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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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Better Together: Optimizing VMware vSphere 6.0 Deployments with Dell EqualLogic PS Series

Although server virtualization provides enormous benefits for the modern data center, it can also be daunting from a storage perspective. Provisioning storage to match the exact virtual machine (VM) requirements has always been challenging, often ending in a series of compromises. Each VM will have its own unique performance and storage requirements; this can create over-provisioning and other inefficient uses of storage. A virtualization administrator has to try and match a VM’s storage requirements as close as possible to storage that has been pre-provisioned. Provisioning in this way is time consuming and does not possess the VM-level granularity required to meet the specific needs of the applications running in a VM. To exacerbate the problem, often, over the lifetime of a VM, the storage requirements for a VM will change, which requires ongoing diligence and review of the storage platform and manual intervention to meet the new requirements.

VMware vSphere 6.0 introduced the biggest change to the ESXi storage stack since the company’s inception with the inclusion of vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol helps to solve the challenge of how to match a VM’s storage requirements with external storage capabilities on a per VM basis. We found that VVol when combined with Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays become a powerful force in the datacenter.

In this brief, we call out some storage-related highlights of vSphere 6.0 such as Virtual Volumes, and then take a close look at how they, as well as traditional datastore stored VMs have been enhanced and packaged by Dell Storage into the EqualLogic PS Series storage solution. We will show how Dell and VMware have combined forces to deliver an enterprise-class virtual server and storage environment that is highly optimized and directly addresses the performance, availability, data protection and complexity challenges common in today’s business-critical virtualized data centers.

Publish date: 04/28/15
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What are protocol endpoints in vSphere VVOLs and how do they work?

VMware's new VVOLs feature allows storage functionality to be distributed on a per-VM basis. Protocol endpoints are integral to proper allocation.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA ESXi TBA LUN TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA multipathing
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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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What do I need to know about implementing vSphere VVOLs?

VSphere VVOLs are making a splash in the storage market. Taneja Group expert Tom Fenton answers questions regarding updates to firmware and software.

  • Premiered: 04/30/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere 6 TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NEC TBA SANBlaze TBA VMFS TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA Storage
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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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Implementation of VMware VVols by Different Vendors

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.

  • Premiered: 05/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Storage Newsletter
Topic(s): TBA VVOL TBA VMWare TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA Storage TBA Nutanix TBA LUN TBA Tintri TBA VM TBA SimpliVity TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA hyperconverged
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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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Boxing, VVOLs And Replication

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." – Mike Tyson

  • Premiered: 06/09/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA replication TBA Datacenter TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Site Recovery Manager TBA SRM TBA vSphere TBA HP TBA NexGen TBA NetApp TBA Tom Fenton
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Understand vSphere 6.0 VVOL Implementations from Leading Vendors

VMware vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volumes allow vendors to integrate a variety of storage capabilities at a per-VM level, but vendor implementations vary greatly. Join this webinar to get a first look at what you can expect from the VVOL integration from leading vendors. Guest speaker Tom Fenton, Senior Validation Engineer from Taneja Group, who has had conversations with a large number of both vendors and end users about their VMware environment, will lead this vendor-neutral discussion on the state of the VVOL market.

  • Premiered: 06/23/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Tom Fenton, Senior Validation Engineer, Taneja Group & Chris McCall, SVP Marketing, NexGen Storage
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NexGen Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere 6 Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Machine Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Volumes Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Chris McCall
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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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NexGen Storage Unveils Industry’s First NVMe Ready VM-level Quality of Service to Guarantee Virtual

NexGen Storage today announced its new Quality of Service (QoS) Manager for vCenter Server 6 and new VM-level QoS, the industry’s first and only VM-level QoS designed for VMware Virtual Volumes and PCIe Flash.

  • Premiered: 06/30/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA NexGen TBA Storage TBA NVMe TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA vCenter TBA VMWare TBA PCIe TBA Arun Taneja TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL