vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2

Good Post by W. Curtis Preston (thank you)

VMware is releasing VSAN 6.2, the third major release of VSAN since its introduction in August of 2014. (Like other VMware companion products, the release number is tied to the vSphere release number it is associated with.) This release gives vSphere most if not all of the major features found in other hyperconverged infrastructure products.

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NVMe fabric flash and deduping VSAN lead

The Future Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you)over at El Reg

EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities.

These will be announced over the next two quarters and will change the shape of EMC’s product lines. We think we now have an overall view of what the mainstream product lines will look like.

This information comes from EMC’s latest quarterly results earnings call, from various sources, and from blogs by EMC VCE president Chad Sakac.

The background includes the point that VMware’s VSAN/EVO:RAIL/EMC VSPEX Blue products have not apparently been successful, hence the need for a revamp of the core VSAN software.

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VVOLs and VMware

Post by Christine Taylor (thank you)

The definition of VVOLs is simple but the effect is ground-breaking. Here is the simple definition part: Virtual Volumes (VVOL) is an out-of-band communication protocol between array-based storage services and vSphere 6.

And here is the ground-breaking part: VVOLs enables a VM to communicate its data management requirements directly to the storage array. The idea is to automate and optimize storage resources at the VM level instead of placing data services at the LUN (block storage) or the file share (NAS) level.

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VMware VSAN… and the missed opportunity

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

One of the most interesting (among the few) announcements at VMworld was about VSAN 6.1. The product is quickly maturing and new features are being added version after version (here what’s new). And the product promises to be even better (with erasure coding and dedupe coming up in the next version!).

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Virtual SAN beta coming up with dedupe and erasure coding!

Good post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

Something I am personally very excited about is the fact that there is a beta coming up soon for an upcoming release of Virtual SAN. This beta is all about space efficiency and in particular will contain two new great features which I am sure all of you will appreciate testing:

  • Erasure Coding
  • Deduplication

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StorageSwiss Take on the HDS Acquisition of Sepaton

Good Post by George Crump (thank you)

Yesterday, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, which is a division of Hitachi Ltd, of Japan.

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HP 3PAR StoreServ All Flash gets dedupe

Good Post by Calvin Zito (thank you)

I’m going to have to pace myself this week!  HP Discover hasn’t formerly started and I’m beyond excited.  We held our press conference yesterday where David Scott shared our storage news with the press and bloggers in attendance.  My previous blog post and ChalkTalk gave you the high level snapshot of the news and in this post, I want to give you a bit more detail on the HP 3PAR news.

I think the starting point is the ChalkTalk on our HP 3PAR news: deduplication for our all-flash 7450.

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Pure Storage revisited – a chat with Vaughn Stewart

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Post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

Pure Storage are all over the news at the moment. They just secured another round of funding (225 million to be precise), and are now valued at over 3 billion. You can read more about that here. However, even before this announcement, I had already arranged to have a catch up chat with Pure’s primary evangelist (and a good pal of mine), Vaughn Stewart.

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PURE STORAGE: Are they the last man standing ?

Good post by Paul Meehan (thank you) – have a look at the comments too

Pure Storage are the guys with Orange colour-themed branding. See the gorgeous Lego-model Pure array on the table in the picture above just in front of Stephen Foskett.

They are also the guys who have received funding of $240 Million and borrowed Vaughn Stewart from Netapp. Somebody must think they’re pretty hot.

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