the primary objectives of Storage enhancements in 5.0 is to make the management of storage much simpler. One way to do this is to reduce the number of storage objects that a customer has to manager, i.e. enable our customers to use far fewer and much larger datastores. To that end, we are Read more...

vSphere 5.0 Storage Features – Introduction

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As of today, VMware officially launched the 5.0 release of vSphere. There were of course many new storage features announced, such as Storage DRS & Profile Driven Storage as well as many enhancements to already existing vSphere storage features like VMFS-5 and vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration, commonly referred to as VAAI. Also VMware Read more...