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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Introducing App Volumes 2.10

Post by Eric Sloof (thank you)

VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enables Enterprise IT to instantly deliver applications with complete application lifecycle management. VMware App Volumes provides seamless end-user experience while reducing infrastructure and management costs.

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VMware Metro Storage Cluster Overview

Good post by Derek Hennessy (thank you)

VMware Metro Storage Cluster

VMware Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) allows vCenter to stretch across two data centers in geographically dispersed locations. In normal circumstances, in vSphere 5.5 and below at least, vCenter would be deployed in Link-Mode so two vCenters can be managed as one. However, with vMSC it’s possible to have one vCenter manage all resources across two sites and leverage the underlying stretch storage and networking infrastructures. I’ve done previous blogs on NetApp MetroCluster to describe how a stretched storage cluster is spread across two disparate data centers. I’d also recommend reading a previous post done on vMSC by Paul Meehan over on www.virtualizationsoftware.com. The idea behind this post is to provide the VMware view for the MetroCluster posts and to give a better idea on how MetroCluster storage links into virtualization environments.

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Diablo Memory 1 Takes Memory Channel Flash To The Next Level

Good post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

I’ve written about Diablo Technologies in the past, and they’re been part of Tech Field Day and my other events. The company’s products have always blurred the line between storage and memory, placing flash chips on memory modules and leveraging the fast, low-latency memory channel rather than the PCI or SATA/SAS bus. Memory 1 does one better, delivering a true flash DIMM that works in virtually any server.

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HP Announces ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP announced a new addition to its ConvergedSystem line, HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). Like the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual, the CS 250 is a hyper-converged appliance that offers highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure. HP claims that CS 250 can be configured in minutes and is almost half the price of its competitors. The CS 250 is designed for virtual desktops and remote offices and offers companies an easy path to the hybrid cloud.

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Getting to know the Network Block Device Transport in VMware vStroage APIs for Data Protection

Post by Abdul Rasheed (thank you)

When you backup a VMware vSphere virtual machine using vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), one of the common ways to transmit data from VMware data store to backup server is through Network Block Device (NBD) transport. NBD is a Linux-like module that attaches to VMkernel and makes the snapshot of the virtual machine visible to backup server as if the snapshot is a block device on network. While NBD is quite popular and easy to implement, it is also the least understood transport mechanisms in VADP based backups.

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VMware Horizon 6 with View: Performance Testing

Good post by Nancy Beckus (thank you)

VMware Horizon 6 with View virtual desktops offer advantages for both end users and IT staff. End users are no longer locked to a particular machine and can access their system and files from anywhere, anytime. View transforms IT by simplifying and automating desktop and applications management. IT administrators can quickly create virtual desktops on demand based on locations and profiles.

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VAAI now available with vSphere Standard Edition

Post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

A short post today, but it highlights what I feel is an important enhancement to vSphere licensing. I’ve had lots of questions recently about why VAAI (Storage APIs for Array Integration) is not available in the standard edition of vSphere.

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Netlist Readies PCIe Based High Performance NVRAM

Post by George Crump (thank you)

The ever-increasing density of virtual infrastructures, and the need to scale databases larger than ever, is creating an ongoing need for faster storage. And while flash has become the “go to” performance option, there are environments that still need more. Nonvolatile DRAM is the heir apparent, but it often requires customized motherboards to implement, for which widespread availability could be years away. Netlist, pioneer of NVRAM, has introduced a product that is viable for most data centers right now: the EXPRESSvault EV3.

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Rumors, strategies and facts about Hyper-converged

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

A few weeks ago I attended SFD7. Most of the conversations we had during the event where about hyper-converge. And we had at least three meetings where hyper-convergence was at the center of the stage: Maxta, Springpath and VMware. The market is very active, to say the least, and still in a very effervescently expanding phase.

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