Vote for session 9057: vRA and VVol Perfect together

For anyone interested in VMware VVol technology you need to get ready for the takeoff of this technology in 2017. I have submitted a breakout session for how to use this awesome technology as part of your vRealize Automation deployment. It makes so much sense to put this at the centre of a Cloud deployment with vRA. The good news is that if successful the awesome Jad El-Zein, all-round vRA Read More …

VMware VVol Part 6: The mythical Protocol Endpoint

The VVol Blog Series: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: With and Without VVols Part 3: New Storage Constructs Part 4: How are VVols instantiated Part 5: Storage Containers & Capability Profiles Part 6: The Mythical Protocol Endpoint Last time we looked at Storage Containers, Capability Profiles and storage policy-based data placement (based on matching of rules). This time I want to delve deeper into the Protocol Endpoint (PE), a mystical object Read More …

Hitachi Storage Adapters & Plugins: Product Overview

In my last post (HERE) I gave an overview of the plugins available within the Hitachi VMware Portfolio. I can tell you there is an imperative to create compelling feature-sets that add value for customers i.e. not just adapters for the sake of them. In this post I take a slightly deeper look at adapter structure and delivery models for Management and Orchestration. Regarding the delivery method and product structures, this is also something that is being Read More …

VMware VVol Part 5: Containers & Capability Profiles

All the blogs in the VVol Series Part 1: Introduction Part 2: With and Without VVols Part 3: New Storage Constructs Part 4: How are VVols instantiated Part 5: Storage Containers & Capability Profiles Part 6: The Mythical Protocol Endpoint It’s been waaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too long since my last VVol post – it was September 2015 ! Much has happened since then in the world of VVol DISCLAIMER AND GUIDANCE: Just a reminder Read More …

Hitachi Adapters and Plugins 101

While starting to plan a couple of blogs recently on a new vRealize Operations Manager adapter for our UCP converged platform, it occurred to me that many may not know the different options that are in the Hitachi portfolio. So I decided to take it back to the start and provide an overview of what we have and “where to get them”. Firstly there is a huge amount of engineering effort that goes into Read More …

VMware VVol Part 4: How is a VVol instantiated ?

VVol Series Part 1: Introduction Part 2: With and Without VVols Part 3: New Storage Constructs Part 4: How are VVols instantiated Part 5: Storage Containers & Capability Profiles Part 6: The Mythical Protocol Endpoint To address this question let’s go back to one of the core tenets of VMware technology. And that is the encapsulation of a virtual machine into a set of files. As most folks know, the Read More …

VMware VVol Part 3: New Storage Constructs

VVol Series Part 1: Introduction Part 2: With and Without VVols Part 3: New Storage Constructs Part 4: How are VVols instantiated Part 5: Storage Containers & Capability Profiles Part 6: The Mythical Protocol Endpoint Before we can architect VM Storage Profiles which are the point of consumption for VMs and applications, we need to understand how the north-of-hypervisor view maps downwards. I don’t want to harp on about the Read More …

VMware VVol Part 2: With & Without VVols

VVol Series Part 1: Introduction Part 2: With and Without VVols Part 3: New Storage Constructs Part 4: How are VVols instantiated Part 5: Storage Containers & Capability Profiles Part 6: The Mythical Protocol Endpoint Bye Bye VMFS At its simplest, VVol removes the layer of abstraction that exists between a virtual machine and it’s data. As one of my colleagues has said, it’s akin to providing an a raw-device Read More …