vVols, Oracle RAC, and VMware SRM

Recently I've been working on a project covering Oracle RAC running on vVols. We have more customers taking a good look at vVols, particularly now as we offer both HA (embedded VASA containers) and replication, and Oracle comes up frequently as an application they might want to run. It's fair to say we also see... Continue Reading →

ESA 6.2

Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics, the plugin to vRealize Operations, is now out with version 6.2. I haven't posted on ESA since 6.0 because 6.1 did not make any changes for PowerMax. This release, however, has a couple new features. The major features are: FC-NVMe tolerance vVol replication support (vROps 8.4 support - OK this... Continue Reading →

vCenter 6.5 – 7.0 critical security issue

I normally don't cover the various security patches that VMware releases for different vCenter versions, but this one rises to the level of code red (9.8 out of 10). Some outside groups discovered that if they had access to port 443 on the vCenter, they could get unrestricted access to the underlying operating system. This... Continue Reading →

PowerMax Data Reduction & VMware

Before I discuss data reduction on the PowerMax, I will acknowledge that this can be a confusing topic or process in general. A couple of our field guys, Dan McKenney and Ken Gotsch, get frequent questions in the field as they work with data reduction all the time in VMware, so I offered to write... Continue Reading →

vSphere 7.0 U2 – iSCSI, vVols

VMware recently released Update 2 for vSphere 7, both ESXi and the vCenter. I'm going to cover a few of the new additions in this release, though not all, so I have put in the links to the READMEs. VMware updates used to be minor events, but more and more they are packing these with... Continue Reading →

SRM 8.4 and the SRDF SRA

VMware recently released a bunch of new software versions for various products including vSphere and SRM. I'm going to cover the updates to vSphere in a different post soon, so this one is only for SRM. The new 8.4 release doesn't have a lot of features in it (mostly UI changes), but it is required... Continue Reading →

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