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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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VMware Releases Long-Awaited vSphere 6 Upgrade

It's been three years since VMware has upgraded its flagship hypervisor platform, but the company took the wraps off vSphere 6, which the company said offers at least double the performance over its predecessor vSphere 5.5.

  • Premiered: 02/05/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Redmond Magazine
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined storage TBA Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA EMC TBA VVOL TBA Virtual Volumes TBA NSX TBA Microsoft TBA Google TBA IBM TBA AWS TBA Amazon AWS TBA Amazon TBA Cloud Platform TBA VMWare vCloud TBA Hyper-V TBA Microsoft Azure TBA OpenStack TBA VIO TBA Tom Fenton
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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What's the future of data storage in 2016?

Mike Matchett takes a closer look at the future of data storage technology in 2016 based on research from the Taneja Group.

  • Premiered: 01/06/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA software-defined TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Performance TBA Density TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA AFA TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA OPEX TBA Auto-Tiering TBA Optimization TBA Capacity TBA CAPEX TBA QoS TBA EMC TBA Dell TBA HPE TBA NetApp TBA IBM TBA NAS TBA 3PAR TBA StoreOnce TBA data protector TBA Oracle TBA ZDLRA