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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More data services in VSAN 6.2

Good Post by Andrea Mauro (thank you)

As announced some months ago, the new Virtual SAN (VSAN 6.2) will add new data services making this solution more rich that before. Version 6.1 was announced during the last VMworld editions with some interesting features, including a ROBO scenario.

But was still limited in data service: better snapshot technologies, better VMFS, but still some limits and no deduplication, no compression, no erasure coding at all.

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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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What is coming for vSphere and VSAN? VMworld reveals…

Good Post by Duncan Epping (thank you)

I’ve been prepping a presentation for upcoming VMUGs, but wanted to also share this with my readers. The session is all about vSphere futures, what is coming soon? Before anyone says I am breaking NDA, I’ve harvested all of this info from public VMworld sessions. Except for the VSAN details, those were announced to the press at VMworld EMEA. Lets start with Virtual SAN…

The Virtual SAN details were posted in this Computer Weekly article, and by the looks of it they interviewed VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger and Alberto Farronato from the VSAN product team. So what is coming soon?

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VMware shuffles deck with vCloud Air, vRealize changes

Post by Tom Walat (thank you)

VMware announced several new products and also realigned existing offerings with new names to shake things up at VMworld 2014.

As VMware has acquired companies and developed other virtualization technologies to expand its portfolio, this natural progression has resulted in some growing pains, namely in the realignment and rebranding of products.

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Why Have VVOLs Taken So Long to Deliver?

Post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

Another VMworld has come and gone and still we haven’t seen the production deployment of VVOLs.  Just to recap, VVOLs are the evolution of the packaging of virtual machines that currently reside in data stores.  The main benefit is to be able to apply storage performance and availability policies to a VM object rather than an entire datastore as we do today. Although we’ve seen demonstrations of VVOLs for some time, VVOL code has not yet made it into a GA vSphere launch.  Presumably this will change with the release of vSphere 6.0 sometime next year.

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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick ‘n’ dirty tasting menu

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

Weren’t at VMworld? Here’s what you missed

The time around VMworld – which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them.

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VMworld 2014 – EVO:RAIL and EMC’s approach

Good Post by Chad Sakac (thank you)

Before I go much farther in talking about EVO:RAIL, I want to quickly make a black and white statement – based on what I expect analysts/press misunderstanding today’s announcements (we’ll see if they do this):  VMware is NOT getting into the hardware business 🙂

Looking at the PR, and even the way EVO:RAIL is positioned as a “product” (to me, it is a OEM program, and a VMware software product –  EVO:RAIL manager – that helps OEMs build hyper-converged appliance products) I can see why people may be confused.  Let me try to make this clear:

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VMworld Storage Recap: Nutanix, Nasuni, ManageEngine, Micron and Imation

Post by Rich Castagna (thank you)

There are plenty of storage product announcements at a big IT show like the 2013 edition of VMworld, and our intrepid reporting staff does a great job of covering those product rollouts, whether they’re blockbuster announcements or enhancements on a more modest scale. But besides the new-stuff ballyhoo, it’s always interesting to catch up with the storage vendors to get a little of the “local color” related to new and upcoming products.

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IBM at VMworld 2013: Optimization, Backup, …

Good post by Ron Riffe (thank you)

VMworld 2013 is just around the corner and at IBM, we’re gearing up for a great set of conversations with our joint clients. As you’re planning your agenda, here are a couple of things worth looking in to.

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