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.…

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…

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…

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…