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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A closer look at the VSAN witness appliance

Good post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

As part of the Virtual SAN 6.1 announcements at VMworld 2015, VMware announced two new, eagerly anticipated features. The first of these is VSAN stretched cluster, allowing you to protect your virtual machines across data centers, not just racks. And the second is 2-node VSAN, which will be an excellent solution for remote office/branch office (ROBO) configurations.

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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Replication Family Services

rb170x32 – Last Update: 21.October 2013

IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Replication Family Services

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new features that have been added with the release of the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and IBM System Storage Storwize® V7000 6.4.0 code, including Replication Family Services.

Replication Family Services refers to the various copy services available on the SVC and Storwize V7000 including IBM FlashCopy®, Metro Mirror and Global Mirror, Global Mirror with Change Volumes, Volume Mirroring, and Stretched Cluster Volume Mirroring. The details behind the theory and practice of these services are examined, and SAN design suggestions and troubleshooting tips are provided. Planning requirements, automating copy services processed, and fabric design are explained. Multiple examples including implementation and server integration are included, along with a discussion of software solutions and services that are based on Replication Family Services.

This book is intended for use by pre-sales and post-sales support, and storage administrators. Readers are expected to have an advanced knowledge of the SVC, Storwize V7000, and the SAN environment.

The following publications are useful resources that provide background information:

  • Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V6.3, SG24-7933
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 V6.3, SG24-7938
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller and Brocade Disaster Recovery Solutions for VMware, REDP-4626[
  • IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Upgrade Path from Version 4.3.1 to 6.1, REDP-4716[
  • Real-time Compression in SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000, REDP-4859
  • SAN Volume Controller: Best Practices and Performance Guidelines, SG24-7521
  • Implementing the Storwize V7000 and the IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch, SG24-7977

IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster with PowerVM and PowerHA

rb170x32 – Last Update: 8.August 2013

IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster with PowerVM and PowerHA

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM Storage Area Network and IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution when combined with PowerVM® and PowerHA®. We describe guidelines, settings, and the implementation steps that are necessary to achieve a successful implementation.

This book is for administrators who are familiar with the SAN, IBM SAN Volume Controller, and IBM PowerVM and PowerHA Systems.

IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster with PowerVM and PowerHA

rb170x32 DRAFT – Last Update: 2.May 2013

IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster with PowerVM and PowerHA

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM Storage Area Network and IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution when combined with PowerVM and PowerHA. We describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a successful implementation.

This book is aimed at administrators familiar with the SAN, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and IBM PowerVM and PowerHA Systems.

 

IBM SAN and SVC Stretched Cluster and VMware Solution Implementation

rb170x32 Publish Date: 11.April 2013

IBM SAN and SVC Stretched Cluster and VMware Solution Implementation

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM Storage Area Network and IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution when combined with VMware. We describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation.

Business continuity and continuous application availability are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking have made enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage both planned and unplanned outages, and the flexibility and cost efficiencies available from cloud computing models.

IBM has designed a solution that offers significant functionality for maintaining business continuity in a VMware environment. This functionality provides the capability to dynamically move applications across data centers without interruption to those applications.

Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller

Good information in the VMware Knowledge Base (thank you) on SVC Stretched Cluster with vMSC.

This article provides information about implementing a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller.

What is vMSC?

vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) is a new storage configuration for VMware vSphere environments and recognized with a unique Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) classification. All supported vMSC storage devices available on the VMware Storage Compatibility Guide.

What is IBM SAN Volume Controller?

A stretched IBM SAN Volume Controller configuration in conjunction with VMware vSphere enables transparent VMware vMotion migration and automatic VMware HA failover of virtualized workloads between physical data centers.
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