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Slick HCI trick: VMware smooths off vSAN's rough edges

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN. vSAN already dominates the HCI software market, but the firm is looking to its own users for growth. Yanbing Li, SVP and general manager of VMware's Storage and Availability Business Unit, said millions of vSphere users …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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VMware ponders baking backup into VSAN

VMware has pondered baking backup and disaster recovery into its VSAN software-defined storage tool. Speaking at the Sydney VMware User Group conference in Sydney today, Cormac Hogan, director and chief technologist of VMware’s Storage and Availability Business Unit, said “We are very focussed on building an ecosystem for VSAN …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2018
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White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware. Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) v4 came out a year ago with enhanced VMware support, multi-container networking, and scaling up to 128 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Support for Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft's version of VSAN, has been stripped from the latest build of Windows Server 2016, version 1709, which was released on Tuesday. Storage Spaces aggregates the hard drives in a Windows Server cluster to provide a single logical pool of capacity, which is available to applications …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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vSphere scales up, if you're willing to ditch a switch or server

VMware's popped out the first update to vSphere 6.5 and it's unusually interesting for this sort of minor release. Scale is the headline-grabber. You can now run 50,000 VMs in a powered-on vSphere Domain, up from 30,000. That Domain can now register 70,000 VMs, up from 50,000. To wrangle all those VMs, you can now run 15 …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2017
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Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack. The Register understands that the bank has signed up for a lot of Virtual SAN, to run on Dell EMC servers, and that the combination will become an important part of its hybrid cloud. We understand that the deal goes beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
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VMware VSAN has six dot six appeal

VMware says it has upped flash IO performance by half with the latest vSAN version, as well as adding myriad point feature updates. The software is built to provide a virtual SAN by aggregating the locally-attached storage of a cluster of VMware host nodes into a shared block-access resource. It is the fundamental storage …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017

Nuclear subs seek virtual SAN, says VMware

VMware says it's been asked to consider how nuclear submarines might use its virtual SAN. Duncan Epping, the company's chief technologist storage and availability, told today's VMware User Group UserCon in Sydney, Australia, that Virtzilla's been asked to create “an architecture” for use in a such a sub, but couldn't offer any …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2017
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VSAN users get file access with DataSphere: It's a computing resource 3-way

+Comment Primary Data is providing file services for VSAN and its block-based storage. VSAN is VMware's virtual SAN software, which aggregates storage on connected servers to provide a virtual shared block storage array. It is used in many hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIS) systems, such as Dell EMC's VxRail. Primary Data' …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
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VMware waves white flag: vSphere, vRealize, VSAN dock with Docker

VMworld Europe Containers are docking at this week's VMworld Europe Barcelona shindig – with VMware supporting containers in its compute, storage and management product set (vSphere, VSAN and vRealize) for production use. VMware is seemingly taking EMC's approach to disruptive technology by disrupting itself by its own hand: witness EMC …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

The glamour news in data centres for the past couple of years has been all about all-flash arrays, with converged systems providing a growing backdrop. The flash arrays provided hot performance while converged systems (CI) led by Dell EMC's CPSD (Converged Platforms & Solutions Division – formerly VCE) and Cisco/NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2016
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VMware's Virtual SAN to gain data-at-rest encryption

VMware's kicked off a new round of beta testing for its virtual storage area network (VSAN). Duncan Epping, Virtzilla's chief technologist for Storage & Availability, has blogged that VMware is “in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features”: Software data-at-rest encryption Nested Fault Domains (FDs) for …
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The kid is not VSAN: EMC buffs up ScaleIO for high-end types

EMC has buffed up its ScaleIO virtual SAN software. Hopkinton positions ScaleIO as virtual SAN software for higher-end data centres than subsidiary VMware’s VSAN virtual SAN software, and also for customers using Hyper-V server virtualisation, which VSAN does not support. ScaleIO scales out to more nodes than VSAN, we’re told …
Chris Mellor, 4 Apr 2016
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VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market. 6.2 The new version was launched a few …
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VMware VSAN to gain Nimble-style analytics and cloud-native APIs

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then VMware has just told the world that Nimble Storage is a really great company. Virtzilla has signalled an intention to give its VSAN software-defined storage code the backing of an analytics service that Nimble Storage has had since day dot. Nimble's secret sauce is called “ …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2016
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Where VSAN doesn't shine: Sources explain EMC's ScaleIO purpose

EMC introduced its scale-out ScaleIO Node virtual SAN a couple of weeks ago, with hybrid flash-disk and all-flash server chassises. It overlaps as a product with EMC-owned VMware's VSAN, and therefore EMC's EVO:RAIL implementation of that, and also competes with scale-out all-flash arrays. Discussions with sources have …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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What the Zeus? Nexenta beats VSAN, Nutanix and SimpliVity

Comment IT biz Northern Backup has replaced Hitachi, Dell and HP SAN arrays with Nexenta storage, which it chose ahead of VMware VSA, Nutanix and SimpliVity alternatives because Nexenta storage was both cheaper and faster. Calgary-based Northern Backup was started up in 2004 and offers offsite back-up, managed hosting and support …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015
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EMC releases yet ANOTHER rack-scale server SAN

EMC's ScaleIO Node is a super-scalable server SAN that presents EMC and its users with interesting product positioning decisions compared to EVO: SDDC (EVO: RACK that was), VxRack, VMAX, VNX, VSAN, and VSPEX Blue. Joe Tucci's company, which wants to reduce internal product competition, says its ScaleIO Node scale-out server …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

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