Unisphere for PowerMax – VMware integration

As I mentioned in my initial post on PowerMax, I wanted to use a separate post for Unisphere for PowerMax VMware integration. VMware integration has been part of Unisphere in one way or another since it was called Symmetrix Management Console. In its more recent form it consisted of showing information about ESXi hosts, their... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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