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 →

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SRDF SRA and SRM 6.5 support

Customers will be happy to learn that the SRDF SRA which supports VMware SRM 6.5 is now GA. SRDF SRA 6.3 is released in conjunction with our newest HYPERMAX OS Q2 2017 release which was announced at Dell EMC World. You can get the SRA here. As I've noted in other posts, our SRA is tied to our VMAX... Continue Reading →

ESA 4.2 VVol capacity planning

ESA 4.2 dropped today with a bunch of new features across many platforms. Here is the complete list from the Release Notes. You'll notice there's not much on the VMAX front this time around which, given our abundance of supported platforms that must be coded, is no surprise. We all have our turn at the wheel.... Continue Reading →

VMAX VVol replication with RP4VM

Our VVol implementation has been out for well over a year now and we've had our share of customers wanting to take the technology for a spin. When VMware first introduced support in vSphere 6 - what is known as VVol 1.0 and VASA 2.0 - they did not offer replication capabilities for array vendors.... Continue Reading →

vSphere 6.5 – UNMAP on VMAX

As I mentioned in my previous post on vSphere 6.5, VMware now offers automated UNMAP capability for VMFS datastores as well as Linux Guest OS support for UNMAP. I'll cover VMFS first, then discuss Linux support. ********************** Update 03-15-17 VMware has released vSphere 6.5 p01 which fixes a particular issue related to automated UNMAP in... Continue Reading →

ESA 4.1 & VVols

Dell EMC Storage Analytics 4.1 was made available today and brings with it some new updates for VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash arrays as follows: Support for EMC VMAX Virtual Volumes (VVols) resources and metrics Support for EMC VMAX SRDF Metro metrics Support for EMC VMAX compression metrics Update to the VMAX Overview dashboard Let's... Continue Reading →

5977 2016 Q3 SR – Compression, SRDF/Metro et al

Today marks the posting of our Q3 5977 (5977.945.890) release for the VMAX3/VMAX All Flash platforms. Technically most of the host software was available last Friday (e.g. Solutions Enabler 8.3, Unisphere for VMAX 8.3) but the HYPERMAX OS was made available today. The feature that has received and will receive the most attention is compression on VMAX All... Continue Reading →

VVol Build-up/Tear-down

Recently I was involved in helping out one of our larger customers with their VVol testing on VMAX3/VMAX All Flash. They had run into some challenges which fortunately we were able to resolve; however while working on the setup the 3rd party integrator asked me if there was any documentation which laid out the steps... 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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