VSI 7.3

Happy New Year everyone. It's been a bit since I've posted but we do have a new VSI release to talk about. This one comes late as we do normally release quarterly, but seeing as it wasn't expected at all, I suppose a month late isn't bad. So last time I wrote about VSI, I mentioned 7.2 was most... Continue Reading →


VSI 7.2 – vSphere 6.5 support

VSI 7.2 is available today for download here. This is quite a minor release, though not unimportant because it adds support for vSphere 6.5. Now you might say, wait I thought you introduced vSphere 6.5 support In VSI 7.1. Yeah, well we did kind of, but it was only support for the 6.5 Web Client... 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 →


VSI 7.1 eNAS compression/deduplication

VSI 7.1 is now available for download and while not a blockbuster on the VMAX front since we had ours with the 7.0 version, there are a couple minor updates and one new feature. Let's start with the minor changes. The first is that 7.1 adds support for the vSphere 6.5 Web Client. (vSphere 6.5 does... Continue Reading →


VSI 7.0 – the VMAX release

Last week we got ESA 4.1 with some nice VMAX additions, today VSI 7.0 with even more - hence "the VMAX release". Alright it's not really named that but that's what I'm calling it. Considering VSI 7.0 gets us to about 99% of the features the VSI thick client had for VMAX, this is the release we've... 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 →


VSI 6.9.2 – VMAX2 deprecation, SMI-S expansion

We usually don't have minor point releases with VSI but there was some delay with support for VVols on the Unity platform which necessitated this second VSI release in June. Fortunately at the same time we were able to fix an issue with VMAX3/VMAX All Flash connectivity to the SMI-S Provider. As I mentioned in... Continue Reading →


VSI 6.9 – SMI-S 8.2, 6.0 U2

This week EMC released VSI 6.9.  This release is actually 1 of 2 for version 6.9, with the second one scheduled for the end of this month.  The reason for the second release has to do with the timing of new storage code for some platforms; so rather than pushing the changes to the next... 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 →


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