PowerMax Migration – SCSI -> NVMe/TCP

For the past two posts (1, 2) I've covered using PowerPath Migration Enabler (PPME) to move data between Dell storage arrays. PPME, however, can also be used to migrate devices within a single array, in this case PowerMax. One of the best use cases for this is when you are ready to make the leap... Continue Reading →

VSI 10.1 – HPP for PowerMax NVMeoF devices

A quick update for the latest VSI release 10.1. Most of the new features are for PowerStore but one of my requests for PowerMax made it into the release. I asked development to add the ability to set host best practices for NVMeoF devices. This is similar to the best practices for NMP, except that... Continue Reading →

NVMe/TCP with PowerFlex 4.0

Yes, that's not a typo: PowerFlex not PowerMax. In truth I work on both PowerMax and PowerFlex, but going forward I expect to spend more time on PowerFlex so more blog posts on that platform will be inevitable. Fortunately there's a good deal of overlap between the platform features like our topic today, so it... Continue Reading →

Dell ESA 7.0

Our second release today which supports the new PowerMaxOS 10 and thus REST API 10, as well as the new platforms PowerMax 2500/8500, is Dell (nix EMC) Storage Analytics or ESA 7.0. I'm focusing on PowerMax obviously, but there are lots of other features for the other platforms if you use those. The main features... Continue Reading →

Dell VSI 10.0

One of two plugin releases today along with ESA, the Dell (nix EMC) VSI 10.0 plugin that supports the latest Unisphere REST 10 is available for download. This release supports our latest PowerMaxOS 10 and PowerMax 2500/8500 arrays. Besides that general support, there are two main features added in VSI 10 for the PowerMax array:... Continue Reading →

NVMe/TCP and SRDF (with VMware)

I'm not sure this topic requires a full post, but if you don't work with NVMeoF technology much, you may assume that it is just a different way to connect to your storage and everything else functions pretty much the same as it does with FC/iSCSI connectivity. Spoiler - it doesn't. Here I am interested... Continue Reading →

NVMe/TCP on the PowerMax

With our new platform we've introduced another NVMeoF solution - NVMe/TCP. We will not be supporting FC-NVMe on the PowerMax 2500/8500 in the GA release, however, I'd guess it will come in the future. The reason for the focus is simple, the future is in TCP. IDC is projecting that TCP will have the majority... Continue Reading →

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