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 VCAP-DCD Exam – Round #2

THE LOGISTICS Last week I had my second attempt at the VMware Certified Advanced Professional Exam for Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD). Here are my exam tips and experience. My exam was due to start at 9:45 in Dublin. As per my previous post HERE I took this exam recently at VMworld and got close to a pass. I took at VMworld for two reasons: 75% discount The chance to use the Read More …

Classification and Detection of Zombie Virtual Machines … Which tools should I use?

In this post I want to discuss what makes an Orphan or a Zombie in a VMware environment. I also want to introduce some of my favourite tools for detecting these malodorous fiendish creatures which can wreak havoc within your virtual world. From time to time you might come across Orphaned or Zombie virtual machine files that you need to deal with before being able to complete a task. To Read More …

VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained – Part 2: The Potential Solution

Recap In my last article, I discussed a typical dual-site scenario where storage replication is used to synchronously mirror a volume or LUN object between data centers. The goal is to mitigate the risk of Data Center failure. While it does that in some ways by creating multiple copies of data, the failover process is complex, depending on the scenario. Data can become corrupt, and systems can become isolated. There Read More …