Dell EMC PowerMax

Today Dell EMC announced the latest high-end array to our family, the Dell EMC PowerMax. The PowerMax is an end-to-end NVMe solution. It's powerful and fast, period. The PowerMax is not a VMAX. It's a new platform with a new operating system, PowerMax OS. Dual-ported active/active NVMe drives (the only vendor to do so) means... Continue Reading →

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vSphere 6.7 automated UNMAP enhancements

Continuing from vSphere 6.7 post... So in vSphere 6.5 VMware introduced automated UNMAP for datastores. In so doing they offered users two option: on (default) or off. Rather than a checkbox, however, VMware has what appears to be a scale which would allow the user to decide how aggressive UNMAP should be. It didn't work... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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