vVols, SRDF, and VMware SRM on PowerMax

We have finally released our long awaited VASA 3 implementation for vVols 2.0 which includes support for SRDF Asynchronous (SRDF/A) replication. Lack of replication support has been a blocker for many customers to even look at vVols since a DR solution is such an essential component of a business (as it should be). And having... Continue Reading →

ESA 6.0

Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics (ESA) 6.0 is now available for download here. We've actually had a couple releases prior to 6.0: 5.0 and 5.1. I did not blog about those versions because they were focused on other platforms, that and we have capable bloggers from those platforms who covered the releases. The current release... Continue Reading →

PowerMax, vVols, VMware CNS, and K8s

I'm going to veer from my usual topics today to talk about Kubernetes (K8s) and vSphere given the new features in vSphere 7 (e.g. Project Pacific, Tanzu). K8s and Docker are everywhere these days - from many of VMware's newer appliances like SRM to our own VSI plugin. Initially, containers generally were associated with being... Continue Reading →

vRealize Operations 8.1 and vVols

I normally don't cover VMware's new releases for non-vSphere products unless we have integration available, however in this case I wanted to point out some new functionality in vROps 8.1. Our Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Analytics plugin just released version 5.1 which supports vROps 8.0 only. Given the close proximity of the releases I know... Continue Reading →

VMware SRM 8.3 GA

In addition to vSphere 7, VMware released SRM 8.3 today. The big ticket item in SRM 8.3 is support for Virtual Volume (vVol) array replication. Prior to 8.3, VMware only supported vSphere Replication with vVols but now array vendors can enable support via their VASA Providers. With SRM and vVols there is no requirement for... Continue Reading →

Tech Preview of SRM with vVols on PowerMax

Disclaimer: This post concerns pre-GA releases from both VMware and Dell EMC. This overview of new technology represents no commitment from VMware or Dell EMC to deliver these features in any generally available product. Today at VMworld Europe, VMware and Dell EMC introduced a preview of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with VMware Virtual Volumes... Continue Reading →

vVols, VVols, VVOLs or again vVols?

So which is the correct spelling of VMware's storage paradigm? If you said, "all of them?" it would be hard to fault you. VMware has gone through many iterations of the capitalization before landing on "VVols" for the past couple years anyway. Well it was too good to last and VMware is asking for another... Continue Reading →

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