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  • August 29, 2016 29 Aug'16

    Hitachi UCP HC adds all-flash model, VSP beefs up VVOLs support

    The Hitachi UCP HC V240F is an all-flash version of a hybrid hyper-converged system launched in June; both versions start with three nodes and scale a node at a time.

  • February 11, 2016 11 Feb'16

    Hedvig Inc. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform

    Hedvig Inc. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform runs on off-the-shelf x86 and ARM servers, and supports in-software provisioning of block, file and object storage.

  • February 11, 2016 11 Feb'16

    Tintri VMstore T5000

    Like all of its VM-aware storage systems, Tintri’s first all-flash array -- the Tintri VMstore T5000 -- allows admins to bypass LUNs and NAS mount points when provisioning storage.

  • September 11, 2015 11 Sep'15

    Zadara VPSA helps Gilt move storage into AWS

    According to Gilt's senior systems engineer, the online shopping site can provision storage faster and at a lower cost using Zadara VSPA in AWS.

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  • VMware VVOLs helps with provisioning storage

    Sick of dealing with LUNs and NAS mount points? Virtual machine-aware storage and VMware Virtual Volumes can save you.

    Storage vendors today recognize the unique challenges with provisioning storage while delivering performance that virtualizing servers puts on storage systems. And that means administrators no longer need to stick with a traditional SAN or NAS to satisfy those requirements. Technologies such as VM-aware storage and converged infrastructures are examples of storage for virtual environments today that make integration and performance less problematic for administrators. And VVOLs can turn legacy storage arrays into VM-aware systems.

    VM-aware storage places a hypervisor integration software layer on top of a conventional storage array, integrating the storage with the underlying virtualization platform. As with hyper-converged systems, the hardware vendor must support the hypervisor you are using.

    Hyper-converged systems are specifically designed for use with virtual servers. All the major components -- CPU, storage, network and so on -- are certified to work with one another and to be compatible with the hypervisor vendor's software. The storage is preconfigured to provide optimal performance.

    VVOLs were added to the vSphere 6. They allow for provisioning storage and for data to be managed at the virtual machine level, but they require support from hardware array vendors.

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  • How are vSphere Virtual Volumes managed?

    When it comes to deploying and managing VVOLs, administrators have an option between the vSphere Web Client or the ESXCLI. Continue Reading

  • Understanding VM-aware storage options

    Virtualization has changed data centers, and now storage is changing to meet the new demands VMs place on IT administrators. Continue Reading

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