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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...

Virtual Volumes and the SDDC

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I saw a question the other day that asked “Can someone explain what the big deal is about Virtual Volumes?”   A fair question. The shortest, easiest answer is that VVols offer per-VM management of storage that helps deliver a software defined datacenter. That, however, is a pretty big statement that requires some unpacking.  Rawlinson has 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...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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UPDATE: a new article has been published that supersedes this one.  If you have reached this page through a search or bookmark, then read the following article instead: SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication (new version)   SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when Read more...

Oracle Licensing Discussion – The Definitive Collateral Collection

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The Oracle licensing webinar was broadcast on Mar19, 2015 and the replay is available at the link below. The webinar and the link, hosted by Database Trends and Analysis (DBTA) was delivered as a collaborative effort between VMware and a number of VMware partners. Don Sullivan moderated the event which included individual presentations of approximately Read more...

Confessions of an Energy Consciousness Mind

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I have a confession.  My data center kit has been using too much energy. Having kit available at my disposable is great, but I have been wasting this resource when it’s not required by my workloads. And if there’s one thing I try to be conscious of, it’s energy consumption. Just ask my kids who Read more...

What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.0?

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Software-Defined Storage is making waves in the storage and virtual infrastructure fields. Data and infrastructure are intertwined, and when they’re both brought together, companies can cut down on expenses and increase productivity. Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect, Storage and Availability, recently hosted a webinar, discussing how VMware is approaching Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and virtualization in recently Read more...

Enable Auto Deploy on vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6

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Many customers are now converting over to use the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 since vSphere 6 has reached feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server. For those of you who are new to using the appliance, I figured I would walk you through setting up the Auto Deploy portion of the server. 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...