Stranded space on VMAX All Flash datastores – can I get it back?

In a word, yes. Let me start with a basic explanation of VMware storage versus array storage. A VMAX All Flash (AFA) array is a completely thin-provisioned box. A hallmark of using a thin array with VMware invariably means what VMware reports as used storage in a datastore may not reflect what an array reports... Continue Reading →

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VMAX TB and best practices

I've just completed the latest update to the VMAX/VMware TechBook, a tome (I can be derogatory since it's mine) of some 400 plus pages that explains how best to use VMware on the various VMAX/VMAX3/VMAX AFA arrays. You can find it here. When customers ask me about best practices, a link to this doc is... Continue Reading →

vRA and VVols redux

About a year ago I published a post on integrating vRealize Automation 7 (vRA) with VVols. At that time the implementation was really a manual process because VMware had not created a Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) package for vRA 7, only version 6. In September of last year VMware finally updated the SPBM package... Continue Reading →

VMware-VMAX integration

This week at Dell EMC World I presented a session on the ways the VMAX platform integrates into VMware software. Essentially this is my job, figuring out where we can integrate and then whether we should integrate - and of course all that follows - researching, testing, documenting, etc. We already have lots of integration points... Continue Reading →

Uninstall the VSI plug-in

I mean who wants to do that? Well turns out lots of people. I've had my share of battling with the VSI plug-in but I expect it with all my development environments. It has come to my attention, though, that many customers also experience the joy of trying to uninstall the plug-in. This is a typical, frustrated... Continue Reading →

VMAX CP for Log Insight rebrand

When Dell took over EMC, there were a number of sub-company names created for the purposes of distinguishing products across our portfolio. While the company as a whole is known as Dell Technologies, the division I work for retained the EMC name so we are known as Dell EMC (hence my banner). (This is not... Continue Reading →

SRDF SRA, SRDF-AU and VCSA

Today we have some good news for those of our customers who use VMware SRM, the SRDF SRA, and the vCenter Virtual Appliance. Let's start with some background information for context, though I am going to assume the reader is familiar with these technologies already. The EMC SRDF SRA is the Storage Replication Adapter which integrates... Continue Reading →

SnapVX and Oracle Data Guard

I'm off the beaten path today courtesy of a friend and colleague in Chicago. We both used to work at Oracle so when he gives me a call it's typically not about my VMAX/VMware fare. In this case he had a customer who wanted to use SnapVX to instantiate a physical standby database, i.e. Data Guard.... Continue Reading →

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