Dell SRDF SRA 10.0.1 and Targetless Gold Copies

As part of the PowerMaxOS 10 SR released today, we have a new SRDF SRA which has a feature I've been requesting for, well, years: targetless gold copies on failover (planned or disaster recovery). The new capability will enable customers to avoid creating extra devices when they are in need of a pristine copy of... Continue Reading →

PowerMax CSI v2.4 – REST 10, SRDF changes

PowerMax CSI v2.4 is available on GitHub now and can be found here. This CSI is one developed by Dell which enables provisioning of PowerMax volumes to kubernetes environments. While it is typically used in physical environments where both FC and iSCSI are common, it can also be used in VMware environments when the VM... Continue Reading →

VASA Provider certificates

This one is not in my wheelhouse by a long shot, but having recently assisted our sales team with one of their customers, it is clear our documentation on certificates with the VASA Provider (VP) is lacking. My intent is to present the options available to the user with the VP certs. I'm not going... Continue Reading →

NVMe/TCP on the PowerMax

With our new platform we've introduced another NVMeoF solution - NVMe/TCP. We will not be supporting FC-NVMe on the PowerMax 2500/8500 in the GA release, however, I'd guess it will come in the future. The reason for the focus is simple, the future is in TCP. IDC is projecting that TCP will have the majority... Continue Reading →

Consistent LUN ID

Here's one of those old issues that seems to keep coming up - consistent LUN IDs with VMware. As this discussion has been around since VMware introduced vMotion, I'll be brief with the history. I'm going to just talk about LUN IDs from the VMware side here. On the PowerMax you can use something called... Continue Reading →

Dell EMC CSM with replication

Dell EMC has created a GitHub for container storage modules or CSM. Dell EMC writes that "the Dell Container Storage Modules (CSM) enables [sic] simple and consistent integration and automation experiences, extending enterprise storage capabilities to Kubernetes for cloud-native stateful applications." Quite a mouthful. To de-marketize the statement, CSM sits on top of other integrations... Continue Reading →

VMAX/VMware TechBook terminal release

I've posted what is the terminal release of the TechBook Using Dell EMC VMAX and PowerMax in VMware vSphere Environments. For those not familiar with it, this book contains the general best practices of using VMware with the VMAX/PowerMax family of arrays. This latest update has, for the most part, minor changes, and will cover... 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 →

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