3-site SRDF with VMware SRM

As there is a 500 page TechBook on SRDF with SRM, it might seem a bit redundant to be covering a topic like this again, and perhaps it is; but as I have worked with customers and support over many months (and years), a few issues seem to recur. It's usually at that point I figure... Continue Reading →


Down Protection Site: VMware SRM TestFailover with the SRDF SRA

One of the great features of VMware SRM is the ability to run a test failover without impacting either the protection or recovery site. When using the SRDF SRA this means the replication between the R1 and the R2, whether asynchronous or synchronous, will not be broken. The SRA uses TimeFinder technology to accomplish this,... Continue Reading →


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 →


Advanced SRM Deployment with SRDF SRA

Right before the holidays I was involved in some communication with a large customer of ours who is in the middle of a consolidation exercise. They have a bunch of vCenter/SRM setups with the SRDF SRA and are looking to reduce that number. It's a complicated process as you might imagine, particularly as there are many arrays... Continue Reading →


vSphere 6.5 GA and EMC Dell VMAX

VMware vSphere 6.5 is now GA and available for download here. vSphere 6.5 offers lots of new features and capabilities that you can take advantage of in a VMAX environment and is fully supported running on all models in these array types: VMAX1 or VMAX2 (Symmetrix) VMAX3 VMAX All Flash If you have any concern -... Continue Reading →


What’s in a name? The SRDF Utilities for SRM

I've spent countless hours documenting our SRDF SRA for SRM and the accompanying Utilities.  Unfortunately there are subtleties in the product pair which continue to confuse both our customers and our own employees who work with those customers.  After writing yet another email response about this topic the other day I thought I'd take a stab at... Continue Reading →


VMAX/VMware TechBook, VAAI WP

The after-EMC World documentation updates continue with the publishing of the VMAX VMware TechBook (Using EMC VMAX Storage in VMware vSphere Environments): Click to enlarge – use browser back button to return to post and the VAAI whitepaper (Using VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration with EMC Symmetrix): Click to enlarge – use browser... Continue Reading →


VVols on VMAX3 preview

EMC will be talking about VVols at VMworld this week so for those of us not at the show I thought I would give a bit of a demo preview.  I spoke about VVols at EMC World this year in my session, but at that time it was not a topic we were openly discussing... Continue Reading →


VMAX Content Pack in the Age of vRealize

If you're wondering about the title, VMware decided some time ago to rename a suite of their products to "vRealize" from "vCenter".  As I am not in marketing nor work for VMware I can't expound on the reasoning for the rename but I can tell you what it means to me is I have to... Continue Reading →


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