UK VMUG 18th November 2014: Duncan Epping – What’s coming for future versions of vSphere

vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Replication Target details

Post by Vladan Seget (thank you)

vSphere Data Protection (VDP) product bundled with vSphere Essentials plus and higher licensing is backup and replication product which is managed through web based UI only. It’s tightly integrated to the Web based client console.

I’ve deployed the product in the past and also upgrades are quite easy to proceed too. VMware keeps making the product better with every release and adds new features. Check my latest post about VDP 5.8 for details here.

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Sorry Nimble Storage – I Don’t Believe You!

Good post by Nigel Poulton (thank you)

So a few weeks ago I was at Nimble Storage HQ for a briefing with the Storage Field Day crew. Nice site, nice breakfast, and thanks for contributing towards my travel and hotel costs (that’s the disclaimer out of the way).

The Claim!

Anyway, as part of the presentation, Rod Bagg (VP of Customer Support) made the claim that ~60% of Nimble storage arrays get upgraded during business prime time hours.

Read on here (also read the good comments there)

Pure vs EMC: who’s winning?

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Forbes contributor and analyst Peter Cohan writes on seemingly conflicting stories coming from Pure and EMC. Let’s unpack the dueling narratives.

Does Pure win 70% vs EMC or does EMC win 95% vs Pure? The metrics:

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EMC VNXe3200 Review

Good Review by the StorageReview Enterprise Lab (thank you)

The EMC VNXe3200 unified hybrid array brings VNX engineering, functionality, and enterprise support services to SMBs and ROBOs with a starting price of $11,500. That combination makes the VNXe3200 array accessible for customers that may have been priced out of the VNX lineup in the past. Unlike most other VNX offerings, the VNXe3200 uses a compact 2U form factor that integrates controllers and storage making it more suitable than prior VNX offerings for hub and spoke deployments like retail point-of-sale storage and offsite replication.

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Stop Selling Storage

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them.

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Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview

Post by Aidan Finn (thank you)

Microsoft announced a few features with the launch of the Technical Preview of the next release of Windows Server, due for general availability release in the second half of 2015. More information was released at TechEd Europe 2014 in early November. Failover Clustering is continuing to improve software-defined compute (AKA virtualization or Hyper-V) and software-defined storage solutions. This article will discuss the known new features in Windows Server Technical Preview.

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HDS, HP leapfrog NetApp in the land of the MAGIC QUADRANT

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

The gnomic Gartnerites have promoted HDS and HP over NetApp in their 2014 general purpose array magic quadrant, with an explanation of the concept given here.

NetApp, with its FAS8000, was second to EMC’s VMAX in the year-ago MQ, but Gartner has leapfrogged HDS’ VSP G10000 past it in the updated MQ, with HP’s StoreServ 10000 close behind.

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Thoughts on VMware’s EVO:RAIL

Good post by Edward Grigson (thank you)

At VMworld in August VMware announced their new hyperconverged offering, EVO:RAIL. I found myself discussing this during TechFieldDay Extra at VMworld Barcelona and this post details my thoughts having spent a bit longer investigating. I’m not the first to write about EVO:RAIL so I’ll quickly recap the basics before giving my thoughts and some things to bear in mind if you’re considering EVO:RAIL.

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