What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5

The big virtualization news from the past week or so was definitely the release and General Availability of VMware vSphere version 6.5, available for download now.

New features include:

  • Improvements to vCenter Server 6.5
  • Transition to Web Client-only
  • Improved host management
  • Enhancements to VMware Tools
  • vRealize Operations Manager updated to 6.4
  • Enhancements to the API, specifically for developers and automation
  • Security enhancements (including VM-level encryption)
  • Improvements to VMware HA and DRS
  • Storage-related enhancements (including automated UNMAP)
  • Networking enhancements

I’ll review each of these areas and also go through some caveats — especially around compatibility with other VMware products. Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the All-Flash Isilon, aka Nitro

isilon-all-flashOn 19 October, Dell EMC made an announcement about the All-Flash Isilon nodes. This product line has been code-named “Project Nitro”. The announcement was timed to occur during the first-ever Dell EMC World event.

I’ll walk through what was announced, and then provide additional details.

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Qumulo Core 2.5 is Now GA

Qumulo logoOn 15 November, Qumulo announced the availability of version 2.5 of their Qumulo Core software layer for their scale-out NAS platform.

I’ve been involved with Qumulo since they came out of stealth approximately 18 months ago — I actually helped sell a Qumulo cluster to one of our customers while Qumulo was still operating in stealth mode — so it will come as no surprise that I’m a fan.

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10 November “Caption This” Contest Winners

My 10 November #CaptionThisThursday Tweet was this:

The best responses (as judged by me) are below. Continue reading

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3 November “Caption This” Contest Winners

My 3 November #CaptionThisThursday Tweet was this:

The best responses (as judged by me) are below. Continue reading

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Cisco Announces New Storage Building Blocks — UCS S3260

Today, Cisco made some storage-related announcements that may have sounded confusing. On a first read, you might think that Cisco is attempting to re-enter the storage market. Personally, I view their announcement as wanting to ensure that they become — and remain — “storage adjacent”…

I’ll walk through things and hopefully clear up any confusion below. Continue reading

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27 October “Caption This” Contest Winners

Two days ago I tweeted this:

Inspired by some of the responses, yesterday I tweeted this:

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The Name Has Changed, but the Job Remains (Mostly) the Same

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been working for a great VAR and systems integrator, Accunet Solutions, for the past 4.5 years or so.

Recently, that’s changed.

The Announcement

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I’m Going to Storage Field Day 11 #SFD11

Storage Field DayGuess who’s heading to Storage Field Day 11?

OK, you’ve already read the title, so you know it’s me, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about it.

It’s an honor to be chosen as a delegate for an event like this. This will be my third time as a Storage Field Day delegate, so this time I at least have some idea of what I’m getting myself into. Continue reading

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Avere Systems Announces New Complete Storage Solution

avere-c2nToday, Avere Systems announced its first complete storage solution. Avere is known for their Edge Filers that virtualize NAS systems and/or act as a file-access gateway to object storage.

The just-announced C2N solution combines Avere FXT Edge Filers with Avere’s own new scale-out object storage platform. This combination allows the C2N to be used as a standalone storage solution, while still using the FXT as to virtualize other NAS devices and as a gateway to other object storage platforms — either on- or off-premises. I’ll walk through the solution below. Continue reading

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