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How To Create VMware Virtual Volumes

VVOLs, as they're known, could revolutionize your datacenter. Learn how they work and how to set them up.

  • Premiered: 02/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOLs TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA API TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA Array TBA storage container TBA vCenter TBA Dell TBA NexGen TBA ESXi TBA Hitachi TBA HDS TBA NetApp
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vSphere 6 Now Available

The latest version of the VMware Inc. flagship product, vSphere 6, is available as of today. It's the first major update of vSphere since version 5.5, which came out about three years ago.

  • Premiered: 03/12/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA VMWare TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Tom Fenton TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA Storage TBA high availability TBA HA TBA Hypervisor TBA VM-aware TBA vCenter TBA Fault Tolerance TBA vCPU
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VMware Virtual Volumes – What impact will they have on the datacenter?

Join us for a fast-paced and informative 60-minute roundtable as we discuss one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs). VVOLs is the industry's first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVOLs will be packaged as a feature in VMware vSphere Standard Edition and above as well as in VMware vSphere ROBO editions, and is seeing a groundswell of interest from IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations. The panel includes VVOL experts from four major vendors that have announced they will be implementing VVOLs into their storage. Some of the questions we will be asking them include: What immediate impact will VVOLs have on the datacenter? What should the early adopters look for in a VVOL-based storage solution? Should datacenters start to implement VVOLs right away or wait for VVOL.next?

Participants:

Tom Fenton, Senior Lab Engineer, Taneja Group
David Glynn, Technical Solutions Engineer, Dell
Eric Siebert, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager; HP
Joel Kaufman, VMware Technical Director; NetApp
Ben Bolles, VP Products; NexGen Storage

  • Premiered: 04/02/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Moderator: Tom Fenton, Senior Lab Engineer, Taneja Group
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Datacenter Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Vendor Panel Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NexGen Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NetApp Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): HP Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Dell
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Five key VMware VVOLs takeaways

The highly anticipated VMware Virtual Volumes feature is now available, and increasing vendor support is expected over the next 18 months.

  • Premiered: 03/20/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Storage TBA VSAN TBA VMware VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA VMFS TBA Virtual Machine File System TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA IB TBA InfiniBand TBA SMB TBA CIFS TBA ESXi TBA EMC TBA DP
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5 Questions About Virtual Volumes for Your Vendor

VVOLs are a breakthrough for virtual environments, but every storage vendor handles them differently.

  • Premiered: 04/01/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtualization TBA architecture TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Storage
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Prepare for VMware VVOLs and how they will change storage products

The benefits of VMware VVOLs are vast and unquestioned. But most IT shops are struggling to deal with how they are changing today's storage products.

  • Premiered: 04/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA LUN TBA Performance TBA Capacity TBA Acopia TBA Caching TBA Thin Provisioning TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA Deduplication TBA Encryption TBA Hypervisor TBA Volumes TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA storage container TBA vSphere TBA DAS TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Virtual SAN
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VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter

Join us for the first in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars, as we discuss with VMware one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is the industry's first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVol is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments. 

This moderated session features Juan Novella and Ken Werneburg, VVol experts from VMware, who will discuss VVol technology, the rapidly expanding ecosystem, and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.

Panelists:
Juan Novella, Product Marketing Manager – Storage; VMware
Ken Werneburg, Senior Architect - Technical Marketing; VMware

  • Premiered: 04/30/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Tom Fenton, Taneja Group; Juan Novella, VMware; Ken Werneburg, VMware
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SAN Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NAS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Datacenter Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Machine Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton
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Are vSphere Virtual Volumes necessary with an EVO:RAIL appliance?

Taneja Group's Tom Fenton explains how VVOLs work, and the storage differences between VVOLs and VSAN.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Storage TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA EVO:RAIL TBA hyperconverged TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA VM-centric TBA LUN TBA storage provisioning TBA SPBM TBA Storage Policy Based Management
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What storage problems can vSphere Virtual Volumes solve?

VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Storage TBA virtual administrator TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA NFS TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA Ethernet TBA LUN TBA SPBM TBA Storage Policy Based Management TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA QoS TBA VM-centric
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Dell's Implementation of VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols)

Join us in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars on vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). In this session, the Taneja Group will talk with David Glynn from Dell Storage. VVols is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by VMware’s storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments.

The Taneja Group will discuss VVol technology with David and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter and how Dell is enabling this technology with their arrays. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.
 

Panelist:

David Glynn, Technical Solutions Engineer; Dell Storage

  • Premiered: 05/14/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Moderator: Tom Fenton, Taneja Group; David Glynn, Dell Storage
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware Virtual Volumes Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Dell Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Datacenter Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Machine Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton
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Data aware storage yields insights into business info

Storage isn't just a bunch of dumb disks anymore. In fact, storage infrastructure is smarter than ever.

