Category Archives: Storage

Storage Array (SAN/NAS) operating systems (OS) list.

This is a post that I wanted to write long time ago. I was looking for a post/article where I could find information about array (of course the most known storage vendors) operating systems (OS) such NetApp Data ONTAP, EMC Isilon OneFS etc. The post is prepared as a table where you can find information about Storage Array… Read More »

What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.0: Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)

Recently, Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) are often on speakers, bloggers's lips. So I decided to write this post which covers some Virtual Volumes features and answers for the following questions: What are Virtual Volumes (VVOL)? Why Virtual Volumes (VVOL) are really useful? What are Storage Container and Protocol Endpoint? What is Policy Based Management? VVOL requirements and support by… Read More »

VASA and VAAI - important vSphere features?

This post covers two important vSphere features: VMware vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) and VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA). After reading this post, you will know answers for the following questions: What is VAAI and what does this feature require? How to determine if my storage supports VAAI? What are the fundamental operations used VAAI?… Read More »

EMC VSPEX Blue powered by VMware EVO:RAIL - Overview.

Yesterday (3rd February) EMC announced the GA of VSPEX Blue. This is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (like Nutanix) that uses a software-defined building block approach combining compute, storage, network and management components into a single solution. EMC VSPEX BLUE runs the VMware EVO: RAIL software - which is built on: VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter Server, VMware Virtual SAN… Read More »