HDS customers and fans join our new VMware Community

HDS recently launched the new VMware Community over at VMware Community. On this site you will find many of our product managers and senior VMware Consultants contributing deep-dive knowledge. This is perfect timing with VMworld fast approaching. This is a lot more than just  storage, so you can find awesome resources about VMware VVol, EVO:RAIL, UCP Director for VMware and there will lots of other resources added…coming soon ! The Read More …

SDDC, I am your father, and I am called SDI

Listening to one of my favourite albums, by one of my favourite bands, Alt-J, I happened to glance across at the song title “Choice Kingdom”. It reminded me of what is going on in the ICT Industry today. We are in a world where some might say it’s All-or-Nothing. That’s their job, to disrupt, destroy and create doubt in the mind of buyers so they question everything they ever knew. Read More …

VMware VVol Series: Part 3 Implementation Considerations and availability

The whole area of VVols will require quite a bit of consideration and people are wondering how it is implemented i.e. what does that really look like. In the latest post in this three-part series my colleague Paul Morrissey discusses a little bit more regarding what the deployment looks like as well as support for HDS products. This is in the form of FAQ that have arisen both internally and externally. The Read More …

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 Series: Introduction on HDS.com

I’m delighted to be able to write this note linking to my colleague Paul Morrissey’s post related to VVol technology, over at the community.hds.com portal which is a public service for customers, partners and those interested in our technology. Paul is HDS Global Product Manager for VMware Solutions so he is best placed to dive deep on the integration between HDS technology and VMware. This is building on some of the excellent resources 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 …

Opinion Piece: The truth about Converged Systems

Disclaimer: I work for Hitachi Data Systems. This post is not authorised or approved by my company and is based on my personal opinions. I hope you read on. A couple of weeks back Pure Storage announced their converged stack called the Flashstack. So now Hitachi has UCP Director, VCE has Vblock, Netapp has Flexpod. Now Pure is in the Club. A Personal Experience of a converged deployment Last year I worked 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 …