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 …

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 …

The Phony War Continues – Shooting Blanks

This article is in response to a recent Microsoft Technet post, published here which is a rebuttal of the content in my last post, entitled  “Calling out the Phony War: vSphere and Hyper-V”. You can find that post here. In my last post I called out what I believe is vendor FUD at play. There is further Microsoft commentary at the bottom of my original post should you wish to Read More …

My VCAP-DCD Experience at #VMworld–Take #1

I’m studying for VCAP-DCD (VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design) en route to hopefully achieving VCDX (VMware Certified Design Expert). The DCD exam is the final pre-requisite step for application and submission into the VCDX process. That is a personal goal of mine I plan to achieve next year. I did the DCD exam last Wednesday at VMworld in Barcelona, but I wasn’t actually planning on taking the exam Read More …

vSphere and Hyper-V: The Phony War

With the release of vSphere 5.5, it’s inevitable there will be a lot of blogging by vendors comparing their products to vSphere. That is expected and not surprising. It’s the job of vendor “Evangelists” to do this. Apologies for the length of this post in advance. I am a freelance consultant – I have done quite a lot of work with vSphere and hope to do more. I also fully Read More …

Commentary on What’s new in vSphere 5.5

In the attached link you can find a list of the major improvements in vSphere 5.5 summarised by VMware. What’s new in vSphere 5.5 Everyone will have features that will be most relevant, or favourite, either due to personal experience or active projects being worked on. When you look at what’s on the list, there are a lot of very significant substantial improvements. The doubling of most configuration maximums is Read More …