Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 9.03.45 AMSince the onset of Virtual Volumes the goal has been for storage providers to bring to life capabilities, automation and an evolution of storage consumption. Now it’s time for VVols Done Right.

Today during the company’s analyst day event, SolidFire announced their official support for Virtual Volumes with the release of their ElementOS (Version 9.0.0 Fluorine).

While working closely with some of the members of the SolidFire team such Keith Norbie, Josh Atwell, Andy Banta, Aaron Patten, Jeramiah Dooley and others, I got a chance to learn about the details of the SolidFire Virtual Volumes implementation.

From an implementation perspective, I think SolidFire has done a great job by not only by complying with all of the core implementation requirements of the Virtual Volumes framework. SolidFire is able to expand beyond the traditional capabilities used and found in the framework today and introduce a set of unique functions that has not been seen in current Virtual Volumes implementations until now!

SolidFire brings support for Virtual Volumes to vSphere customers with their Fluorine release:

Control Plane Compliance – Compliance with vSphere’s universal storage control plane and policy management framework. SolidFire/vSphere customers have the opportunity to transform their adverse storage management operations. Through the use of vSphere’s Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM), SolidFire allows customers to take legacy storage operating procedures and transform them into standardized and systematic procedures that are dynamically defined by the storage administrator for vSphere administrators.

Universal Control Plane

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VSAN-AVAIL-LogoAs a follow-up to the Virtual SAN 6.2 space efficiency features and capabilities presentation, I shared last week from the “Virtual SAN Take 20 Webcast Series”, here is the second episode where I focused on the overall availability and capabilities features of Virtual SAN.

Remember that the information covered and demonstrated as part of these webcast series, applies to all Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, and the EMC/VCE VXRAIL engineered appliances that are powered by VMware’s Hyper-Converged software stack with Virtual SAN.

As a storage platform, Virtual SAN delivers enterprise-class availability that covers several areas of potential failures including software, hardware, and other potential infrastructure failures to satisfy the availability requirements of the most demanding business-critical applications.

In this episode, I cover the majority of the availability mechanisms in Virtual SAN including built-in and tunable failure tolerance, rack awareness, stretched cluster and replication capabilities. Read Full Article →

VSAN-AristaEarlier this year around the March timeframe, I published a white paper providing network configuration guidance for deploying Virtual SAN across L2 and L3 networks. In the white paper, I covered all of the necessary configuration artifacts required to prepare and build a routed network for the deployment of Virtual SAN. In the paper, I provided all of the required configuration examples for all of the necessary networking devices (L2 and L3 devices) for two different vendors (Cisco and Brocade)

My intentions for the article and the paper was to provide prescriptive  guidance for the preparation and configuration of the network infrastructure to support the deployment of Virtual SAN over across routed and non-routed networks based on two of the most utilized/popular networking vendors in the industry today and their respective devices.

My original intentions were to use three vendors and provide the configuration examples for all three vendors (Cisco, Brocade Arista). At the time of the publishing of the paper, I wasn’t able to include in the Arista configuration in the paper at the time of the original publishing. Well, thanks to David Boone, a member of the Virtual SAN solutions architecture team who recently reminded me of the Arista configuration. The Arista configurations examples listed below follow the logical infrastructure scenario defined in the VMware Virtual SAN Layer 2 and Layer 3 Network Topology Deployments white paper.

VSAN-L3-logical-diagram - Rev2

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VSAN-SEEarlier this week I got an opportunity to participate in a Webcast series titled “Virtual SAN Take 20” where I covered some of the new space efficiency and availability capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.2 and provided some useful demonstrations of the features and capabilities. The information I covered and demonstrated is applicable for all Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and the EMC/VCE VXRAIL engineered appliances that are powered by VMware’s Hyper-Converged software package with Virtual SAN.

Virtual SAN enables the most cost-efficient all-flash performance by delivering up to 10x greater storage utilization through data reduction technologies. In this episode we will walk through the key Virtual SAN space efficiency features that enable a significantly cost-effective, flash-optimized hyper-converged infrastructure. We’ll discuss Deduplication, Compression and RAID 5/6 Erasure Coding along with tips and guidance on when, where, how and why they make sense for your hyper-converged infrastructure.

If you have 20 minutes to spare and are curious about some of the technical details of the new Virtual SAN 6.2 features, this webcast will help you get your head around it quickly. For a chance to access other  Virtual SAN take 20 presentations visit the link below:

Virtual SAN Take 20 Webcast Series


For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) and other Storage and Availability technologies, as well as vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

vmworld2016It’s about that time again… VMworld is upon us and with that comes great responsibilities. The VMworld session catalog for the US and Barcelona is now available for voting. You have the opportunity to influence some of the content that will be presented for both events.

I’ve submitted a couple of interesting sessions which I hope resonate with all VMware customers and attendees of the events. I’ve listed the sessions below and if they are of interest make sure you take a few minutes and vote for your favorites. Hopefully, I will see you in Las Vegas or Barcelona. Vote!.

Submitted Sessions

Session Title: Build and Deploy a Mini-AWS Production Cloud in 30 Minutes Using VMware HCS NSX and VIO – Submission ID: 8492

Session Abstract: AWS has established new IaaS expectations with the core compute (EC2), block storage (EBS), and networking (VPC). The self-service, multi-tenant, simple API based consumption have greatly accelerated app development process. What if I told you that in 30mins you can transform your vSphere + NSX + VSAN environment into a mini-AWS cloud with EC2, EBS and VPC services? What is If told you that the same open source tools that work against AWS will work against the cloud that you build and operate? And what if I told you that your cloud will actually be richer in functionality and of course you will control its destiny? Speakers – Rawlinson Rivera @PunchingClouds | Arvind Soni

Session Title: Multi-Site Data Center Deployments of VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX Across Routed Networks – Submission ID: 7908

Session Abstract: Virtual SAN and NSX together provide the most comprehensive and best in class software-defined storage and network and security solution for multi-site software-defined data centers. With HCI being the new efficient, and cost effective building block architecture for the Software-Defined Data Center that complements existing VMware products to bring Networking, Compute and Storage together to deliver Active/Active data centers across different networks without the need to extend layer 2 networks across different sites. This session covers the design decisions and implementation details for preparing and building the necessary requirements for the network infrastructure for multi-site use cases with Virtual SAN and NSX. The configuration and deployment of the multi-site solution of Virtual SAN and NSX over layer 3 networks will demonstrated live.
Speakers – Rawlinson Rivera @PunchingClouds | Elver Sena Sosa @Elvers_Opinion

Session Title: Securing the Underlay for Virtual SAN and NSX – Submission ID: 7577

Session Abstract: The security integrity of the Data Center’s Infrastructure is of vital importance in the Enterprise. The traditional strategy of providing Infrastructure security by using perimeter security appliance and Infrastructure isolation has been shown to be inefficient. Any business that has or is considering adopting a Software-Defined Data Center architecture with VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX cannot afford compromising the supporting infrastructure and allow unauthorized access to business data and services. In this session, we will cover some of the security protections that should be applied provided and applied for Software-Defined Data Center infrastructures powered by VMware Virtual SAN and VMware NSX across routed and non-routed networks. Speakers – Rawlinson Rivera @PunchingClouds | Elver Sena Sosa @Elvers_Opinion Read Full Article →