HDS VMware VVol Deeper Dive

In the next post in his series over at community.hds.com my colleague Paul Morrissey, HDS Global Product Manager for Virtualisation, delves a little deeper into the mapping between workloads and backend capabilities. This post focuses more on Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) and how this works in practice. So a bit more on the practical side of protocol endpoints, scalability and other questions that might arise. SPBM is a key concept in VVol Read More …

VVOL Demo by HDS: Worth a Watch (but let’s be careful out there)

Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. However this post is not officially sanctioned by or speaks on behalf of my company. These thoughts are my own based on my experience. Use at your own discretion. Pretty much the entire world knows that in the last week or so VMware announced vSphere 6.0. I haven’t written a post on it yet but will do soon. Suffice it to say VMware has Read More …

vSphere Storage Interoperability Series Part 2: Storage I/O Control (SIOC) 1 of 2

Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. However this post is not officially sanctioned by or speaks on behalf of my company. These thoughts are my own based on my experience. Use at your own discretion. This is the second part of my storage interoperability series designed to bring it all together. Here are the other parts: Part 1: vSphere Storage Interoperability: Introduction This started from a desire I had to be Read More …

vSphere Storage Interoperability: Part 1 Introduction

  Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. However this post is not officially sanctioned by or speaks on behalf of my company. These thoughts are my own based on my experience. Use at your own discretion. VMware vSphere has many features within its storage stack that enhance the operation of a virtual datacenter. When used correctly these can lead to optimal performance for tenants of the virtual environment. When used Read More …

Hitachi HDLM Multipathing for vSphere Latest Docs

HDLM HDLM stands for Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager which is our multi-pathing software for regular OSes such as Windows, Linux etc but also for vSphere. You can install a VIB and use this to optimise storage performance in Hitachi storage environments. I came across these documents yesterday as part of something I was doing. I thought I’d share them here as sometimes people tell me it can be hard to find Read More …

It’s all about the Community: Let’s talk storage at UK VMUG [minus Koolaid]

Next week I’ve been asked to run a Community round table session at the UK VMUG. Not a word of a lie when I say this is a real honour for me. I haven’t done many of these so to be able to get involved and help out at this is a real pleasure. This is in Birmingham at the National Motorcycle Museum. It’s an awesome session with some really great sessions and Read More …

Silicon Valley: The gift that keeps on giving (VFD3)

Being a delegate at Virtualization Field Day 3 (VFD3) gave me an opportunity to spend 5 days in San Jose/Santa Clara/Mountain View/Palo Alto, also known as “The Valley”. It was not only great to meet vendors but also to hang out with Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth who know most people within the industry and have a pretty good idea where the IT Industry is heading.