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SDS – The Missing Link – Storage Automation for Application Service Catalogs

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Automation technologies are a fundamental dependency to all aspects of the Software-Defined Data center. The use of automation technologies not only increases the overall productivity of the software-defined data center, but it can also accelerate the adoption of today’s modern operating models. In recent years, a subset of the core pillars of the software-defined data Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Webinar Series: Hitachi

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On Wednesday April 15 Hitachi is hosting a one hour technical webinar event to discuss how Hitachi Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes can bring customers on a reliable enterprise journey to a software-defined, policy-controlled data center. The webinar covers more than just the technical aspects of Virtual Volumes but also the operational value and efficiency Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) Interoperability Matrix

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Since the official release of vSphere 6.0, Virtual Volumes (VVols) has generated a great deal of interest with customers, field consultants, and the VMware community. Now that VVols is available customers can begin testing functionality and capabilities. There have been many questions about what VMware products and vSphere features are compatible and currently interoperate with Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: Data Encryption with Hytrust DataControl

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Customers from different industries and institutions are very interested in Virtual SAN as a storage solution not just because of the technological value it delivers today, but because of the product’s undeniable value around operational efficiency, ease of management, and flexibility. Some of these customers are from financial, healthcare and government institutions, and conduct their Read more...

Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime. Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN Alarms for vCenter Server with PowerCLI

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I was recently involved in a couple customer conversations where the main topics were focused on monitoring and troubleshooting events in vCenter particularly for Virtual SAN. I know that particular topic has been covered a few times in the past, not only on the VMware corporate storage blog but also by other community blogs. To Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: Bootstorm Demonstration

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Since the official announcement of VMware Virtual SAN All-Flash architecture, most of the conversations have been focused about the solutions incredible performance capabilities and attributes with regards to IOPS, predictable performance, sub-millisecond latencies. All of those attributes are great and part of the reason as to why Virtual SAN 6.0 as a storage platform and Read more...

vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability: VAAI APIs vs VVOLs

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In 2011 VMware introduced block based VAAI APIs as part of vSphere 4.1 release. This APIs helped improving performance of VMFS by providing offload of some of the heavy operations to the storage array. In subsequent release, VMware added VAAI APIs for NAS, thin provisioning, and T10 command support for Block VAAI APIs. Now with Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN: All-Flash Configuration

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The cat is officially out of the bag, as they say!. Everyone in the world should now be aware of the fact that VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 supports an all-flash architecture. I think it’s time to discuss a couple of items with regards to a new architecture. The Virtual SAN 6.0 All-Flash architecture uses flash-based Read more...

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

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It is with great pleasure and joy that I like to announce the official launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0, one of VMware’s most innovative software-defined storage products and the best hypervisor-converged storage platform for virtual machines. Virtual SAN 6.0 delivers a vast variety of enhancements, new features to the as well as performance and scalability Read more...