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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An overview of the new Virtual SAN 6.2 features

Good Post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

If you were wondering why my blogging has dropped off in recent months, wonder no more. I’ve been fully immersed in the next release of VSAN. Today VMware has just announced the launch of VSAN 6.2, the next version of VMware’s Virtual SAN product. It is almost 2.5 years since we launched the VSAN beta at VMworld 2013, and almost 2 years to the day since we officially GA’ed our first release of VSAN way back in March 2014. A lot has happened since then, with 3 distinct releases in that 2 year period (6.0, 6.1 and now 6.2). For me the product has matured significantly in that 2 year period, with 3,000 customers and lots of added features. VSAN 6.2 is the most significant release we have had since the initial launch.

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Top 6 Features of vSphere 6

Good post by Kevin Kelling (thank you)

It sounds cliché to say “this is our best release ever” because in a sense the newest release is usually the most evolved.  However as a four year VMware vExpert I do think that there is something special about this one.  This is a much more significant jump than going from 4.x to 5.x for example.  It’s not just feature packed or increasing the maximums, although it does accomplish both of these.  vSphere 6 introduces a few new paradigms which have the potential to create a lot of value, efficiency, and also good old-fashioned performance.

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VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

It is with great pleasure and joy that I like to announce the official launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0, one of VMware’s most innovative software-defined storage products and the best hypervisor-converged storage platform for virtual machines. Virtual SAN 6.0 delivers a vast variety of enhancements, new features to the as well as performance and scalability improvements.

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Flash News: Tegile, Nimble, Fusion-io and 3PAR

Post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

Another week goes by and more news on flash storage arrives in my inbox.  This week we’re talking about Tegile Systems Inc, Nimble Storage Inc, Fusion-io and HP’s 3PAR line of arrays.

Tegile Launch Intelliflash

If you’re not doing things intelligently with flash, you’re not doing it right, as we will see from these announcements.

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Can You Really Do That with PowerVM?

Good post by Anthony English (thank you)
PowerVM features that raise eyebrows . . . and smiles
Sometimes it takes an outsider to make you realize how lucky you are. For example, I love to see the positive reactions of people who are new to the platform when I show them two or three features of IBM PowerVM and AIX. To me, these features are just part of the overall experience on my favorite platform, but it’s nice to hear really positive feedback when newbies get to see these features in action. Three of my favorite features to show newcomers are creating a system plan, shrinking file systems, and using the mksysb backup to clone.
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Selecting The Right SSD Flash – Features vs. Performance

Good post George Crump (thank you)

Almost every major storage or systems vendor acquired a flash technology company last year; IBM was no different, acquiring Texas Memory Systems. At IBM Edge this week, it is becoming clear that IBM knows the value of what it acquired and is developing a crisp strategy for delivering an end-to-end SSD flash offering. The plethora of choices, however, even within IBM’s own portfolio, can be overwhelming. This leaves customers wondering which flash is best for them. The first step in making the right choice is understanding the balance between features and performance

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New IBM System Storage N series features and capabilities for select machines


The following new IBM® System Storage® hardware features are available for select N series machines:

  • 4-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) adapter for use in N7950T and N6200 series machines
  • 4 TB option for EXN3200
  • 3 TB self-encrypting disk for N3150, N3240, and EXN3000
  • 200 GB solid state disk for N3220 and EXN3500

These new features enable greater flexibility in configuring N series systems to meet storage requirements. Maximum system capacities are increased relative to the previous 3 TB maximum, and the new 1 GbE adapter adds additional network connectivity options.

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