Dell EMC VMAX and PowerMax CP 1.3/Log Insight 8.6

VMware recently released the vRealize Suite 8.6 which includes Log Insight version 8.6. You may have noticed they skipped Log Insight 8.5, though it is not the only vRealize product that did not have a version 8.5. My guess is VMware wanted to re-align all vRealize versions so they simply skipped 8.5 for some products.... Continue Reading →

PiTs with SRM and the SRDF SRA

I wanted to revisit this post on using point-in-time (PiTs) with SRM and the SRDF SRA having just demonstrated SRM with virtual and physical infrastructure. A dual purpose environment was the original impetus for adding the parameter IgnoreActivatedSnapshots so many years ago now, and as it has been four years since the post I thought... Continue Reading →

The Dell EMC PowerMax Veeam Plug-in

Today the Dell EMC PowerMax Veeam Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication went GA and is available for download from their website here under the Storage Plug-ins tab.  The plug-in has been a high priority ask from our customers for a while because taking advantage of our local replication technology provides the same type of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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