ESA 4.3 – vROps 6.6, new VMAX metrics

EMC Storage Analytics 4.3 is now available for download. You can find the documentation and binary here. Probably the most important aspect of this release, putting my bias aside, is that it supports vRealize Operations version 6.6. Before I talk about that, here is the full list of changes, courtesy of an RN screenshot. If... Continue Reading →

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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 →

RecoverPoint 5.1 for VMAX3/AFA

The previously announced version 5.1 of RecoverPoint that supports VMAX3/VMAX All Flash is now available for download here. I covered the RP capability with VMAX3/AFA in this post in May. Just a quick reminder that this is an asynchronous solution for local and/or remote replication, protects at the storage group level, and works with the current RP... Continue Reading →

vSphere Integrated Containers with VMAX

Containers have been around for years at this point, but honestly it wasn't until Dell EMC World this year that someone asked us if we were doing anything with them on VMAX. Cue the new project, or investigation anyway. I've probably mentioned I tend to have my hands full with normal VMAX/VMware stuff but when... 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 →

vRA and VVols redux

About a year ago I published a post on integrating vRealize Automation 7 (vRA) with VVols. At that time the implementation was really a manual process because VMware had not created a Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) package for vRA 7, only version 6. In September of last year VMware finally updated the SPBM package... Continue Reading →

SRDF Adapter Utilities End of Life

The SRDF Adapter Utilities (SRDF-AU) is a free, optional plug-in that provides a GUI interface to modify the XML files that are part of the SRDF SRA for VMware SRM and used primarily in testing. The SRDF-AU only runs on Windows and therefore requires that one of the vCenters in an SRM configuration is running on Windows.... Continue Reading →

VMware-VMAX integration

This week at Dell EMC World I presented a session on the ways the VMAX platform integrates into VMware software. Essentially this is my job, figuring out where we can integrate and then whether we should integrate - and of course all that follows - researching, testing, documenting, etc. We already have lots of integration points... Continue Reading →

RecoverPoint with VMAX3/All Flash…and SRM

Dell EMC today announced the impending availability of RecoverPoint (RP) 5.1 which is built for use with VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash (I'm just going to use VMAX3 from here forward). You may recall that RP is available on VMAX2 but can only be attached to a VMAX3 via VPLEX. I have a paper that actually uses both... Continue Reading →

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