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Interesting Storage Stuff at VMworld 2012 Barcelona

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Last month, I put together a short article on what I thought would be interesting to check out from a VMworld 2012 San Francisco perspective. On the run up to VMworld 2012 Barcelona, I thought I would do a similar post. Disclaimer – Once again, the vSphere storage blog has to remain storage vendor neutral Read more...

@VMwareStorage at VMworld 2012 Barcelona

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This is a complete list of what I’ll be involved in at this year’s VMworld 2012 in Barcelona Monday, October 8 12:15 – 14:00  ~ TAM Day: ‘Birds of a Feather’ Lunch 14:15 – 16:00 ~ TAM Day: ‘Ask The Experts’ Panel Session Tuesday, October 9 12:30 – 1:30 ~ Meet The Experts – 01 Read more...

Distributed Storage Tech Preview [with video]

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As most of the followers of this blog will know by now, VMware made some significant announcements around its storage direction at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco last month. One of the announcements related to this new feature called Distributed Storage – basically the ability to take ESXi hosts with just local storage and build Read more...

VAAI Offloads and KAVG Latency

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Now this is an interesting one, and something that I had not noticed before. Nor have many other people I suspect. One of our customers was observing high KAVG (kernel latency) during Storage vMotion operations (which were leveraging the VAAI XCOPY primitive). The KAVG latency was showing an expected value when VAAI was disabled. I’d Read more...

New Features of the vSphere Storage Appliance version 5.1

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This post is to highlight the new features of the recently announced vSphere Storage Appliance version 5.1. The major enhancements to VSA v5.1 are two fold. The first is to enhance the VSA for the SMB/SME markets; the second is to move into adjacent markets such as ROBO. Before we start, I want to make Read more...

vSphere 5.1 New Storage Features

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vSphere 5.1 is upon us. The following is a list of the major storage enhancements introduced with the vSphere 5.1 release. VMFS File Sharing Limits In previous versions of vSphere, the maximum number of hosts which could share a read-only file on a VMFS volume was 8. The primary use case for multiple hosts sharing Read more...

Interesting Storage Stuff at VMworld 2012 (US)

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Posted by Cormac Hogan Technical Marketing Architect (Storage) I put together a short article on some of the things that I’ll be checking out from a storage perspective at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco next week. This is by no means a definitive list, and I’m sure we’ll hear more fantastic announcements in the coming Read more...

@VMwareStorage at VMworld 2012

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Posted by Cormac Hogan Technical Marketing Architect (Storage) A brief note to tell you about what I am involved in at this years VMworld 2012. Of course, it is all storage related. I’d be delighted if you come along to one of my ‘official’ sessions, but I understand that there is so much to see Read more...

vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) & Fault Tolerant VMs

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I was recently involved in some discussions about how Fault Tolerance would behave on the vSphere Storage Appliance. The crux of the matter was what would happen if a host in the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) suffered a failure. Those of you who are familiar with the VSA will be aware that the VSA takes Read more...