  • Premiered: 05/20/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA data-aware TBA Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Performance TBA High Performance TBA Metadata TBA Hadoop TBA HDFS TBA object storage TBA Intelligent Storage TBA QoS TBA Oracle TBA Oracle FS1 TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA RAID TBA Hypervisor TBA API TBA Tintri TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA Lucene TBA Solr
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How can storage arrays take advantage of vSphere VVOLs?

Virtual Volumes allow storage features to be provisioned to VMs, but the available feature set depends on the hardware.

  • Premiered: 05/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA Tom Fenton TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Storage TBA Dell TBA EqualLogic TBA RAID TBA Snapshots TBA Performance
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Market Landscape Abstract: Survey of VVol Implementation by Various Storage Vendors

VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) is one of the most important technologies that impacts how storage interacts with virtual machines. In April and May 2015, Taneja Group surveyed eleven storage vendors to understand how each was implementing VVols in their storage arrays. This survey consisted of 32 questions that explored what storage array features were exported to vSphere 6, how VMs were provisioned and managed. We were surprised at the level of differences and the variety of methods used to enable VVols. It was also clear from the analysis that underlying limitations of an array will limit what is achievable with VVols. However, it is also important to understand that there are many other aspects of a storage array that matter—the VVol implementation is but one major factor. And VVol implementation is a work in progress and this represents only the first pass.

We categorized these implementations in three levels: Type 1, 2 and 3, with Type 3 delivering the most sophisticated VVol benefits. The definitions of these three types is shown below, as is the summary of findings.

Most storage array vendors participated in our survey but a few chose not to, often due to the fact that they already delivered the most important benefits that VVols deliver, i.e. the ability to provision and manage storage at a VM-level, rather than at a LUN, volume or mount point level. In particular that list included the hyperconverged players, such as Nutanix and SimpliVity but also players like Tintri.

Publish date: 06/08/15
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So you think you know VVols

VM-aware storage is the future. It brings storage into alignment with virtual machines, and makes the jobs of virtualization and storage admins much easier. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) brings vSphere 6 closer to that vision, but what is less clear is whether conventional storage can actually deliver on the VVol promise. And there are still many questions: how does VVol work, how well do conventional storage vendors work with VVol, and what VM-aware storage features does VVol support?

Join us for a webinar featuring experts from The Taneja Group and Tintri as we discuss the roots, the promise, and the future of VVols, and how Tintri VM-aware storage delivers the benefits of virtual volumes today across multiple hypervisor platforms.

Presenters:

  • Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst; Taneja Group
  • Chuck Dubuque, Senior Director Product Marketing; Tintri

  • Premiered: 06/30/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Arun Taneja, Taneja Group; Chuck Dubuque, Tintri
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tintri Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Arun Taneja Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Volumes Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere 6 Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Machine
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The Promise of VM-Centric Storage and VVols: Tintri VMstore Delivers the Future Promise Now

The din surrounding VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) is deafening. It started in 2011 when VMware announced the concept of VVols and the storage industry reacted with enthusiasm and culminated with its introduction as part of vSphere 6 release in April 2015. Viewed simply, VVols is an API that enables storage arrays that support the functionality to provision and manage storage at the granularity of a VM, rather than LUNs or Volumes or mount points, as they do today. Without question, VVols is an incredibly powerful concept and will fundamentally change the interaction between storage and VMs in a way not seen since the concept of server virtualization first came to market. No surprise then that each and every storage vendor in the market is feverishly trying to build in VVols support and competing on the superiority of their implementation.

Yet one storage player, Tintri, has been delivering products with VM-centric features for four years without the benefit of VVols. How can this be so? How could Tintri do this? And what does it mean for them now that VVols are here? To do justice to this question we will briefly look at what VVols are and how they work and then dive into how Tintri has delivered the benefits of VVols for several years. We will also look at what the buyer of Tintri gets today and how Tintri plans to integrate VVols. Read on…

Publish date: 06/26/15
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VMware VVOLs could lift external storage systems

VMware VVOLs could be the elixir traditional external storage systems need to gain ground on VM-centric storage and hyper-converged products.

  • Premiered: 08/03/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VM-centric TBA Storage TBA hyper-converged TBA Cloud TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Dell TBA EMC TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Tintri TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA high availability TBA HA TBA RAID TBA Capacity
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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Can your cluster management tools pass muster?

The right designs and cluster management tools ensure your clusters don't become a cluster, er, failure.

  • Premiered: 11/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA cluster TBA Cluster Management TBA Cluster Server TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Virtualization TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Big Data TBA scale-up TBA CAPEX TBA IT infrastructure TBA OPEX TBA Hypervisor TBA Migration TBA QoS TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA cloud infrastructure TBA OpenStack